Raising two kids by herself as a teenager, my mother was unable to truly help with our academics after a certain age. My sister was lucky enough to have me as her older brother, but I had no one in my family. My mom, understandably, was unable to afford any private tutoring. I was lucky, in middle school, to win a lottery for free test prep for the SHSATS (a standardize test to get into NYC’s specialized high schools). That tutoring and my hard worked paid off as I attended the Bronx High School of Science.
While I was attending one of the most prestigious high schools in the city, the work was only getting harder. Through self-studying and dedication, I was doing very well in school. But I knew I was only at a disadvantage to some of my peers, especially for the SATs. They had private tutors enabling them to do their best. I was lucky enough to be part of a non-profit that offered free SAT prep. I took advantage to have an equal opportunity with my peers; it paid off as I scored perfect on the SAT math section.
Even though I did not have the privilege to attend private schools or have private tutors, I always recognized my blessings being a part of communities that found a way to provide me with the services I needed to reach my full potential. I also was always very aware that there were many students in my community that didn’t have these services. That is what inspired me to begin tutoring.
Throughout high school, I began tutoring students in my community. I have tutored kids of all ages at all levels for the SHSATS, many high school math and sciences, the SATs, and the ACT.
I was always trying to give back to the community that helped me. Regardless of opinion on standardize testing, the reality is that standardize tests are an essential part of succeeding academically. Every student should be able to access tutoring to do their best on these important exams; I truly believe this and that is why I choose to be a tutor.
This summer, I was lucky enough to be an ACT math tutor for the non-profit that gave me free SAT tutoring. I was able to expand from privately teaching a student or two, to having a class of 10 dedicated students. The experience was rewarding enough. I enjoyed seeing the students’ progress to reach the goals we created together. They were doing their all to conquer a test that was design to defeat them. I was so inspired, over my winter break I volunteered my services to the non-profit to provide refresher courses to students taking the exam again. This time, the classes varied in size from 7 students to 20 students.
Overall, my experience tutoring and my personal life have taught me to value the importance of education. I am extremely passionate about providing my students with the necessary tools to succeed academically. The importance of great tutors/mentors is all too real. I look forward to have the chance to work with the future of this country.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
With math and science, understanding the fundamentals is crucial to becoming an independent learner. As I aid the student to tackle big problems, I will help them break it down to the fundamental concepts. Furthermore, I will hope to inspire a desire for challenge within the student. With math and science, I will guide them to use the fundamental concepts to teach themselves higher level ideas.