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Florida International University, Miami, FL
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: As an undergraduate student at Florida International University, I often found myself tutoring my study groups in several subject areas, from Biochemistry to advanced Calculus, which greatly helped my performance in each class. By my senior year, I obtained a teaching assistantship for a graduate level class on Computational Modeling of Cellular Systems, which was a challenging course that combined advanced math and cell biology. I was the first ever undergraduate student to teach a graduate course in my department. As a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, I assisted in teaching as well as in curriculum development of several Bioengineering and Physics courses (undergraduate and graduate levels) for engineering and science students, many of whom were freshmen and sophomores. In my thesis research laboratory, I mentored many small groups of undergraduate and graduate students on hands-on techniques as well as designing and performing experiments with minimal supervision. I also participated in several undergraduate and graduate student mentoring programs at UC Berkeley, which included group seminar presentations as well as one-on-one tutoring sessions of students from science and engineering majors, including minority students. I actually co-founded the Bioengineering Advising Representatives Program in the Bioengineering department at UC Berkeley with the goal of coaching undergraduate students interested in graduate school how to best prepare for the application process and the challenges faced as they pursue advanced degrees. This is my way of paying it forward all the tutoring and advice I received as an undergraduate during my tenure in as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, which was undoubtedly the program that changed my academic career path towards the doctorate degree and helped me get where I am today.
APPROACH TO TUTORING: There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to learning. Different students will respond better to one style of teaching versus another. My job as a tutor is to find out what teaching style or presentation will make my student comprehend the subject at hand better. First, I try to find out what sparks the interest in the student and then try to relate the subject matter that he or she has difficult with to that interesting topic. For instance, if the student enjoys listening to and writing songs but has a really hard time with a mathematical concept, I would compose a catchy song that would explain it to the student and help him or her remember it. Another approach is to use clever acronyms or phrases as mnemonics tools. Of course, I do not impose one approach or the other on the student. I adapt to each student’s needs. I want to learn from my students as much as they want to learn from me. This is a two-way process. Luckily, I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with many students throughout my graduate school career, be it during office hours or mentorship programs, each with their own unique learning styles, and so I have learned to quickly pick up the most efficient way to approach the subject or concept they are currently struggling with. And my ultimate goal is for them to know that subject or concept not just for the next test, but for life.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: As an undergraduate student at Florida International University, I often found myself tutoring my study groups in several subject areas, from Biochemistry to advanced Calculus, which greatly helped my… Read more
Haroldo is an exceptional tutor. Not only is he truly brilliant, he cares about his students and has a personal investment in their success. Our son regained his confidence and excelled after working with Haroldo. Our work with him was so positive, we are looking forward to working with him next year and over the summer for some prep work.
I worked with Haroldo for about 6 months, and many times that was for six hours per week.
He made sure I really understood physics, so by the time I went to go take a test, I knew what was going on. The way he made sure I understood was by using lots of examples. These examples were perfect because they helped me remember the material, and make sense of it.
I felt so confident going into class because I knew I understood.
Haroldo is very dedicated in making sure you get what you need to learn.
Haroldo is always on time and very patient. My son has improved dramatically since Haroldo started tutoring him in honors chemistry. Best of all, my son now enjoys the topic and wants to take more science classes.
Haroldo helped my son's ACT test preparation. He helped my son to prepare for the science part of ACT, and he was great. He even came to our house the night before the test and the last minutes lesson really helped my son. My son was confident on the test day, and his test result was great. He got 35 on the science. We could not be happier with his services! Haroldo, You are great!
Haroldo provides effective sessions that made a big difference in my son's understanding of the subject matter. He was making a significant impact on my son's understanding or test results in Chemistry during last half of school year. His Chemistry teacher was made a note on my son's test report with high score, "Where've you been hiding this skill?"
I'm always impressed by how well prepared he arrives for his sessions and how thorough his explanations are. He will make sure my son to get the concepts in preparing for class, homework and tests. After each session, he writes me a detail email what he has taught my son and what he needs to prepare for class and next sessions.
Now, Haroldo is tutoring my son for Preview AP Physics during summer to prepare for the coming AP Physics class in Junior year. I highly recommend Haroldo for anyone that needs the extra help!
I am so appreciative of his support to my son.
For students struggling in biology, I highly recommend asking help from Haroldo. His extensive research experiences in stem cells, cancer, and neurobiology allow him to provide students with great insight to many difficult concepts. Haroldo never makes studying biology appear to be simply a matter of memorizing what's said in the textbook, which is often the wrong strategy that hinders students' success in biology classes. Rather, Haroldo always attempts to relate concepts to various real world applications, ranging from actual research/experiments conducted by biologists to interesting debates surrounding some questionable basis of sci-fi movies. His teaching style well suits the recent trend of college biology exams, which heavily test students' ability to interpret experimental results or to even come up with own experiments that test hypotheses. Therefore, Haroldo's approach to helping students is no doubt extremely valuable, allowing him to succeed as a tutor.
Haroldo was very helpful as a physics tutor. I really appreciated his tutoring style, rather than just giving me the answers, Haroldo would walk me through the problems in a way that I could easily replicate on exams. His test taking strategies and studying tips were also very helpful!
I highly recommend Haroldo for tutoring services. The fact that I'm spending time to write this review is testimony to my huge respect for his abilities. He is on time, comes prepared for each lesson, is extremely knowledgeable, and explains things well. Not only does our son greatly benefit from each lesson, but he gets along well with Haroldo. Haroldo also follows up with a detailed description of what was covered in the previous lesson, repeating what he told our son about how to be successful moving forward. He is a talented and responsible tutor. Thumbs up!
I had Haroldo S. as a tutor for Organic Chem, and my sessions with Haroldo were not only extremely informative and helpful but also enjoyable. I especially liked having Haroldo as a tutor because he wasn't just about teaching the subject at hand; he was concerned with my overall performance as a student in general. Though Haroldo only tutored me in one subject, he was able to provide me with time management, test-taking, and study tips. He wants me to succeed as a student, and it really gave me confidence to know that he was genuinely interested in my academic well-being. I learned more during my time with Haroldo than I had the previous few weeks of the semester, and in addition, he gave me tips and skills I will be able to use for the rest of my life and academic career. Haroldo is an excellent tutor, and both helps me and wants me to succeed.
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