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Students are often taught the same curriculum, and may even be in the same class, but what they take away is vastly different. For one, people have notably disparate ways of learning. Whether it is through diagrams, examples, or step-by-step instructions, each method is as valid as the next. Secondly, to succeed a student needs to continually understand the information they are presented with, and comprehending each new concept at a basic level is surprisingly important. The ability to remember that pi is a ratio, or that light is both a wave and a particle makes school so much easier.
A little about me: I was always that kid that would explain the really tough math problem or the extra credit on the test. It was fun, but I also found it helped me to understand the field better. Whether it is equilateral triangles or acceleration, there is no better way for me to test my knowledge than the questions of a curious student. This became a fundamental part of my life in high school when I joined NHS. Throughout high school I would spend four days a week in the library helping all students with problems in a variety of subjects. On the same day I would help one student calculate speed and velocity and then help the next understand Euler’s method for approximating differential equations. The range of skill levels aided me in understanding confidentially subjects from geometry to quantum physics.
I currently work at a healthcare startup where I create predictive computer-learning algorithms that utilize massive amounts of medical data. On the side I run my own investment portfolio where I experiment with trading algorithms. I am deferring admission from Pomona College, which was ranked the #2 school in the nation this year by Forbes. I am planning to major in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Numbers have always seemed familiar to me, and they have provided a structure that governs many aspects of my life.
The majority of my tutoring style focuses on teaching the main rules and formulas of a subject. If a student doesn’t understand factoring well, this will cause huge problems when other subjects build upon this knowledge and they are expected to factor while isolating x and substituting in another equation to eliminate the third variable. After the basic tenants of a field are solid, then it is just a question of teaching them how to approach a problem in a way that they can solve. In school, problems will only involve skills that they have learned. More difficult problems simply try to make these rules seem more complicated. They involve negative exponents instead of positive ones, or the gravity on the moon instead of on earth. Finding a way to approach and understand these complications is all it takes to make a stellar student.
I am young, so the experiences and difficulties of high school are still fresh in my mind. I know what it is like to be naturally good at some subjects and bad at others, and have various assignments pile up because I am not to far removed from all that. So I understand that I cannot just help them prepare for the next test or assignment, but instead I need to help them plan and comprehend so they can do it again and again without me.
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