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Joo An

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I am an SDET (engineeer) working at Samsung's R&D center in Bellevue, WA. I received a competitive, full ride(tuition, room, and board) to Emory University where I studied Physics and Applied Mathematics.

I also have extensive experience working in tutoring. One of my most enjoyable moments in undergrad was working as a Research Assistant at Semyung University in optimizing the instruction of curricula for incoming college freshmen.

I believe in a problem based approach rather than a lecture based one. Most deficiencies in scores are caused by gaps in the student's knowledge. Through assessment, we can identify where these areas are and fill them so the student has an internally consistent view.

Joo An’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Bachelors, Physics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 31

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 33

SAT Composite: 2050

SAT Math: 760

Hobbies

Swimming, StarCraft, Snorkeling, Sunbathing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am an engineer, working at Samsung's R&D center in Bellevue, WA. I majored in physics at Emory University, a top 25 school as ranked by US News, where I attended as the recipient of full tuition, room, and board scholarship.

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

In our first session, I must first understand the framework you have built for yourself regarding the subject. Everyone builds a certain mode in approaching a subject. These modes may have gaps.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The process of identifying gaps is a two-way street. Through the process of being tutored, the student gains insight on how to approach novel solutions independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The most important aspect of learning is to keep a log of the work done so far. Learning is cumulative in nature, and, without an understanding of the progress made, it is easy to lose motivation.

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

All difficulty arises from missing gaps in the student's framework. By tackling the issues regarding the student's overall understanding of the discipline, we are able to overcome obstacles that would be present when approaching the issue from just skimming problems.