My name is Joya and I'm a third-year biomedical engineering/pre-med student at Columbia University. I've been tutoring since high school in a number of subjects ranging from middle school pre-algebra to SAT preparation. I work with kids of all ages and abilities, and I've had years of experience working with children with special needs (5 years of martial arts instruction and 2 years of camp counseling). I pride myself on being a thorough tutor, and I like to make sure that parents and, if necessary, teachers are kept in the loop about a student's progress. I love working with different learning styles and I think that creativity always has a place in the classroom. I am very easy to reach, I have flexible hours, and I'm very willing to travel within the five boroughs.
I have been working with kids with special needs for six years. I have done childcare and tutoring for kids with special needs in my hometown since high school, I taught martial arts to kids on the autism spectrum for five years, and I have also been a camp counselor for the past two years. I've worked with kids with a whole range of special needs, including autism, Down's Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. I am experienced managing mobility aids and feeding tubes, and I am proficient in American Sign Language. I have found that a lot of kids with special needs are dismissed as "unable to learn" by their schools and peers and I do my best to dispel that myth. Everyone has the potential to learn and thrive; it's simply a matter of tailoring the learning style to the child in question. I love working with kids, and I think I have a lot to offer both children and their families.
In terms of my academic subjects, I can tutor in a wide variety of them. As a high school student, I tutored kids from my local middle school and elementary school in all the basic subjects - reading, geometry, arithmetic, grammar, etc. I continued to tutor in those areas after graduation as well, and I find that my college education as an engineering student has only served to reinforce those skills. As an engineer, I love math, but I also grew up in libraries and I love reading as well. I was and still am a logophile, so grammar and vocabulary will always stay close to my heart. I took the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject tests in 2010 and I've been tutoring in those areas ever since. Ultimately, succeeding in standardized testing is about understanding the mechanisms of the tests and aligning your knowledge with those mechanisms. I've done a lot of analysis on the inner workings of tests like the SAT and ACT and I am well-versed in how to succeed.
Basically, I love to learn and I love to teach. I was lucky enough to grow up with a love of learning instilled in me by my parents and teachers, and I only hope to do the same for my students. A lot of times when I've worked with struggling students, I've found that either the material isn't being presented to them in a way they are able to understand or that they haven't found a way to engage with the material. In both cases, I find that a creative and empathetic approach is the best one. There is nothing better or more rewarding than seeing a child truly engage with their academic material, and I hope to be able to give that experience to as many kids as possible.
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