Hi! My name is Keisha Patel and I'm 21 years old. I am originally from Illinois, however, I recently moved to New York to attend New York University. I am currently a junior studying Biochemistry.
I began tutor 5 years ago back in Illinois. I worked with Kumon Math and Reading Center. I have experience working with students ages 3 to 13 on a variety of math and reading subjects. In addition to general subjects such as math and reading, I have experience with standardized testing. I have personal experience taking the SSAT, ACT, AP Statistics, as well as SAT subject tests in Math II, Biology and Chemistry. Most recently I have been doing a lot of standardized test tutoring, specifically for the SSAT/ISEE, ACT, and SAT.
I truly believe that every student has the right to learn in the way that works best for them. Through my teaching, I try to learn as much as I can about the student's learning style so that I can personalize my teaching to them. My goal is for students to get as much as they can out of our time together and achieve all the goals that they set for themselves.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 30
My hobbies include reading, baking, and horseback riding.
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Physics
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a tutor, I believe that it is my job to make sure that every student is living up to their intellectual potential. I am aware that all students learn differently, so I like to personalize my tutoring to the individual student so they can get the most out of our time together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During our first session together, I would work to learn more about the student, both in terms of their personality as well as they way in which they learn best. I try to make each student feel the most comfortable they can the first time we meet so that, moving forward, we can make the greatest amount of progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by awakening a personal drive within each student so they no longer look at work as something that they must do but as something that will continue to benefit them for the rest of their lives. I do so by providing them skills and motivation during our time together so that a point in time will come where they are able to motivate themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by helping them keep their personal goals in mind. I also believe a big motivational boost is to realize that taking breaks is okay. I work with my students to create daily reachable goals, and I remind them that they should celebrate every step they make towards achieving their larger goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept, I believe that the best thing a tutor can do is look for a better way in which to teach that concept to the student. I believe that there are always multiple approaches to teaching a topic, and as I said before, it is helpful when a tutor takes the time to learn about the student they are working with to determine which approach would work best. When I work with a student, I try to determine which technique would work best with a student, but if that doesn't work I will try another technique until I find a way to successfully explain the concept to the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students that are struggling with reading comprehension, I believe that practice makes perfect. I would work through examples with students, leading them step by step through the process that I go through when I am interpreting even the most complex texts. By providing them with basic, yet important skills, I believe that students will be able to interpret any text given to them.