After completing secondary school in South Africa, I did a PG year at a high school in Connecticut.
During my year in Connecticut, I took Honors and AP Chemistry, Honors and AP Physics, and Honors Calculus; I also received the CollegeBoard AP Scholar with Honors Award.
I have experience tutoring the New SAT. I understand the material and subtle nuances of the test. I have developed test-taking strategies that help a great deal when taking the SAT.
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor of Science, Economics
ACT Composite: 30
ACT Math: 32
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440
SAT Math: 800
Finance, Movies, Snowboarding
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Elementary School Science
High School Physics
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
Many practice problems, and then practice exams in virtual/real test-taking scenarios.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find the problem areas. Possibly through a test to see where he/she stands.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give incentives to learn and reach new academic heights.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep at it, and look for different ways to teach the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Welcoming all questions so that they aren't scared to ask even the simplest of questions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Test the material regularly until perfected.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Break it down into its simplest concepts so that they can build upon them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through practice/evaluation tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will have to see what method is most effective through experience with the student, and then go with that method.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Online test prep sites, test prep books and practice tests.