I find great joy in teaching math and science. Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to teach these subjects to both elementary school students, in an environmental education camp, and fellow college students, as a peer tutor. In these positions, I found great gratification in seeing a student have an epiphany in learning. I promote this learning by making analogies and other connections that the student not only relates to, but also finds interesting. In this manner I am not only able to make lessons exciting, but I also become energized myself. In the end my student always leaves with a fresh perspective, added strength in a previously weak subject area, and an increased passion for learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The Cooper Union - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490
SAT Math: 750
SAT Verbal: 720
SAT Subject Test in Physics: 720
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 710
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 760
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I teach through stories and analogies. Giving a dry definition never works well, but by making the lesson interactive, the student is far more motivated to learn. Therefore, I only do a fraction of the talking while the student explains, acts, and learns.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is an important time to understand exactly how much the student understands. By asking simple questions, I am able to get a feeling for what areas need to be focused on. This lesson is also an important time to establish a relationship. A tutor should be a peer, who can help and guide the student, in a friendly manner, to the proper answer.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When tutoring, one is often tempted to simply supply the student with the answer. However, through practice, I understand that it is important to guide the student, and let them do most of the work. I simply take a step back, and supervise the learning, simultaneously motivating while also assuring the lesson is kept on track.