##### Queens College

Pure Math, Math Secondary Education
### Education

Queens College (Pure Math, Math Secondary Education)

##### About Somayah

Hello interested students! I am a current undergraduate student double-majoring in Pure Math and Math Secondary Education, with an intent to begin student teaching and get initial certification for high school math teaching within the next few years. I am also a graduate of a prestigious high school (Stuyvesant High School) and an experienced SAT, Regents, and elementary subject tutor.

As you can see, I am passionate about math and want to make teaching my life-long career. I have a firm and patient teaching style. This is most effective in teaching students, especially in regards to preparing them for standardized tests. Students can expect to have a relaxed environment in which questions are encouraged and practice is at the forefront. This will to allow the student to learn and master the subject. I work at the pace required for the student, adjusting for each style of learning. At the same time, the student will be required to have a serious attitude. Original work I prepare as a sort of homework for the students (the amount adjusted according to the students' available free time), is one of the best teaching tools I have used and will be part of the students' experience with me. This allows students to gain experience in the subject so that they can perform well alone. It also allows me to gauge their abilities and review material that they are having trouble in. Test preparation and test-taking skill is often incorporated in order to meet the needs of students in the modern educational system.

Experience Timeline:

As a participant in after school services at the Arab American Family Support Center in Downtown Brooklyn, I often engaged with younger students having trouble in subjects and test preparation I had experience in. I also experienced many different styles of tutoring as a student, in groups and 1-on-1, that have informed my teaching philosophy.

As a junior in high school, I was given the opportunity to tutor an 8th grade student in Regents Integrated Algebra. Over the course of 6 months, the student gained 8 points on a 0-100 scale in his grades, performing highly on the Regents exam and later exams in the class after having started as a below-average to average student. Through out the experience I adjusted my practices, leading to an overall improvement in his grades and a change in attitude about the subject. The change in attitude was something I am very proud about as someone who loves math and has a passion for this subject. I continued to tutor him into my senior year, but had to leave due to a busy schedule.

During a summer between college semesters, I was employed with Khan's Tutorial as a SAT and Regents tutor for all subjects. This experience allowed me to engage with students of all ages and work with students preparing for the SATs.

As a freshman in college, my work study job was working as a teacher's assistant at a local middle school. I assisted a math and science teacher of 6th graders in checking work, answering students' questions, helping create classroom materials, and doing busywork. I learned about the classroom environment, how to engage with younger students, especially students with major difficulties, and how to create learning materials for younger students that are fun and engaging. I also gained a perspective on teaching for students preparing for standardized testing through the classroom. I have also been employed in an Early Childhood Learning Center, as an aide and intern, for children aged 2-3.

These initial experiences have lead me into my career in tutoring, and hopefully into a career in teaching. Over the past five years, I have tutored long term with:

- 3 students in high school math Regents subjects,

- 2 elementary students in all subjects,

- 2 elementary students for the NYS Math exams,

- 1 kindergarten student in reading, writing and math,

- 1 student for the SATs,

- and a number of students for short term test preparation.

Regents students improved most, from having major issues with the subject to improving vastly in class and passing the exams. Elementary students experienced at least 1 point increase in state test scores, three of them having received a "4", and all with scores in the 3-4 range. Short term test students gain the confidence and skills needed for class or the exams themselves. The SAT student experienced the highest percentage of score increase in sections that were most difficult for them. The kindergarten student overcame delays in reading and writing, eventually catching up to and exceeding age-standards.

The Present:

My profile has been closed recently, as I took a break to focus on my studies. I am open now to take new students.

I am excited to teach those committed to bettering their general SAT and Regents subject skills, to help children who are enthusiastic about learning, or to help parents who want there children to move a step ahead.
Hello interested students! I am a current undergraduate student double-majoring in Pure Math and Math Secondary Education, with an intent to begin student teaching and get initial certification for high school math teaching within the next few years. I am also a graduate of a prestigious high school (Stuyvesant High School) and an experienced SAT,…
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