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I am a tutor who specializes in working with students of all different backgrounds, academic ability, and interests. I graduated from Columbia with a BA in Neuroscience, but also focused on comparative literature, film, biochemistry, and anthropology. I enjoy working with children up through seniors in high school, as I love designing lessons that are tailored to each individual student as no two people learn exactly alike. I have worked in biochemistry and neuroscience labs, and most recently Pixar Animation Studios. I am currently tutoring and working on a novel, while deciding whether between an MD/phD program or returning to the film industry. However, I believe that creativity in film and science are not mutually exclusive as I also have deep passions for biotechnology, start ups and non-profit organizations geared towards global health. I believe in each student's ability to find what gets them motivated inside and outside of the classroom and tap into their creative element to get the most out of each student. I am aware that many parts of school can be unfriendly especially to students with learning disabilities, and my approach is to make the process as fun and successful as possible.
There are more important things than just high SAT scores and grades, but I am also very aware that it is apart of the college process. As such I believe that working with students is a great way to ensure that they will test successfully and present a strong application to ensure that they will be able to attend the college they desire. I specialize in adapting to teaching visually, kinetically and in many other ways to best suit each individual student. Learning should be a process of enjoyment and absorption of information that can be digested and applied to different subjects and areas of everyday life. Although not everything taught in school will be directly applicable to a student's everyday life, engaging with the material and taking some component of what is being taught is far more valuable than pure memorization and programming a student to do high volume of unnecessary work. However, certain approaches such as memorizing vocabulary words for SAT's is an invaluable resource to bettering one's vocabulary that they will have for the rest of their life, rather than regurgitating cards for one exam.
I have worked with many students on their SAT's and SAT writing and reading sections. In terms of performance, students I have tutored increase their score an average of 150 points per section, and an overall average of 450 points on the test as a whole. Depending on your daughter's starting point, her scores may go up much more, or less, if she is in the high 600's or 700's.
I was a member of several elite club teams from the ages of 11-18 including FC Westchester, Manhattan Magic, Nike Select, and Westchester Select. Injuries prevented me from trying out for ODP, the olympic develoment program. Then, I was recruited to play at the Division 1 level in college by West Point, Columbia, and several other colleges. However, I decided to walk onto the Columbia Varsity Football team as a place kicker. I had to stop football due to injuries, which I have since had surgeries for, and now I have recovered.
I graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a degree in Neuroscience, where I studied learning and social cognition. I was a student with learning disabilities, and was a member of ODS (office of disability services), and while in college I worked with and tutored students who had disabilities at the high school, middle school, and elementary school level. I currently tutor a boy about to enter 5th grade at Buckley who has ADD, in addition to 7 other students who have auditory processing disorders, dysgraphia, as well as other learning disabilities. I have also worked with students who have autism. I am very familiar with the DSM V & Neuropsych evaluations having referred 6 students who had disabilities diagnosed that were previously undiscovered. I take an approach geared towards the individual student, whether they are a visual, kinetic, or auditory learner. I find that patience, experimenting with different styles, and getting the students feedback as been extremely successful. In addition, I tutored students with disabilities going back to middle school, high school, and early college. As such, I have great experience working with students that have disabilities of all ages and skill sets.
Columbia University (Neuroscience)
Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
William will travel within 20 miles of New York, NY 10069.
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