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Nathan

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I just recently graduated from college. I enjoy tutoring, and have done a lot of it throughout college. I have a lot of experience with breaking any hard concepts down to small and simple junks that are easy for students to grasp. I can help with any topics in math and science, college prep, and both ACT and SAT standardized test.

Nathan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Test Scores

ACT Math: 33

ACT Science: 30

Hobbies

Piano, Programing, Tutoring, Taekwondo, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Mountain Climbing, Wake Surfing, and Cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

AP Statistics

Biochemistry

Biology

Biostatistics

Business

Business Ethics

Calculus

Chemistry

College Chemistry

College Physics

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

College Math

Math

MCAT

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Science

Statistics

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Breaking any hard concepts down to small and simple chunks that are easy for students to grasp.

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

By gauging his or her level of understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching the technique of breaking any hard concepts down to small and simple chunks that are easy to understand.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By talking about the importance and grand scheme of what she or he is learning.

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

Break it down to small and simple chunks that are easy for students to grasp.

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

Teaching him or her the discipline to read at least 1-2 hours a day.

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

By gauging his or her level of understanding and then finding his or her strengths and weaknesses. Then helping him or her improve on his or her weaknesses.

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

Explaining the importance or grand scheme of the subject. Relating the subject to the current application/research out in the real world.

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

Asking the student to explain the material back to me, and if it's a problem that we are working on, I would ask the student to make up another similar problem.

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

ensuring him or her that they've done all the preparation to do well in the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By looking at his or her previous work.

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

I will change my tutoring style according to the student's learning style. If she or he is a visual learner, then I will teach using visual media. If she or he is an auditory learner, then I will slowly explain the subject.

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

Pencil, paper, and my laptop (for Google images). Often, images of the concept (graphs/diagrams) make it really easy to explain it to the student.