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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Biology, General
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 32
MCAT Biological Sciences: 130
Reading about medicine, startups, culture, language, and fiction, exploring New York City, playing chess, playing soccer, cooking
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.