I studied computer science and math in college and later practiced for the LSAT (got a 169 but ended up not applying for law school). I am actually a fan of standardized tests. Although daunting sometimes, I think you can beat them simply by taking on a positive attitude and by practicing.
I have tutored math for a couple of semesters back in college, and I consider myself qualified to tutor math, computer science, and the logic portion of the LSAT (a favorite).
I also spent several months tutoring math and reading to classes of up to 16 kids grades 4-6 in a school in a Brooklyn. It was a volunteer position and was for kids whose parents wanted them to prepare better for the NY State math and English exams for their grade. Classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays over a period of a few months.
I've found that what works best for tutoring or teaching in general is to find a way to engage the students, and I've found that the best way to engage them is to show honest interest in teaching them myself. No two students are alike, and I've failed with some kids before - in the classes we were teaching in Brooklyn, hard as I tried, some kids would lose focus and made little progress.
Overall, I prefer a non-stressful approach to establish a baseline from which to go on with each individual student. Preparation is also key and having the right material to work on is very important. Depending on the subject (and especially for computer subjects) before the first session, I will ask that we speak on the phone and will request the student send me via email information regarding materials we'll be going over (syllabus, homework assignments, past exams).
Feel free to reach out with any questions.
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