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Brandon M.

Yorktown, VA

$35/hour

Dedicated Tutoring and Academic Counsel

In-person lessons
5.0 average from 39 ratings
First session was very productive
— Laura, Yorktown, VA on 3/17/16

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College of William and Mary
Geology

Education

College of William and Mary (Geology)

About Brandon

I am an alumni of The College of William and Mary and a self-proclaimed professional student. I tutor in many subjects, but I specialize in the sciences and writing/English. I also have experience working with students who have special needs and/or difficulty operating within traditional academic parameters.

There is little I find more rewarding than dedicating my time to helping others. I have a wide academic skill set, a talent for perception, and a passion for helping students and families find balance and achieve lasting success. When I tutor I often spend hours outside of official meeting times considering the needs of my students and how I can best equip them to address those needs.


My philosophy:

As a lifelong student, I have always had a passion to learn more and challenge myself inside and outside of the classroom. Almost always this has involved surrounding myself with peers, mentors, and colleagues who have had more wisdom, talents, accomplishments, eloquence, or physical prowess than myself. It has meant listening before speaking and always asking questions, even when I think I already know the answer. It has meant making attempts, even when faced with the likelihood of failure. It has meant making peace with feelings of embarrassment, naivety, and confusion. While uncomfortable in the moment, these learning experiences have been deeply humbling and rewarding. They have shaped not only my understanding, but, more importantly, my character and how I relate to others. It is unrealistic to assume a level playing field, and amidst years of rigorous academics I have learned to resist comparing myself to others or an ideal standard of myself. These lessons and experiences form the basis from which I approach helping others through tutoring.

As a tutor, I believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn, make mistakes, and overcome obstacles without feeling like daily hurdles are a reflection of their intelligence or value as a person. I believe that everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses and should be able to learn in a way that capitalizes on their strengths. I believe the classroom setting is not for everyone and that most learning occurs when the subject at hand can be made personally relevant and engaging.

My goal is to assess students' needs, identify what they find difficult and what comes easily, and practice sustainable learning methods or time-management strategies so that they can continue to make progress on their own. I try my best to teach with integrity. I value transparency and putting the needs of the student first. A student or guardian may opt to end regular tutoring with me at any time.


Background and Interests:

I graduated with honors from The College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Geology. While in school I worked in and completed my senior thesis with the Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

After graduating from William and Mary I began to reconsider my career plans. I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I needed from a career to be fulfilled. I am now pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian and am preparing myself to apply to veterinary school.

In my spare time I love learning languages, going to CrossFit, immersing myself in great movies and shows, and making trips to visit friends whenever possible.

I look forward to hearing from you so that we can work together to conquer confusion and achieve lasting academic success!
I am an alumni of The College of William and Mary and a self-proclaimed professional student. I tutor in many subjects, but I specialize in the sciences and writing/English. I also have experience working with students who have Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

$35 for first hour of session; then $25 for each additional hour

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Yorktown, VA 23693
In-person lessons

"First session was very productive"

- Laura, Yorktown, VA on 3/17/16

"Patient and very helpful!"

- Bonnie, Yorktown, VA on 1/23/16

"Very Patient"

- Janet, Yorktown, VA on 1/20/16

"Knowledgeable and accommodating"

- Amanda, Hampton, VA on 12/8/15

"Patient Tutor"

- Kathi, Yorktown, VA on 10/16/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology,
Physical Science, Physics, Psychology
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
French
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Geology

I graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Geology. While in school I worked in and completed my senior research with the Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The earth and environmental sciences have always been fascinating to me and I have always enjoyed learning more about them and sharing my knowledge with others.

College of William and Mary
Geology

Education

College of William and Mary (Geology)

First session was very productive — Brandon was able to take the study material from my son's chemistry class and immediately help him understand how to do the calculations that were difficult for him. Brandon had a quick way of determining how much information my son already had and progressed smoothly from there. He noted some methods that would be helpful in the overall topic and checked about my son's familiarity with them. B ...

— Laura, Yorktown, VA on 3/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

$35 for first hour of session; then $25 for each additional hour

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 15 miles of Yorktown, VA 23693.