A little bit about myself:
I received a cumulative GPA of over 4.0 at my college-preparatory high school (AMHS), and 3.5 at UC Santa Cruz, where I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2011. I plan on joining a program to become a credentialed mathematics high school teacher (with a specialization in Statistics) within the next year. I like to think that my passion for sociology is really just a passion for understanding and helping people as best I can. I tutor not just for the money, but for the rich learning experiences it provides me towards being an effective teacher in the future. I also tutor and ultimately want to teach because (at the risk of sounding cheesy!) I think actual learning is fun, and I want to be as much a part of that process as possible.
Whereas many math/science teachers and tutors see students as empty containers to be filled with knowledge, I like to see students as active agents in the learning process. For example, after reading a word problem out loud, you may find me abruptly closing your textbook to ask you what you THINK the answer is and why before you even start working on the problem. I also like to ask critical thinking questions often, so students can make connections, think outside the box, and be better prepared them for future units or topics in their class. Ultimately, I want my students to be able to answer not just the HOW and WHAT, but the WHY as well. In other words, I want my students to be able to solve problems and pass tests, but I think it's just as important to be able to understand what is being done forwards and backwards.
Other than math/science help, I am also a skilled test-taker and writer. I can help prepare you for any type of test (ACT, SAT, or any individual high school test you may need a second person's help with), ranging from stress-management to test-taking strategies. Writing is also a skill I highly appreciate and have mastered. At my high school, writing college-level essays was emphasized right from the very beginning, but in addition to that I have always been an avid reader and have recently jumped into creative writing just for fun. Needless to say, I know how to write a very effective essay and would love the opportunity to apply my writing skills more, whether I'm simply revising a paper, helping a student brainstorm outlines, or "sprucing up" a student's language with some higher-end vocabulary.
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