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Andrew M.

Springfield, MA

$30/hr

"Big Picture" Tutor - Math, Science, and Critical Thinking

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"Big Picture" Tutor - Math, Science, and Critical Thinking

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As my profile title suggests, I am a huge proponent of conceptual learning and practical thinking. It is true that in many cases, success in a class or on an exam does depend on one's ability to memorize and recall individual facts, figures, dates, etc. However, as far as long-term success is concerned, I have personally found it most beneficial to understand and master concepts and ideas, rather than to get bogged down in minutiae and trivial details. In other words, I view learning how to learn as the most important, indispensable skill that any student could ever have.

With that said, I have spent a good portion of my adult life honing this skill in multiple work environments with people of very different backgrounds.

I have earned a bachelor of science degree from Humboldt State University in California where I grew up. There I studied physics for two years before switching my major to kinesiology and graduating in 2012 with a GPA of 3.71.

Throughout my time studying at HSU, I was also enlisted in the Marine Crops reserve as a heavy equipment operator. After six years and one deployment, I was honorably discharged in 2012 as I moved across the country to Massachusetts. Since graduating over a year ago, I have worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge as a health and fitness specialist. Each of these work environments have provided me the chance to not only learn new skills and concepts, but also to pass on to others what I have already learned. My success in each of these environments demonstrates mastery of the tools and processes necessary to succeed, both in educational and professional sectors of life.

By taking complex concepts and translating them into an easily understandable form without dilution of the content, I am able to teach methods for ensuring long-term success while improving grades and general knowledge in the classroom.

I see every subject, from calculus to history, as having a very specific and distinct set of tools (in an algebra class, for example, the "tools" of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are key). As important as it may be to memorize how to use them, learning why and when to use them is critical to student success, both in the classroom and in practical, everyday situations.

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
Physics, Physiology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
Geometry, Physics, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

Since September of 2013, I have served as a Literacy Tutor through the Americorps program at Springfield College in Springfield. For a total of over 300 hours, I have served in a kindergarten classroom under teacher supervision. My experience includes determining and improving student proficiency in oral language and vocabulary, visual discrimination, and phonological awareness.

Humboldt State University
Kinesiology
Springfield College
Enrolled

Education

Humboldt State University (Kinesiology)

Springfield College (Enrolled)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Andrew will travel within 20 miles of Springfield, MA 01109.


About Andrew

As my profile title suggests, I am a huge proponent of conceptual learning and practical thinking. It is true that in many cases, success in a class or on an exam does depend on one's ability to memorize and recall individual facts, figures, dates, etc. However, as far as long-term success is concerned, I have personally found it most beneficial to understand and master concepts and ideas, rather than to get bogged down in minutiae and trivial details. In other words, I view learning how to learn as the most important, indispensable skill that any student could ever have.

With that said, I have spent a good portion of my adult life honing this skill in multiple work environments with people of very different backgrounds.

I have earned a bachelor of science degree from Humboldt State University in California where I grew up. There I studied physics for two years before switching my major to kinesiology and graduating in 2012 with a GPA of 3.71.

Throughout my time studying at HSU, I was also enlisted in the Marine Crops reserve as a heavy equipment operator. After six years and one deployment, I was honorably discharged in 2012 as I moved across the country to Massachusetts. Since graduating over a year ago, I have worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge as a health and fitness specialist. Each of these work environments have provided me the chance to not only learn new skills and concepts, but also to pass on to others what I have already learned. My success in each of these environments demonstrates mastery of the tools and processes necessary to succeed, both in educational and professional sectors of life.

By taking complex concepts and translating them into an easily understandable form without dilution of the content, I am able to teach methods for ensuring long-term success while improving grades and general knowledge in the classroom.

I see every subject, from calculus to history, as having a very specific and distinct set of tools (in an algebra class, for example, the "tools" of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are key). As important as it may be to memorize how to use them, learning why and when to use them is critical to student success, both in the classroom and in practical, everyday situations.

Education

Humboldt State University
Kinesiology
Springfield College
Enrolled

Education

Humboldt State University (Kinesiology)

Springfield College (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Springfield, MA 01109

Andrew’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
Physics, Physiology
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
Geometry, Physics, Reading, SAT Math, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ASVAB, SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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