There's no such thing as a miracle tutoring system, but there is something pretty close: hard work. Any tutor, though, can assign practice problems and say "We'll go over these next week." That's not what I do. I believe that hard work isn't just the responsibility of the student, but of the teacher as well. So, in addition to tutoring, I make myself available for free help on every school night via phone, video chat, instant message and email. If a student has trouble understanding a practice problem, I'm always there to help. As a result, homework isn't a chore that students make sure they get done before meeting with me, but instead an opportunity to actively learn.
Active learning, in fact, is the key to academic success. Memorization is of little value, and the same can be said of pure repetition. My methodology is to continually introduce students to new problem types and situations so that they are forced to apply concepts and develop a holistic understanding of material. Furthermore, I stress the development of both studying and test-taking skills so that students can translate what they have learned into academic success.
I have two years SAT and academic tutoring experiences using Revolution Prep's methodology, resulting in score increases of over 200 points for each of my students. I have worked as a professional sportswriter for New England Sports Network, an MCAT instructor for Kaplan, as a scientific researcher at Yale School of Medicine, and as a clinical researcher at The University of Chicago Department of Medicine after a successful academic career at Yale. Currently, I am currently a medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. As for my own achievement on standardized tests, I scored perfect on the SAT, 99.8th percentile on the MCAT, and 5 on over 10 AP tests.
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