Columbia University (PreMed-Biology)
I am a full-time professional tutor. My job is to work with students, parents and teachers to achieve academic goals and develop cognitive skills. A lot of what I do has to do with diagnosing specific performance gaps and using a highly personalized approach to target and fix them. The majority of my students need help with math, specifically algebra and standardized testing like the SAT. For English and writing support, I coach students through the development of an essay with an analytic and structured language arts model that produces sustainable results.
It's common for students to say and truly feel that they are comfortable with a concept and then fail to perform on a test or assignment. This is a result of both study as well as teaching methods. Unfortunately, many educators focus on passively showing instead of actively teaching students how to solve problems. This facilitates the mere impression of knowledge, rather than fostering a real, lasting understanding of the material. I am a full-time professional tutor. My job is to work with students, parents and teachers to achieve academic goals and develop cognitive skills. A lot of what I do has to do with diagnosing specific performance gaps and using a highly personalized approach to target and fix them. The majority of my students need help with math, specifically
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Of all the subjects, math is the most cumulative. For this reason it is important to make sure past concepts are fully understood and retained long-term. Having an experienced tutor to fill in any gaps can make a big difference on class and test scores.
My College Counseling experience goes back to my own early decision application to Columbia University in 2003. Since my acceptance into the Ivy League, I have helped dozens of high school students mature their college admissions essays and personal statements into well-written pieces that reflect the value a student will bring to the undergraduate institution as well as the experience they hope to gain from that college. Admissions officers have come to expect carefully crafted written elements of the application. Admission rates are at record lows, with some schools accepting less than 7% of applicants. This is why I work with students, parents, and high schools to develop a strategic college admissions campaign that matches the specific strengths and interests of the prospective student. This is a stressful and exciting time for high school seniors, and having an experienced academic consultant working with you, will make the process more smooth and transparent. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. References are also available.
I have been tutoring full-time for over five years, and have also tutored during college. In that time, a significant number of my students have been in elementary school. I work with students, parents, and oftentimes elementary school teachers to help improve core math and reading skills. It is common for the parents of one of my high school students to have me begin tutoring their younger, K-6 sibling to prevent the extra work it takes to remedy a lack of early skills later.
As a full-time tutor since graduating from Columbia University and a native New Yorker, I have a lot of Regents experience. The most common standardized tests with which I help my students are Regents exams. While Regents exams are not as intensive as SAT IIs or AP exams, they do require guided practice and understanding. There are two that tend to be especially challenging: the Algebra II Trigonometry Regents, as well as the Chemistry Regents. I have had consistent success helping my public school students overcome these exams, as well as others with which an individual student may have difficulty. Regents scores appear on the high school transcripts sent to college admissions officers, so it is important to earn a Regents diploma with solid exam scores. I tutor students for the English, Geometry, Algebra, Algebra II/Trig, Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Global as well as US History Regents Exams.
My eight years working as a full time tutor since graduating from Columbia University as a Premed Bio major, as well as working as an English teacher for two years has shown me that study skills are rarely explicitly taught in a school setting, but are among the most important for achieving consistent academic performance. Study skills are incorporated into all of my sessions with new students. It's an especially important focus with those that are struggling in multiple subjects. Together we look at time management, setting short-term and long-term goals, keeping ourselves honest about completing goals, as well as efficient backpack and agenda organization. In the end, it always pays off grade-wise, and it is one of the more universally applicable subjects for life beyond school.