I've been tutoring nearly full time for almost two years with various companies around the peninsula. I really enjoy working with students of all skill levels in challenging math and science topics. I try to emphasize systematic problem solving and conceptual understanding -- i.e. actually knowing what one is doing vs. barreling though 'plug-and-chug' style problem solving. I earned my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 2011, and since then I've been tutoring in 1-on-1, small group, and large group settings. I work for both private and government-funded companies and am looking to shift more of my focus to 1-on-1 tutoring. Private companies that I work for include Cardinal Education (over 1 year), Studypoint (6 months), and Harvard Square Academy (6 months). SES providers that I work for include A+ Educational services (10 months) and XCel Educational Services (1 month). I've spent the majority of my work hours coaching students 1-on-1 in standardized tests like the SAT (for over 1 year), the ACT (for over 1 year), the ISEE (2 years), and the SSAT (2 years), though I have also engaged many students in purely academic tutoring for topics like physics, calculus, trigonometry, linear algebra, pre-calculus, algebra I and II, chemistry, differential equations, and AP Physics (all for over a year).
I like to work with students 1-on-1 because it I find that it facilitates the most steady flow of information -- especially when there is good rapport between the student and the tutor. I also enjoy the challenge of picking up on the student's learning style and helping them improve their problem-solving and concept retention in the most natural way possible (that is, without stress!). And I especially love getting to know my students ... though my approach is also very results-oriented. I really do want my students to excel on their homework and tests, so I'll take the extra step and look ahead through the syllabi and homework assignments to help create study plans. I have spent a lot of time now exploring math and physical sciences in both tutoring and applied sciences contexts, and am ready to share what I've learned to help students perform to their maximum potential.
When I'm not tutoring or studying for the EIT exam, I enjoy longboarding, producing music/DJing, reading, and exercising.
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