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My name is Sean M. I have been working as a professional tutor since January 2012, but I have been in instructional and outreach positions of various kinds since high school. After attaining a full-IB diploma in high school, I attained a liberal arts background at Reed College, and now I am pursuing my master of science in genetic epidemiology at the University of Washington.
My academic interests are broad, but I have a specific interest in conveying complex concepts with lucidity and clarity. After a rigorous training in the humanities and sciences, I have attained strong communication skills, both verbal and written. I also have extensive experience approaching academic obstacles systematically, using something like the scientific method. I am always asking myself: "how does this elegantly simple framework apply in this particular nuanced subject?"
I have also found that the scientific method readily applies to teaching, and I would love to use this approach to help you or somebody you know succeed in a subject, be it English, math, chemistry, or molecular genetics. In each session, I will assess what seems to be the problem (both what is being asked of the student, and what they seem to not understand), what seems to be the goal of the work (what questions are being asked? what is the scope of the material covered?), and how we can work together to achieve success not only in this particular instance, but in the next one and the next one.
My goal is to empower students with sufficient confidence in their own analytical abilities, so when the next seemingly insurmountable task comes along, they are able to reflect on their understanding, recognize the relevant gaps, and utilize technology and other resources to attain the knowledge necessary to fill those gaps and succeed in their subject. To put this another way: I want to save you money on tutoring lessons by making your student their own tutor!
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