Stanford-educated Active-Learning Tutor for Math, Spanish, SAT + More
Stanford-educated Active-Learning Tutor for Math, Spanish, SAT + More
Hi there! I am an undergraduate at Stanford University pursuing a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. Philosophy. These disciplines may seem unrelated, but I am attracted to both for largely the same reason, indeed the same reason that I am passionate about tutoring: I have always been fascinated by the basic building blocks of knowledge. Even when studying less abstract topics like Biology, History, and Economics - which happen to be some of my favorite to tutor - I find that asking "Why?" and "How?"...
Hi there! I am an undergraduate at Stanford University pursuing a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. Philosophy. These disciplines may seem unrelated, but I am attracted to both for largely the same reason, indeed the same reason that I am passionate about tutoring: I have always been fascinated by the basic building blocks of knowledge. Even when studying less abstract topics like Biology, History, and Economics - which happen to be some of my favorite to tutor - I find that asking "Why?" and "How?" often leads me back to the fundamental laws of nature and of life. This ground-up approach to understanding has propelled my career as both a learner and an educator, and is just one of the ways that my journey as a student informs my methods as a tutor.
My personal tutoring experience spans a variety of settings, including a combined three years of work for both Hawken School and Stanford as an official Math, Science, Spanish and English peer tutor, as well as one year volunteering with Esperanza, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to supporting underprivileged youth during the college application process. I also co-created and taught the Logic & Rhetoric curriculum at the Champion Briefs Institute, an award-winning speech and debate summer intensive. Each of these organizations emphasizes the unique role of the tutor as both teacher and peer, a philosophy that has also defined my four years of private tutoring. In fact, my ability to relate to clients as a fellow active student - one only a few years removed from negotiating standardized tests and the seven-hour school day myself - has proved to be one of my most valuable assets as a teacher. Often, I find that tutoring is as much about unlearning bad habits and correcting misconceptions as it is developing effective study tools. Thinking like a student, then, and anticipating when and why one might go astray becomes just as important as thinking like an educator and illuminating the best path forward.
A successful academic journey, I believe, begins with a relationship. My priority is always to foster a trusting environment in which students feel comfortable asking questions, expressing frustrations, and challenging themselves. Beyond that initial goal - in fact because of it - my approach varies widely from tutee to tutee based on personal objectives and needs, which I continually assess based on feedback from students as well as their teachers and guardians. For some students, building a solid foundation of time management and organizational skills is our first and most crucial step. For others, it is learning to breakdown complex problems and tasks into simpler components.
Regardless of the individual, however, one key aspect of my process remains constant: I believe in active learning. Whenever possible, I avoid merely teaching definitions and formulas, instead focusing on the development of critical thinking skills that students can use to make connections and solve problems for themselves. In practice, this means that the lesson plans I create for each session usually begin with an active review, in which I guide students through a series of customized questions designed to deepen their understanding in the areas with which they most need help. From there, my students take the lead as we work through any assignments or study guides they may have, pausing along the way to clarify concepts and address questions as they organically arise. When rote memorization is unavoidable, I make ample use of mnemonics and extended, personally meaningful examples to ensure that students fully grasp the necessary content.
My ultimate goal as a tutor is to make myself obsolete, equipping each of my students with the tools they need to tackle new material and derive knowledge on their own. If you think my approach could be helpful in your preparations for the SAT, the ACT, or a course in any of my listed subjects, please feel free to contact me; I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule a free consultation and discuss my potential role in the many options available to you. I look forward to helping you maximize your scholarly potential.
Aric has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Aric is a gem. He has been tutoring my 15 year old daughter in Geometry for the past 3 months, and she (and we) could not be happier. Since elementary school, she has been a reluctant math student, but Aric's positive energy and sense of humor put her instantly at ease. His clear explanations and demonstrations allow her to be hands-on with the concepts, and she's gone from struggling in math to having the highest grade in her class (an accomplishment she would NEVER have thought possible!). More importantly, she is confident in her ability, enjoys Geometry, and now thinks of herself as "good at math."Robin, 5 lessons with Aric
Best geometry tutor!
My teenage boys adore Aric! They look forward to their sessions. He is super thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. He is versatile and can tutor in many subjects. I would highly recommend him!Lisa, 4 lessons with Aric
Aric is wonderful helping my autistic child with one of his favorite subjects, math! His positive attitude, knowledge and love for teaching are evident. He’s great at getting my child to explain how they come up with answers, this is developing his verbal skills. Great job, Aric!ELIESHA, 17 lessons with Aric
Best Tutor we've ever had !
Aric is an amazing tutor. He's excellent at tutoring various subjects. Lately we've been focusing on Spanish and math but honestly no matter what subject my daughter has had challenges with Aric has been able to not only help her understand the material but also engages her critical thinking skills so that the she can confidently complete her assignments and later be tested on the subject earning exceptional marks. I highly recommend this tutor to all of youTamara, 1 lesson with Aric
Very Knowledgeable and Friendly Tutor!
Aric is teaching my son Algebra 2/Trigonometry. He has a great teaching style and my son really likes him and is "re" learning Algebra 2/Trigonometry! I highly recommend Aric.Susan, 2 lessons with Aric
Very knowledgeable in Geometry. Very patient.
My daughter says that "Aric helped me understand concepts of geometry. He taught me to think more deeply about the concepts. " As the parent, I am very happy with the all the help that Aric is giving my daughter. He has made it easier for us to get through the quickness of our daughter taking Geometry over the summer. I'm hoping he'll be able to help with other subjects once school begins.Chana, 15 lessons with Aric
Thank you for helping me prepare for my Chemistry final. You explained everything in a way to help me better understand the concepts I was having difficulty with. I truly felt more confident and prepared. I appreciate all the research you did ahead of time, reviewing all my past exams/quizzes and focusing on areas where I needed improvement. You really go the extra mile as a tutor and I'm so appreciative! Thank you so much Aric.Brittany, 3 lessons with Aric
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