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My interest in education was piqued by a volunteer tutoring experience I had in college. I was tasked with helping a group of three Somali high school students memorize and evaluate the quadratic formula. The students' struggles with the material were amplified by a significant language barrier. However, after two hours of struggling with translators, all three students mastered the lesson. I was inspired by these young ladies, and they taught me the true meaning of dedication and perseverance that day. After graduating cum laude from Carleton College with distinction in Psychology and Educational Studies, I chose to pursue my interest in education further.
I spent the last year in Boston serving in a highly competitive urban education fellowship. I chose the Match Corps because the program afforded the opportunity to spend a lot of time (up to 70 hours a week!) tutoring individual at risk youth. At Match, I honed my professionalism and communication skills with by working closely with students and parents at all hours of the day and night. I also had the benefit of receiving constant feedback from school administrators on my implementation of educational best practices. Although I tutored Geometry and Algebra II full time last year, I also enjoy tutoring students in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. One of my favorite moments from last year was helping one of my students to refine a history paper that he was struggling to perfect for a Harvard Extension class (Even though I was his math tutor)!
I have spent a year perfecting my tutoring, and my thoughtful and effective questioning requires students to carry the brunt of the intellectual load. This "heavy lifting" by the student leads to greater mastery of topics and a more rewarding learning experience. I thrive on feedback, and am quick to adapt to any educational opportunity!
I just started a Ed.M. program in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. I am lucky to be surrounded by a lot of brilliant educational minds, and I look forward to discovering the best way to teach you or your student! Please contact me with questions.
Part of my duties last year were to tutor weekly 3 hr MCAS (Massachusetts) sessions in both English and Math. My place of employment, Match Public Charter High School, placed in a tie for best MCAS scores in the state, with a 100 % pass rate. Further, I have demonstrated a mastery of standardized tests, scoring in the 97th percentile on the English section of the ACT and the 95th percentile on the Verbal section of the GRE.
I spent last year tutoring full time in one of the nation's most successful college prep urban charter schools. I graduated from Carleton College with distinction and recently co-authored an article in the Comparative Journal of Psychology. Further, I have demonstrated a mastery of English sections of standardized tests, scoring above the 95th percentile on both the ACT and the GRE.
I taught all levels of math as a member of the Match Corps at Match Public Charter High School in Boston. 50% percent of my students had moderate to severe learning disabilities. My psychology degree, in conjunction with my experience teaching make me an exceptional tutor for any student.
Part of my duties last year were to tutor weekly 3 hr MCAS (Massachusetts) sessions in both English and Math. My place of employment, Match Public Charter High School, placed in a tie for best MCAS scores in the state, with a 100 % pass rate. Further, I have demonstrated a mastery of standardized tests, scoring in the 97th percentile on the English section of the ACT, and the 95th percentile on the Verbal section of the GRE.
3/4 of my tutoring last year involved remediation, re-teaching and extensions for Geometry students. Therefore, I have taught a wide range of Geometry lessons to a variety of students. Geometry can be tricky, but I have a full year of experience in breaking down confusing topics and sticking points.
Carleton College (Psychology)
Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00
Cancellation: 6 hours notice required
David will travel within 30 miles of Somerville, MA 02144.
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