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Elderen

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Recent graduate from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Science. Currently taking classes to apply for graduate school in Engineering.

I tutor in all math subjects from elementary math to advanced college courses such as multivariable calculus and differential equations.

Having earned 800/800 in SAT math, 162/170 in GRE Quantitative, and 760/800 in SAT II for math, I am confident that I can help raise your exam scores and improve your overall test-taking abilities.

Elderen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Biology, General

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2080

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 630

SAT Writing: 650

GRE: 317

GRE Quantitative: 162

GRE Verbal: 155

Hobbies

Basketball, Music

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Elementary School Math

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

A strong basic foundation in the subject is needed to further progress learning and understanding of the bigger picture.

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

Get to know the student and have the student solve basic prepared questions while speaking his/her thought process out loud. From there, we can observe which parts the student lacks in understanding and target that section in order to fully grasp the subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach the student how to learn. Learning something new or doing something you don't want to do can be very stressful and the student may naturally want to stop. Studying at intervals and adding breaks in-between (Pomodoro Technique) prevent stress levels from overloading and even helps improve memory. This, along with memory techniques, actively creating good study habits, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, can help the student focus better and be more eager to improve.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Create a daily routine of good study habits. Help the student realize that the key to their success is perseverance, taking responsibility for their own learning, and changing their perspective/thoughts. It isn't about how much information a student can cram in a day. That leads to inefficient learning. It's about revisiting and practicing what you learn through spaced repetition. This teaches your brain to retain information.