I love to be helpful to people, and I love to help students improve their performance in classes and on tests. I have an excellent track record of strong performances in graded classes and on standardized tests. I am confident that I can help any student take their performance to the next level in any of several academic subject areas, especially math and chemistry, and on standardized tests.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - PHD, Inorganic Chemistry
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 630
Sports (especially soccer), puzzles (jigsaw, crossword, soduku), Music (Classical and Classic Rock), and Bicycling
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
DAT Quantitative Reasoning
DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
Graduate Level Chemistry
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I learn first. That is, I learn a student's learning style and barriers to improved performance. Then, I cater my approach to that learning style and offer ways to overcome those barriers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would spend the first few minutes with a student by giving a very brief introduction of myself, and then asking the student to describe his/her situation. I would attempt to determine that student's learning style and barriers to success. Then, I would go over some material that the student has supplied, if available. Finally, I would give the student some practice problems to solve as I observe. I would point out possible ways to overcome barriers to success. Halfway through and at the end of the session, I would stop and ask the student if (s)he is happy with how our session has gone. I would hope to get some feedback and modify my future approach accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by taking advantage of opportunities to raise the student's self-confidence and discussing the benefits of being able to seek and discover information on one's own.