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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Idaho State University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Boston University - PHD, Mechanical Engineering
SAT Composite: 2280
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 690
SAT Writing: 790
GRE Quantitative: 170
GRE Verbal: 169
reading, biking, yoga, music, art, film, writing, tennis
High School Physics
IB Further Mathematics
IB Mathematical Studies
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
Technology and Computer Science
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.