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In my sophomore year of high school, in my Physics B class, I got my first ever tutoring request. I was hesitant at first, as I was actually struggling a little in the class myself, but I accepted, and we met on Skype to begin a series of online lessons. I had helped out classmates

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Benjamin helped with tips, tricks and helping my son with "showing his work." My son thought that Benjamin was really easy to talk to and knew what he was talking about.

Although we started out with some technical issues on the website., Benjamin was quick to jump into a complex problem I was working on for AP physics. He showed that he was very knowledgeable about the subject. I look forward to working with him again to be able to better understand the material in this course.

Benjamin is very patient and he is a wiz with numbers! He gave me feed back about progress and other things i should look for when I complete algebraic problems. The first session was great!

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My Algebra 1 teacher was particularly bad, so it was actually one of the first math classes I had where I took an active role in helping out my peers. While there isn't much to teach in terms of concepts, since much of Algebra 1 is getting used to symbol-shunting rules, it does introduce the crucial concept of a function. Beyond simply guiding students through the required practice to get used to manipulating symbols, I hope to get them to truly understand what a function is, so that they don't get confused down the road (particularly in Calculus).

The concepts Algebra 2 introduces will challenge many student's conception of what a function is and can be. If they already do truly understand what a function is, then Algebra 2 should only present natural extensions of what they know; in that case, I will challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills with interesting problems. Applications provide both a step-up in problem solving difficulty and valuable context for the material, making them ideal for learning even pure math. While I haven't directly taught an Algebra 2 curriculum before, I've taught subjects both higher and lower, which I think demonstrates fluency in both the foundations and applications of Algebra 2 concepts.

I can teach most of the material in Calc 1A and 1B; only thing I don't know is differential equations from the latter part of 1B.

I once taught a close friend with minimal chemistry background the entirety of the AP chemistry curriculum in three days; he scored a 4 on the exam. While much of that is due to his innate intelligence, I believe that's more than enough evidence that I know exactly what students need to know for the exam. In my view, chemistry is much less conceptually challenging than say, physics, but its problems can be much more tedious, and thus require practice to avoid mistakes. Nevertheless, I will try as much as possible to reduce boring rote learning and focus on concepts whose understanding will ease the problem-solving process.

I'm currently working towards a physics major at UC Berkeley. The majority of my tutoring jobs have been in physics, and I scored top marks on many standardized physics tests (800 on the SAT 2 Physics, 5 on Physics B and both Physics C's).

Much of pre-calculus is simply focused on solidifying a student's algebra skills, but what new concepts it does introduce are extremely important. Knowing their broad applications in physics, I will give parametrics, vectors, polar coordinates, and matrices particular focus, making sure that students understand how vectors work intuitively but also that they get used to working with formal vector notation. Limits will also be given particular focus, of course, as the foundation of all calculus; here I won't delve into the rigorous definition of a limit, since an intuitive understanding works just fine for pretty much all applications. As for experience, I spent the summer before my Junior year leading a precalculus study group, in which we tackled high-level problems together to develop our problem-solving skills.

I believe preparing for the SAT Math section is a matter of practice. With a first-try score of 780 on the Math section without studying, I think I'm well-equipped to show students how to navigate the SAT Math section's little tricks.

Trigonometry was a particularly tough subject for my peers back in high school, so I frequently spent afternoons helping out individuals or groups learn to manipulate trig identities and understand fundamental trig concepts. I emphasize deriving over memorizing when it comes to trig, as it allows for more flexibility and less hard work, and also leads to a deeper understanding of why trig identities work the way they do.

As far as I know, writing lacks an established canon of concepts to teach, unlike math or science. The closest thing most people know is Strunk and White's small style guide, but simply knowing their rules doesn't help in the most important aspect of writing: developing a personal style. That can only come through practice, so my writing curriculum will consist of many essays in several styles, each of which I will critique to expose both specific errors and general writing flaws. The subject matter will be tailored to the students interest, as I've found it's much easier to write about something you're passionate about. I've taught writing at multiple levels, from elementary schoolers to my own peers back in high schools, and I have plenty of experience editing essays as well, so I'm familiar with common writing pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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Physics and math, emphasis on conceptual understanding