As a long-time science student with many academic trials and tribulations, I have a fairly good sense of the benefits tutoring can have; it is quite rewarding to help others get through difficulties and develop a greater appreciation for different subjects. For three years, I formally tutored students through my high school's Math Honor Society. Since then, I have informally tutored my younger brother (currently a student at Virginia Tech) in chemistry, calculus, biology, statistics, and physics. In addition, I have worked with a few students privately over the past five years and have been using Varsity Tutors for about a year. Outside of my studies, I greatly enjoy music, hiking and biking outdoors, and playing basketball.
I would describe my tutoring style as quite relaxed and highly focused on individual needs and goals. It revolves around listening to what the student has to say, observing where he/she struggles most, and working to serve as a guide in his/her learning. My knowledge and experience equip me to tutor algebra, geometry, calculus, general chemistry, and high school to college level biology at high levels. However, my favorite subjects to teach are algebra and calculus due to their broad applicability and my personal experience; students tend to have big breakthroughs in these subjects, especially when they begin without much expertise or confidence.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 730
Music, Biking, Hiking, Basketball