Ivy League Educated, Certified Physics Teacher, Published Author.
Ivy League Educated, Certified Physics Teacher, Published Author.
A former Columbia University School of Dental Medicine scholar, I achieved a perfect score on the "Quantitative Reasoning" section of the DAT, along with the highest overall score among the members of my entering class. Accepted into the 2014 New York City Teaching Fellowship Program, I am a certified physics instructor, possessing a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In addition, I am a proud recipient of the "ETS Recognition of Excellence Award" for the...
A former Columbia University School of Dental Medicine scholar, I achieved a perfect score on the "Quantitative Reasoning" section of the DAT, along with the highest overall score among the members of my entering class. Accepted into the 2014 New York City Teaching Fellowship Program, I am a certified physics instructor, possessing a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In addition, I am a proud recipient of the "ETS Recognition of Excellence Award" for the attainment of a score of 195 on the General Science: Content Knowledge Praxis II Examination. In addition, I attained a 1550/1600 on my SAT.
I have been employed as a part-time lecturer and TA for a very prestigious university at which, once per week, I conducted a 200-minute physics laboratory/lecture consisting of thirty underclass students.
I tutor all students in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, SAT, ACT, English, Proofreading, Calculus, and all other mathematical disciplines in existence.
Physics is unequivocally my favorite subject to tutor, and, if my A-game is accompanying me, the likelihood of presenting me with a problem for which I am incapable of rendering a solution rivals that of a blind squirrel discovering an acorn.
There are those who may refer to the aforementioned words/attitude as "hubris" or "cockiness"; however, such assertions could not be any more antithetical to reality. Quite the contrary, I would define such statements as merely confidence, providing the perfect segue for elaboration upon the two central constituents of my instructional philosophy.
The first of two tenets central to my educational philosophy is "Confidence." The unmitigated significance of improving students' comprehension of concepts, while eradicating any misunderstandings related to said concepts is a responsibility bestowed upon all tutors that is irrefutable.
However, what many tutors/teachers fail to recognize is that the building and reinforcement of a student's confidence is, or should be, of no less importance, as it is crucial to academic success and, of even greater importance, life success. Because of the myriad interactions between myself and other individuals, especially students/young adults, it has become increasingly clear that most students severely underestimate their academic abilities and, as a result, suffer from a significant deficiency in confidence.
I vehemently assert, "Confidence precedes success," and completely and categorically dismiss the idea of "Success preceding confidence." Therefore, it is my stalwartly held belief, that success is unattainable by a person bereft of confidence. My confidence should be readily discernible from my writing and its development in every student with whom I agree to partner is a priority that is second to none.
My dogmata regarding the association between success and confidence could not be more appropriately and succinctly exemplified than the following reference to a quotation immortalized by Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or you can't; you're right.
The second and final principle central to my instructional philosophy is "Comprehension." The increasingly pervasive prevalence of memorization in our nation's educational environments is a trend that necessitates eradication. Students have become progressively more dependent upon rote memorization in their misguided attempts to accomplish mastery of conceptions that should be comprehended and understood.
Effective education in Math and the Sciences should focus on emphasizing the "Why" behind every concept and making certain that the student can successfully respond to questions posed in multiple contexts.
Well-comprehended procedures, theories, etc., facilitate the treasured higher-order reasoning required to arrive at the proper solution, regardless of the context in which it is presented. Higher-order thinking is a very valuable skill in today's workforce, and its development and cultivation in my students is central to my instructional methods. I incessantly preach, "If you have to memorize something, then you do not understand it sufficiently."
As a professional writer with over fifty published articles, and a mass-market publication due out in the fall, I derive tremendous enjoyment from proofreading, in which one presents me with an essay or written composition and I revise said composition to render it more harmonious to the reader. Concomitant with such revisions, I enjoy educating the writer regarding the justifications for such revisions, i.e., sentence structure, grammar, spelling, subject-verb agreement, vocabulary, etc.
I provide bi-weekly contributions as an editorial sports staff writer at a major media website and have very recently become a weekly political op-ed contributor for an A-list publication. Some of my analytical pieces have been published on FoxSports.com, a global leader in sports journalism. I have also been a guest on a popular, prominent NY sports-talk radio program, providing complex, sabermetric baseball analysis regarding the team that I cover on a regular basis.
My third and final area of expertise is standardized test preparation, e.g., SAT, ACT, DAT, etc.
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Amazing physics tutor
Tracy made my 17 year old son feel comfortable right away and explained everything very clearly. He taught by example, showing Jacob how he would attack the problem while explaining and checking Jacob's understanding. Tracy was funny, patient, and extremely knowledgeable in the subject area. We have already scheduled another lesson and I am confident that with Tracy's help, Jacob will improve in physics. I would highly recommend Tracy as a tutor.Jackie, 7 lessons with Tracy
Professional, knowledgeable and encouraging
Tracy has met with both my son and daughter for Physics instruction. Tracy is extremely professional, compassionate and encouraging to both of my children. He has always been on time and flexible with scheduling appointments. Both of my children have left sessions with improved understanding of concepts, therefore, receiving higher grades. I would highly recommend Tracy!!!Tiffany, 5 lessons with Tracy
Patient, funny, and knowledgeable
Tracy helped me with my Quantitative Reasoning assignment and made sure I grasped the concept by having me work out problems or going back over them if I was unsure. By the end of the session, I could do the assignment and had no problem with the assignments I had after. I recommend him to everyone who needs an extra push in Math. He's officially my go to tutor! Thanks Tracy :)Mercedes, 1 lesson with Tracy
Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor
Tracy taught me Algebra 2. I was able to comprehend the topics and do the problems on my own. Tracy knows the subject well and employs good teaching techniques. Will definitely recommend Tracy.Edwin, 2 lessons with Tracy
Knowledgeable and helpful tutor
He helped me better understand topics in AP Bio that I wouldn't have understood in a classroom setting. Through thorough explanations and thoughtful repetition, Tracy helped me create an understanding of something I was very confused on moments before. I strongly recommend him for anyone who needs help.Min, 17 lessons with Tracy
Thorough and Patient
The lesson was very helpful and his method of teaching was thorough and detailed. He was patient and spent time explaining and answering questionsVeena, 3 lessons with Tracy
Tracy is very patient and passionate to the student. He always stays late and make sure the student totally understands the problems. He is also knowledgeable. Highly recommend!Lingyan , 12 lessons with Tracy
I felt that I was able to understand more about the topics he was teaching instead of rote memorization. In other words, understanding was emphasized much more than memorization.Vihan, 3 lessons with Tracy
Great Physics Tutor
Tracy is an excellent tutor. He taught me projectile motion because I was having a difficult time with it. He was very patient and made sure I completely understood it during my lesson. I would highly recommend him and have already referred a friend to him.Jared, 2 lessons with Tracy
Tracy really walked me through my homework and answered all my questions until I understood everything. You can tell that he knows what he is doing. Would definitely recommend!Diana, 2 lessons with Tracy
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