I love tutoring. There's just something indescribably fulfilling about watching a student grow and become more comfortable in her ability to work through problems in her schoolwork. I've tutored at risk students and high achievers for the past four years while I was an undergraduate student at Columbia University.
I tutor in a variety of subjects: Writing, Reading Comprehension, Spanish (including AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature and SAT II), Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Calculus I, Statistics, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, all humanities subjects (history, philosophy, religion, English, etc) and the SAT I. My approach to tutoring consists of two principles: 1 - it is absolutely essential for the student to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals and 2 - with repeated and guided practice, we instill these fundamentals into the student to the point that solving a problem or learning to write in a specific way becomes habitual, instinctive even. This is my guiding light and it has served me extraordinarily well in high school, college, the SATs and LSATs.
Here's the way I work: I meet with the student and figure out where her strengths and weaknesses are, devise a detailed study plan that incorporates practice, practice, practice and then we stick to the plan and make changes as needed (e.g. whether the student is having a particularly difficult time on a topic in which case we spend more time on it). When appropriate, I keep a detailed excel spreadsheet that I shared w/ the student, telling us how we're progressing (i.e. 20 problems attempted, 15 correct = % of strength in that topic). We then go back and work on those problems and understand what went wrong. This all is common sense but oftentimes tutoring doesn't work out for a student because progress isn't tracked, too much time is spent on topics the student already has mastery over and virtually no time is given to practice, practice, practice.
As you can probably glance from my profile, I hold myself to a high standard. I hold my students to a high standard as well and that's only because I believe subjects and tests are conquerable! I believe quite strongly in my students and I always reinforce that they can do it! Because, they can!
Thank you for reading this far out! Please contact me w/ any questions!
Please note my cancellation policy: 24 hours advance notice required. Because life happens, the first cancellation is not charged. If notified between 12-23 hours, a 50% cancellation fee is applied; 6 - 12 hours, 75% cancellation fee; anything less than 6 hours advance notice, 100% cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is a percentage of the total pay per hour agreed upon.
Why do I charge a cancellation fee? I wish I didn't have to charge cancellation fees. I'd much rather you get tutored when you pay. But when I block out a chunk of time to to help a student, that's a chunk of time I can't dedicate to another student. If a student cancels, then I can't help another student and both that student and I lose out. So, please don't make me apply a cancellation fee; stick to your appointment or let me know 24 hours in advance.
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