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Thanks to one-on-one help in middle and high school, I not only achieved stronger grades/test scores, but gained the confidence I will continue to use even beyond graduate school. I hope to give others the same invaluable tool set!

Zoe’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sarah Lawrence College - Current Undergrad, Pre-Medicine

Hobbies

Medicine, math, drawing, photography

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACT Math

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Calculus AB

ASPIRE Math

CAHSEE Mathematics

Calculus

CHSPE Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

College English

College Essays

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Competition Math

Drawing

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Finite Mathematics

GED Prep

GED Math

Geometry

Graphic Design

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Math Prep

IB Further Mathematics

IB Further Mathematics HL

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Life Sciences

Linear Algebra

Math

Mathematica

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Pre-Algebra

Printmaking

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

The ways I've always preferred to learn myself are typically the ways I teach. Once it seems like a student has a pretty strong understanding of a subject, I like to play competitive or timed games. It can be anything from dry-erase board Jeopardy to quiz racing. This way practice problems don't get too repetitive, and students know they can handle the material under pressure. I've found this especially helpful with test prep!

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I've worked with students who pick up material quickly, but have little motivation/organizational skills. These students are more successful with sessions dedicated to a variety of different problem set activities--to keep the new concepts engaging. Some students are very organized and motivated, but take a little longer to understand a concept. These students will have an easier time doing practice problems on their own, so sessions are better spent going over several new concepts in depth. Recognizing the difference here is very important to making sessions more efficient.

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

First, I like to have the student go through step-by-step the problems they found most challenging on a problem set. Then, I come up with a sampling of mini problems that focus on the trickiest component--like factoring or application of a formula--and guide the student through those until they're confident.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Personally, I'm a visual learner. Habits I've developed like illustrated note-taking (I used to even make science comics sometimes in high school), flashcards, etc., have really helped me study solo. I've also found it helpful to teach students how to better use online resources to find/check their own practice problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Small goals! It's so important to celebrate achievements like mastering the application of one specific integral identity or getting all the way through a novel. That way it's easier to push through going back and getting all the details.

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

Practice is usually the most important part of grasping a concept. It's also what students tend to find most monotonous and frustrating. By playing games and trying out different approaches, I can help a student practice a skill without burning out.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Students who are struggling with reading comprehension often benefit from engaging with the material in new ways. For example, it may help to make light annotations or pause every so often to ask a question or express an opinion. Repeated guidance going through text this way ultimately forms habits that will help the student with reading comprehension long after the sessions.