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I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and have a strong background in math, physics, and biology. I have extensive experience with the SAT exam, and received 800/800 on the SAT II Math Level II portion and 2250/2400 on the overall SAT exam. I understand how the exam works in terms of the types questions that are most commonly asked, and I bring numerous texts that I have personally used to increase my own score with me to my sessions.
I have taken 9 high school AP exams, including AP US History, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, AP Biology, and others, so I can offer a lot of experience in a wide breadth of high school courses as well.
I have previously tutored children in reading at the Foster City Library, so I am very comfortable working with younger age groups as well. I personally provide flashcards and adjust my lesson plans to fit each student well. I have learned that inspiring younger students involves creativity as well as discipline.
The biggest advantage that I offer as a tutor is the fact that my age makes me more familiar with the textbooks that are currently being used in classrooms. I have used many of these books myself over the last few years, so I know firsthand what is expected at each level, and I have a practical approach to my tutoring.
On a personal note, I have previously worked in the Munirka slums in New Delhi, India teaching children math and English. I have also worked in Nairobi, Kenya, so I am comfortable working with different individuals and different skill sets.
I have previously tutored children ages 4 through 12 in reading at a public library. I understand that children in this age group need to be taught in a creative, yet structured manner, because they lose focus quickly when tasks become difficult. I have also worked with this age group as a swim instructor.
I have taken Organic Chemistry for one year at The California Institute of Technology, and I am proficient with reactions that involve alcohols, alkanes, aromatics, esters, and ethers. I have also worked in laboratories that use organic chemistry to conduct their research, so I have hands-on experience with this subject. I have also studied texts that help with the Organic Chemistry section of the MCAT exam.
When I taught children ages 4 through 12 how to read at a local public ibrary, I made phonics flashcards that enabled them to hear the connection between letters and sounds. Phonics flashcards are one of the best ways to help a child build up confidence in reading individual words, and eventually, sentences and paragraphs.
I have taken a Python class at Caltech (California Institute of Technology). Our assignments, for example, involved us programming a Connect-Four game and also an interactive Sudoku game. The class focused on applying built-in functions to carry out certain tasks, which gave me a more practical knowledge of Python.
I was born in Moscow, Russia and Russian is my first language. I have been involved in a Russian choir group in order to keep up my language skills while living in America. I have gone to school in Russia, so I know how to read, write, and speak the language fluently. I have taught individuals basic Russian in the past, and I have access to many textbooks and worksheets for students to use as well.
California Institute of Technology (Bioengineering)
Great tutor! — Anastasia is very responsible and patient. She prepares for every class and my daughter has learned a lot from her. ...
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Anastasia will travel within 25 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.
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