I studied both financial and managerial accounting at Wharton Business school as an undergraduate. I also taught the whole managerial accounting course to my roommate at the time, so I have practice teaching the material in a way that makes sense to the student.
Algebra represents a fundamental transition and new way of thinking for every math student. Many students, myself included, needed some help making that transition, but once it's made the subject can be surprisingly easy. I think it's my job to help the student understand how to think so eventually, they learn the material on their own with ease.
I took Algebra II (Honors) in my freshman year of high school and passed with high marks. I've also had a lot of practice since then, since I faced a lot of algebra-intense problems in the physics and engineering classes I took at UPenn.
I took two years of calculus as a high school student and another 3 semesters in college. I struggled with calculus for a while before it "clicked" and I started to understand it intuitively. I've also had a lot of practice sharing that understanding with my peers. I think Calculus is when a student truly starts to understand how elegant math can be.
I earned a BSE with honors from the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. As part of my senior design project, I used the accumulated knowledge to design a complete process, simulated in ASPEN, for the renewable production of para-xylene from biomass.
I studied Chemistry in my Sophomore year of high school, and I had one of those teachers that changes your life. I took AP Chemistry in my junior year, passed the AP exam with a 5 (highest score). I also qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad at the state level twice (top twelve high school chemistry students in the state). I went on to study Chemical Engineering at an Ivy League school. I've also tutored Chemistry before at the request of my high school chemistry teacher.
I believe Math is the most important subject for a young student. Beyond setting the groundwork for more advanced math later, it teaches the problem-solving and pattern recognition techniques that every subject needs. As a result, I believe a tutor should focus on the underlying problems and patters in the math rather than the rote memorization that will only help the student pass their next quiz.
I took Geometry in 8th grade. Of all fields of mathematics, I find Geometry most intuitive. Because of that, I have a lot of practice conveying that intuitive understanding to my peers.
I took Prealgebra in 6th grade. Though I'd always been a strong math student, I struggled with the transition to the higher level concepts. I overcame that lack of intuitive understanding, however, and went on to a fruitful study of mathematics up through six semesters of calculus. I believe I can help a struggling student make the transition from arithmetic to higher mathematical concepts.
Precalculus may be the most important year of math high school students take. As an engineering graduate, commanding calculus was critical for my education. However, I saw many intelligent peers struggle with math not because they couldn't understand the calculus, but because they lacked strong precalculus fundamentals. I believe that once students establish that strong base in precalculus and learn to apply it to the more complex concepts, they tend to succeed in precalculus and beyond.
I took the Math SAT twice without any preparatory classes, scoring 780 and 800. I also scored 800 on the Math SAT II. I believe the secret to success on the Math SAT is solid fundamentals, pattern recognition, and understanding the questions.