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I recently graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Biology and currently work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research assistant. I am very comfortable tutoring the ACT, high school math, English, and some MCAT sections. Last summer, I tutored my younger brother for the ACT, helping to raise his score from 23 to 28. I also taught an ACT Science and Reading workshop during the summer of 2013 to students preparing for the exam. Ideally, I would like to tutor students preparing for the ACT and assist them as they prepare for college.

Kaleel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Biology, General

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 32

MCAT Biological Sciences: 130


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Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

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

Start with an area they comfortable, confident, and (ideally) excited about. I believe it's best to build from a student's strong points and interests in order to expand their skills and comfort level with other areas.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use diagnostic tests. If this is for the ACT, then simply having them take a practice test or looking at one of their recent ones. The same goes for the MCAT. When it comes to class subjects, I'll usually give them an age/class appropriate test to see where they are at. A few other key areas are confidence in their ability to learn the material and perform well on tests, interest in the subject matter, and willingness to commit to a study regimen. I usually assess these through a simple survey followed by talking with them.