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Dezmond

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Hello everyone!

I recently graduated from Columbia University (2015) with a BA in Environmental Biology.

I first started tutoring during my gap year between high school and college when I helped build a local tutoring service with a friend. Even though that tutoring service is no longer operational, I continued to tutor students throughout my time at Columbia.

As a tutor, I understand that each student is unique. Instead of doing to same routine, I like to develop a tutoring strategy that caters to each students' strengths and learning styles. I like to incorporate a diverse group to learning modes including written work, active discussion, real world demonstrations, videos and interactive computer modules. Using all of these tools and my own experience and knowledge, I hope to help every student I tutor reach their full potential.

Dezmond’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Environmental Biology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2170

Hobbies

Writing, Cycling, Farming, Programming


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Activity. I learn best by doing, and always like to provide this learning option to students as much as possible, whether that means working through homework together, real-world demonstrations or independent projects and assignments fueled by a student's own curiosity.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The key to fostering independent learning is to help students discover how to required material relates to their own interests. Unfortunately, even at the undergraduate level, most introductory courses do not cover all the details of a subject, or how it is used by people in the real world. As a student, my most product and meaningful learning has come from exploring these avenues independently. This is how I learned much of differential calculus as a high school freshman and how I am learning Python and bioinformatics right now. As a tutor, one of my first priorities is to figure out the things about a particular subject that a student finds most interesting so that I can focus our tutoring sessions around those topics, and present avenues for independent study.

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

The first step in any relationship is getting to know one another. In addition to learning more about a student, their passions and problem areas, I also want the students I tutor to have a good sense of who I am and how I teach. That means jumping head first into the material, working through it together, but with an emphasis on independence and dialogue. I want to see how well a student understands the material currently, and which areas we can develop further.