New York University (Philosophy)
Harvard University Extension School (Other)
I am a recent graduate of New York University, having studied philosophy and doing extensive research in biochemical technology. I am currently preparing for application to medical school, taking classes at Harvard University. During my time in high school and in university, I tutored students in areas of mathematics (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2), science (Chemistry, elementary physical sciences), and writing.
Having come from a household where both mom and dad worked, I encourage all of my students to take responsibility of their own studies and let them know that in the end, their achievements in academics are for the benefit of their future and a step towards achieving their goals in life. My main objective while working with a student is to understand the student's attitude towards a particular subject and adjust the subject matter in a way that will be engaging and pleasantly challenging. I firmly believe that every student learns differently and it is the job (although many times a difficult one) of the tutor to understand her student and prepare lessons in such a way that the student is able to go beyond simple comprehension and be able to gain the "thinking skills" that are required for him/her to succeed in every subject which he/she studies.
I have worked with students who excel in their academics and desire to work with a tutor simply for getting ahead and previewing next year's material, but I have also worked with students who find the "simplest" subjects very challenging and require going over a particular lesson three, or four times over. I adjust my approach to teaching depending on the type of student: in the case of the student who excels, I usually prepare two to three lessons for an appointment in which we have scheduled one lesson. Usually, the student understands the material straight away and we are able to move on to the next subject. In the case of the student who finds school very, very challenging, I always bring extra practice problems and try to find easier ways of understanding more difficult concepts. Especially in mathematics, there is nothing better than practice. After reviewing a concept, I will have the student complete several practice problems and we will continue this throughout the lesson. Students such as I have hitherto described are not any less "smarter" than the former, but simply need more practice and more time. I firmly believe that practice makes progress, and I drill this concept into our lessons.
I am a recent graduate of New York University, having studied philosophy and doing extensive research in biochemical technology. I am currently preparing for application to medical school, taking classes at Harvard University. During my time in high school and in university, I tutored students in areas of mathematics (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1,
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I have completed both Organic Chemistry I and II at Harvard University. During my time taking the course, I helped fellow students learn the subject matter. I led exam review sessions and helped students who were confused on a particularly difficult concept. I have a concrete understanding of Organic Chemistry and feel confident in being able to teach this subject.
Being able to write a well drafted essay requires more than the ability to come up with a thesis. Through gaining a generalized understanding of essay structure and the purpose for which it serves, I help students develop skills in formatting sound sentence structure, thorough analysis, and valid reasoning in order to draft well-written essays. In the past, I've worked with high school students applying to universities (currently enrolled in Dartmouth, NYU, Fordham, etc.) and graduate students enrolled in an MBA program at Harvard University. Moreover, I've also worked in editing manuscripts to be published in anthologies and academic journals written by well-known academics.