I have worked as an educator for almost a decade, specializing in the teaching of English, Math and Chinese (Mandarin) as well as Finance and other areas of Business. I have also helped many individuals who are applying to college and graduate school, helping them choose the right school and write the best application essays. I thoroughly enjoy teaching, whether it is one-on-one, small groups, or lecturing to student and professional groups.
Like my classmates, I grew up as a test warrior, steeped in the art of test taking. We aced every life-changing test on our way to the top universities. We were vying for extremely limited opportunities. We knew we needed to master test-taking skills as well as the subject material.
My college coursework was in the area of science and engineering. Then, after I received my MBA from NYU, I spent more than twenty years in corporate America and in entrepreneurial ventures. My transition to education occurred when I became involved with an international project nine years ago involving educational exchanges between institutions in China and the US. Soon thereafter, I found myself in the classroom.
These days, my tutoring approach is to continually map out a student’s abilities against his or her learning goals. If a student is preparing for a test, I make sure we address the student’s weaknesses early on, clarifying concepts and practicing many questions. This method has been proven time and time again, particularly in Asian countries where success hinges largely on one’s performance on standardized tests.
Aside from teaching test-taking skills, I help students learn to recognize the many common errors which may not be obvious to an untrained eye. I also help them recognize and correct problems in areas of topic development, logical arguments and coherence. In Math, I am able to see problems from the perspective of math learners. This enables me to introduce concepts to them in an accessible way, boosting confidence. Once concepts are in place, I show students quick and smart ways of answering many SAT math problems, so they are left with abundant time to tackle the more challenging ones.
It is always a pleasure to see the confidence students exude when they know they are well-prepared for a test. When I take on a student, we work hard, but there are always good results. More often than not, my students have a good time along the way.
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