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Casey

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I started tutoring in college—about five years ago now. The opportunity to impart to my students some of the hard work I had put into learning was very rewarding. Quite often, I found that explaining a concept in a way that is accessible to peers even expanded my own understanding of the concept.

I did some graduate-school work at Boston University in Mechanical Engineering (which is also the field that my undergraduate degree is in), which involved being a teaching assistant for a year. I quickly discovered that the aspect of engineering I liked the most was the fundamental science behind it. Naturally, that includes a lot of mathematics—the language of science!—which I also enjoy for its own sake. Since then, I have tutored many NYC high school and college students in math, physics, and test prep.

I would describe my tutoring method as adaptive: students’ learning styles vary and the same strategy rarely works for everybody, so I try to tailor my work to the specific student’s needs and goals. That said, I always make sure to involve the student in their learning by guiding them towards the answers (Socratic method) rather than spoon-feeding. I rarely spend much of a tutoring session lecturing.

Outside of academia, I spend a lot of my time reading fiction, practicing yoga and meditation, and appreciating art in all of its forms.

Casey’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Idaho State University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Boston University - PHD, Mechanical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2280

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 690

SAT Writing: 790

GRE: 339

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 169

Hobbies

reading, biking, yoga, music, art, film, writing, tennis

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Statistics

Calculus

Calculus 2

Calculus 3

College Physics

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Finite Mathematics

GED Prep

GED Math

Geometry

GRE Analytical Writing

High School Physics

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Physics

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Mechanical Engineering

Multivariable Calculus

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

REGENTS Prep

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

Science

Statistics

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I would describe my tutoring method as adaptive: students' learning styles vary and the same strategy rarely works for all students, so I try to tailor my work to the specific student's needs and goals. That said, I always make sure to involve the student in their learning by guiding them towards the answers rather than spoon-feeding. I rarely spend much of a tutoring session lecturing.