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I am a Mount Holyoke College graduate with a degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy. As an alum of a liberal arts institution, I have gained a passion for teaching from previous my mentors and experiences. Therefore, I would like to use this platform to support young students in their academic goals and endeavors. I have 6+ years of experience tutoring in STEM and Humanities from grades K-12. I also have experience tutoring in college level Biology and Chemistry classes. As a NYC native, and a Bronx High School of Science graduate I understand that students are constantly under pressure and competition. My goal is to make sure students understand and believe in their own prowess while continuing to improve their skills and capacities. I hope that we will have an opportunity to work together in the future!

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Zarrin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Mount Holyoke College - Bachelors, Neuroscience and Behavior / Child Development

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 30

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1410

AP Biology: 4

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 5

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 4

AP Human Geography: 4

Hobbies

Traveling, Singing, Swimming, Hiking, Community Service, Neurological research, Medicine,

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

ACT Reading

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

AP Research

AP US History

Biology

Chemistry

College Application Essays

College Biology

College English

College Level American History

Developmental Biology

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

General Biology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

History

IB Biology

Languages

Latin

Latin 1

Latin 2

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Math

Organic Chemistry

Other

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

REGENTS Prep

Science

SHSAT Prep

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Writing

Q & A

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

When it comes to reading comprehension, the important thing is to break down the mass amount of information present. I personally like to use highlighters and notes throughout a passage. With my student, I will review paragraph by paragraph, while having them highlight important information regarding the main idea and details that support it. Most questions that follow reading passages include identifying details that support the main idea, syntax, etc. I will help the student locate stylistic choices of the writer, such as the use of metaphors, similes, analogies, etc. When the student becomes comfortable with identifying syntax, style, diction, and content, they will have an easier time understanding the passage as a whole and answering questions.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Lecture based tutoring tends to bore students. Instead, I like to use interaction throughout the session. Instead of rambling through topics, at each mark of a session, I like to ask my students questions and give them problems to solve for themselves based on what I've taught. This helps me assess how much the students are absorbing, and what they need more assistance with.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

This is a very difficult task, especially when the area of subject prevails difficult to the student. I like to break down the topic to simplify the nature of the material. Often times when the curriculum is a heavy load, students are intimidated and therefore lack excitement. By creating schedules and little goals with the student for every session, I plan to engage them. By having a say in what they learn and what goals are set for the class or an exam, students feel as if they are in control of their work and abilities. This boosts confidence and students are more excited about completing assignments and studying.

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