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Hello all! My name is Christopher. I am a graduate of Kenyon College and studied Biochemistry and Humanities Studies. I have been tutoring and teaching for over two years now, working with kids in the first grade level up to college students. My main focus are the sciences and maths but I also am well experienced in writing, reading and literary/script analysis. I love science and math and it is my goal to help my students find how and why these subjects apply to their lives thus creating solid interest.

When I am not tutoring, I enjoy taking my dog to the dog park, hiking, yoga, meditation and singing to my heart's content. I am also an occasional thesbian, filmmaker and writer.

Christopher’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Kenyon College - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 153

GRE Verbal: 156

Hobbies

Yoga, meditation, hiking and alternative medicine.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

Algebra

College Application Essays

English

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Music

Physics

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

SAT Prep

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Vocal Training


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To find and develop each individual's unique ability to comprehend the world.

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

I would first assess the student's ability in the particular subject, as well as gauge from what angle they are trying to grasp the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Asking questions for the student to answer themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By finding what motivates them to do what they love and relating it to the subject material.

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

Practice, practice, and practice! Also, getting out and exploring solutions to those difficulties through our world.

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

Reading out loud, asking leading questions to get the student to see why and for what purpose a piece was written the way it was, and finding the etymology in the more difficult words.

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

Allowing them to flourish in their own unique way.

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

Using something they are already interested in and relating the subject to the interest.

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

Testing the student on concepts and skills we are discussing, but adding a slight twist to the question so as to prove they actually know the material rather than memorizing how to solve the problem.

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

White boards, small objects (for math), videos, and real-world items that pertain to the material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Listening to them, truly.