Ivy League Science Tutor
Ivy League Science Tutor
I'm Greg, a current dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and an enthusiast of academia. During my past 5 years, my love for learning and teaching my favorite topics in math and science have landed me some really cool opportunities. I've competed in chemistry competitions with students from the best universities in New York, I've held the position of President of the Chemistry Association at my undergraduate campus, and most importantly, I've attended the...
I'm Greg, a current dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and an enthusiast of academia. During my past 5 years, my love for learning and teaching my favorite topics in math and science have landed me some really cool opportunities. I've competed in chemistry competitions with students from the best universities in New York, I've held the position of President of the Chemistry Association at my undergraduate campus, and most importantly, I've attended the graduations of many of my thankful students who have seen their knowledge take them further than their confidence prescribed. Although I am seeking an extended education in dentistry, my fascination with chemistry, math, and human psychology never ceased. I found a way to make school fun for me; so much fun, that I simply can't leave it in the past. I've been able to reflect that on my students. There's a famous proverb that goes something like this: You give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. You teach a man how to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. Teaching you to love what you learn will keep your mind and your belly full for your lifetime.
A bit about my story:
I started my journey into the world of pre-med approximately 5 years ago. I'll be honest with you; I never truly enjoyed school until my early college years. As a high school student, I frequently failed my courses in science, and found tremendous apathy for math. I was withdrawn from extracurricular activities, and placed into remedial courses to make up for subjects in which I've lacked. This put me under tremendous stress as a young man because my parents are both physicians with high education, which inevitably put an array of expectations on my shoulders. After some depression, heartbreak, and feelings of hopelessness, I decided that my perfect plan B would be to pursue a career in bodybuilding. (I know, funny right?) But something extraordinary happened in my junior year of high school. I was exposed to Chemistry AB (a course for the weaker students) with Ms. Richards, whom in retrospect, is one of the most brilliant teachers that I've ever had. She treated me with compassion, and never made me feel like a failure despite my history. It wasn't until Ms. Richards introduced me to a whole new realm of "fun" education, that I realized that it’s really not so bad! After her course, learning was something I considered doing on my leisure, and the rest of my academic success beyond that was history.
How I teach:
My students have found great use in a learning device called the "mnemonic", a small, memorable technique which aids and hastens the learning process tremendously. I relate concepts to actual life scenarios, and if the details are too nitty gritty, I will create a story to help you memorize (or I will ask you to create one to help you memorize your story better). I've also seen success with the "repetition" technique. So in the example of chemistry or math, I would ask you to rewrite a few formulas on a sheet of paper a few times over the course of a week; this technique never disappoints.
Note: The earlier you approach me with your concerns, the more there is that I can assist you with. Just like any relationship, a tutor and his/her student have to establish a common language through which the teacher teaches optimally, and the student learns efficiently. Although, don't hesitate to contact me if you're cramming before a big exam, I've seen mnemonics do wonders for my crammers in the past.
You guys can't imagine how excited I am to work with you!