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I have a BA in Chemistry from Yeshiva University and recently finished an MA in Chemistry from Columbia University. I was a TA for organic chemistry lab/lecture and have done a bunch of other tutoring as well. Obviously chemistry rocks, but I also enjoy tutoring SAT and GRE math!

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Barry’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Yeshiva University - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Masters, Chemistry

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1480

SAT Math: 770

SAT Writing: 700

GRE Quantitative: 165


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Q & A

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

I'd figure out our end goal, and then outline a plan to get there.

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

I'd break it down into smaller pieces or use analogies, but sometimes just diving in and working some problems helps, too!

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

I try to apply strategies that will help them first understand what the question is asking so they can read with the question in mind--read purposefully instead of just for information.

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

Start with some simple examples to show that the material is within reach, and then slowly build up to the harder material--but without calling certain questions "hard," because that can be a psyche out.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By having a student speak out his or her thought process as he or she works through a diagnostic question.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Lots of practice problems, online tutorials, YouTube, and whatever it takes...

What is your teaching philosophy?

The vast majority of people can learn the vast majority of things.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Don't just solve questions; speak out the thought process that goes into solving a questions--provide tools, not answers.

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