In an interview about the new series "The Big Brain Theory," Kal Penn discussed how the most successful of those very intelligent contestants were creative in their answers to technical problems. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and have studied both astronomy and physical science extensively, and taken several college level classes in these subjects. When tutoring the sciences, I use my creativity to bring true understanding of the subject matter. I use demonstration and experimentation to help students grasp the subjects at a deeper level, increasing understanding, which then makes taking a test easier even when the questions are worded differently than expected.
When tutoring non-science subjects, I believe that it is important for students to understand the principles and history of the subject, as well as how it applies to everyday life. Whether a student is studying for a test or trying to gain a deeper understanding of subject, the key is to first know the rules of the subject and then see how they apply to what we already know.
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