I graduated from Harvard University in May and am currently applying to medical school while living in Chandler, AZ. I love teaching others and have extensive experience with both children and adults. In high school, I taught piano to an 8-year-old boy, and it was truly rewarding to see him develop his musical talent. Then, at Harvard, I volunteered with Chinatown Afterschool Program, a group that offers childcare for residents of Boston's Chinatown. Once a week, I spent three hours leading my class of first-graders in homework, creative projects, and teamwork. Also during college, I taught ESL classes to Chinese immigrants. Because I am fluent in Mandarin, this provided me with a great opportunity to connect with my own heritage while practicing my teaching skills and helping new residents adjust to the U.S.
Having scored a 2400 on my SAT, I am particularly interested in tutoring SAT English (reading and/or writing). My approach to the SAT is practice, practice, practice! When preparing, I worked through countless practice exams and workbooks so that I became familiar with the types of questions, the pace of the test, and the strategies I could use to tackle the problems. As for teaching methods, I believe strongly in positive over negative reinforcement. From my own experience, I've found that praise for progress is far more effective than reprimanding for mistakes, so I subscribe to this philosophy when teaching others.
One caveat is that I will be traveling quite a bit for medical school interviews this fall. As a result, remote tutoring (via Skype or email for SAT writing) may be the best option for me at this time.
Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to contact me with any questions!
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