"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
— Plutarch
Hello, my name is Kevin and I'm currently a recent graduate of Operations Research from Princeton University and math tutor of 4+ years.
I was always naturally good at math and taking tests, as a result of many hours and summers spent practicing.
Throughout high school, I took honors and AP-level math classes and received A's in every class, including algebra, geometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus, and...
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
— Plutarch
Hello, my name is Kevin and I'm currently a recent graduate of Operations Research from Princeton University and math tutor of 4+ years.
I was always naturally good at math and taking tests, as a result of many hours and summers spent practicing.
Throughout high school, I took honors and AP-level math classes and received A's in every class, including algebra, geometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus, and probability. I studied for the ACT and SAT on my own, and ended up taking both the tests and scoring well on my first attempt. In particular, I took the SAT and scored a perfect 800/800 on the math section, 780/800 on Writing, and 750/800 on Reading for 2330/2400 overall. I also took the SAT II Math II subject test and scored a perfect 800/800 in a single sitting. In addition, I scored 35/36 on the ACT with a 36/36 subscore on the math section.
After matriculating to Princeton University, I discovered my passion in engineering and majored in Operations Research where I worked on interesting theoretical problems. As an engineering and mathematics double major, I have done well in all my math classes including algebra, trigonometry, geometry, probability, statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus. I think math is a fun and enjoyable way to solve puzzles and problems using math. After my freshman year, I became a Teaching Assistant (TA) and started tutoring because I love helping students learn math. Recently, I took the GRE test, which also covers similar topics as SAT Math at a more advanced post-university level, and received 167/170 on the math section and 165/170 on the verbal section for a total of 332/340 overall (single sitting).
As a math tutor, students have enjoyed learning math and practicing problem solving with me. I help students find the solutions and really understand all the steps, not just write down the answer. This will help you as a student to build confidence and you will quickly improve and see better grades and test scores as a result. I have helped students improve their grades in school as well as coached them on best tips, tricks, and strategies to do well on the SAT/ACT tests.
My goal as a tutor is to teach students in the way they learn best and make sure they really succeed and continue to learn and do well on their own. Do you learn best with examples or solving problems? Are you a visual learner? By finding out what works best for you, we can learn much better this way. Furthermore, I focus on helping students to understand and build up from the basic concepts and patiently review along the way. This way, you can understand all the steps and not just guess a final answer which may be correct only by chance. My approach is by working on problems together with students from multiple angles, and to guide students to develop their problem solving abilities. I believe this is the best way to build testing confidence and to produce consistent improvement in math.
I welcome working with anyone who would like to improve their academic or test-taking success. I am easily reachable via Wyzant and will respond quickly within a few hours. Please do feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a lesson!