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I am a senior undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science, as well as a research assistant studying violence against women. Becoming a truly successful college student often requires using an interdisciplinary approach to a given subject. I strive to bring what I have learned at a top University to high school students.

Devan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Current Undergrad, Political Science and Government

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2370

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

Hobbies

In most of my free time, you can find me in the ceramics studio!

Tutoring Subjects

History

American Literature

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Art

College English

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Reading

Social Sciences

Social studies

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a high school student, I had a high level of motivation, but often little guidance. I believe that students can often learn to succeed on their own with the right guidance. I seek to use my own experiences as a successful student to guide others to the right path.

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

In a typical first session, I would start by getting to know a student. When it comes to subjects like essay writing, it is crucial to understand my students as human beings with diverse interests. I also think a student's interests can offer insight into their strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the subject, I would also use a practice test or essay to assess my student's level of proficiency.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Understanding a student's strengths and personal interests is the key to helping him or her become an independent learner. Students who are actively interested and engaged in a subject are primed for self-motivation.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Understanding a student's individual learning style is crucial to helping him or her stay motivated. Knowing which exercises and teaching tools work best for a student can keep him or her from losing steam.

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

Students often feel stuck when they are struggling with a particular skill or concept. I think the best way to move forward is to focus on what a student knows, not what he or she doesn't know.