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Ryan

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Hello all! My name is Ryan and I am very excited by the prospect of tutoring you! I am currently a Biomedical Engineering student at Duke University with a passion for both learning and teaching. I have quite a bit of experience tutoring other students in a wide variety of topics, so you can trust that you will be in good hands and will be well on your way to the academic results you desire. Some things about me outside of academics is I am a huge soccer fan and player and enjoy going outdoors to longboard, wakeboard, ski, and whatever else can give me my daily dose of adrenaline.

Ryan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Duke University - Current Undergrad, Biomedical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 35

SAT Math: 770

SAT Writing: 710

AP Chemistry: 4

AP Calculus BC: 5

AP World History: 4

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 780

AP Environmental Science: 5

Hobbies

Soccer, Longboarding, Wakeboarding, Skiing, and Boy Scouts.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Understanding how someone learns is always the first step in teaching, and while the school system is not always the best at this task, I consistently dedicate myself to this goal.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would first like to hear about some of their current subject weaknesses. Then I would ask them about their goals for the session as well as future sessions. After this we would most likely jump straight into the tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Becoming an independent learner is a process that has three basic steps. First, I teach the student the information by showing them how I would do something. Next, I have them do it with me helping them. Lastly, I have them do it independently. Now, this process varies student by student and can be tweaked in many ways, but this is still the basic premise.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping a student stay motivated largely has to do with understanding who the student is: why they signed up for tutoring and what they hope to accomplish. After I know this, I can always remind them of these reasons, and it typically keeps them motivated and going strong.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

First I would identify exactly what it is they have trouble with by having them do a practice problem. Then, after identifying the weakness, I would reteach the material in a different way and lead them through some similar problems.