I began tutoring during my first semester at UC Berkeley, through the university's Student Learning Center, as a writing tutor. Over the next four years, I helped students improve their writing across all levels, from incoming freshmen to graduate students. As such, I've honed a specific teaching approach, thanks to my interactions with so many students.
Throughout middle and high school, I had a math tutor who would always say to me (in a less-than-friendly tone!), "it's about the CONCEPTS! You have to get the CONCEPTS!" While it was unpleasant to hear in the moment, his words have rung true for me, not only with regard to mathematics, but in all areas of study. I'm a staunch opponent of rote memorization--it not only promotes a mere surface-level understanding of any subject, but also instills in students a particular bitterness towards the subject. I experienced this myself multiple times throughout my academic career, so I try to avoid rote memorization of any techniques whenever possible.
Instead, in my experience, the best way to foster a deeper understanding of any material is to get a student to connect with that material. Real world examples (e.g. word problems) are a start, but what I really aim to do is to try and get a student to realize how a subject might impact his or her own life. And I believe that any subject, from history, to math, to English, and even hard science, can be connected back to an individual. If a student can develop a genuine curiosity in an area of study, based in a desire to understand how that study relates to him or her directly, then I've found that they will be much more willing to work hard at whatever they are studying.
I really don't think that studying has to be as boring as it can seem. If a student wants to learn, they will, and no student is beyond help. The most important task for me is to help them bridge that gap.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor in Arts, Film Studies
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite: 2280
SAT Math: 770
SAT Writing: 760
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 780
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 770
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Basic Computer Literacy
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science