Hi. My name's Keenan, and I'm a huge test geek. I also happen to enjoy sharing my experience from test taking and test preparation with others. Setting a goal is just as important as having the motivation to reach that goal. You're only as good as the work you put in. It's my job to make sure that the work is done as smoothly and efficiently as possible. This will mean getting to know students and what's important to them along the way. We're all in this together, so let's get to work! Additionally, I work as a Brown alumni to help conduct interviews on their behalf in the Los Angeles area.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Engineering / Economics (Dual degree)
ACT Composite: 36
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite: 1550
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 750
Video Games / Improv Comedy / Education
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Communication is key. You need to be prepared to see the situation from the perspective of others in order to best help students reach their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first lesson, I like to set up a schedule. Usually, I work backwards from the actual test date that the student has decided upon. From there, we try and determine what, if any, other tests may conflict, so that we can be prepared. Then we try and set up times of the week when we know the student can devote energy towards the assignment, as well as a lesson time to commit to.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
For a student to become an independent learner, it takes encouragement to want to know more. A student must take it upon themselves and challenge themselves in a way to seek out new information on a regular basis. This usually involves reading on a regular basis (listening to podcasts / consuming knowledge without too strong a bias). The more a subject strikes closer to home, the easier it is to relate to and start forming individual opinions. This is the beginning of independent thinking. I would try to find subjects that interest the student and steer the student to start reading more information to become an expert on that subject, no matter how trivial (example: video games).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Goals are the best way to keep a student motivated. As it applies to test prep, the immediate goal is always the score from the test itself. However, it's important to maintain sight of the overall goal, which is flexibility as it pertains to college admissions. Rather than motivate a student with a number, it's sometimes more effective to motivate a student with a school and a way of life granted by said school. Also, the idea that the student is not alone in a vacuum, but rather competing with thousands of other students at the same time. Each one, possible working harder than the student in question. Lastly, the idea of daily progress. It's not going to be a jump, but rather the improvements we make from grinding away day to day. Don't be discouraged if we can't see it just now. But rather, take comfort in knowing that it will pay off if the student is willing to make the sacrifices (the Karate Kid method).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Communication. If a student is having difficulty with a problem, it's important to be able to come up with a relevant example that is similar but more digestible for the audience involved. If the student is into video games, perhaps relate the question back to a scenario from said video game. Relating unfamiliar concepts with familiar situations.