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B.A. in Psychology '17. Pre-Med Track. Bio geek, writer/poet, research enthusiast, and music lover. Pursuing a second Bachelors (B.S. in Natural Sciences) before Medical School.

I love being able to help other students understand material that they might have a hard time with. It's fulfilling to me and helps me with my studies as well. I have a mantra that I get nowhere unless I help those around me get somewhere.

Future goals: Orthopedic Surgeon, Neurosurgeon or Interventional Radiologist and Mid-Size Business Owner.

Fun Facts: Major fan of The Blacklist," and my iTunes library probably has a song for everyone.

Syd’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Bernard M Baruch College - Current Undergrad, Psychology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1660

Hobbies

Music. Medicine. Research. Poetry. Movies.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

History

American Literature

AP Psychology

AP Research

Art

Basic Computer Literacy

Biology

Business

Cell Biology

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Biology

CLEP College Composition

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Introduction to Business Law

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Natural Sciences

CLEP Social Sciences and History

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College Biology

College Business

College English

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Developmental Biology

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Handwriting

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Human Development

IB

IB Biology

IB Extended Essay

IB Psychology

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Neurobiology

Neuroscience

Operating Systems

Other

PC Basic Computer Skills

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 2

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World History

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Past performance and a test-run during the first session. Talking to them and/or their parent(s) is a great way to gain perspective.

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

Learn more about their studying methods and how it's reflected in class performance.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Finding ways for the student to maximize their understanding of the material through various memorization and cognitive "hacks."

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reminding them that no one is perfect-- everyone has difficulty in something. Whatever subject they do not perform well in can become their greatest strength.

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

Use myself as an example, and try to illustrate it. Maybe the student has better visual learning than auditory learning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

"The better you understand something, the more you know. Who doesn't want to know more?"

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Test them on the concepts that we have gone over in the beginning. It's always easier to recall recent information, so by starting with the earliest topic, I can see if they have stored it in LTM.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I look for what they have the hardest time dealing with and focus on that.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Pen and paper. Illustrations and flowcharts help a lot of students ingrain complex structures of information.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would help them improve their vocabulary and run through a series of passages so that they could learn to deduce concepts in different materials.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

By learning how they make associations. By doing so, it is easier for me to formulate pathways leading to the correct logic or answer. Association makes memorization occur a lot faster.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Test them on things we have gone over until they get it right and understand it. The minute they realize that they can grasp 80% or more of the topic in question, is the moment they realize that it's no longer insurmountable.