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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.
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