The most important attributes of any teacher are empathy and patience. I currently attend Harvard University and work as a professional writer and tutor. I've lived all over the United States, although I grew up in Scotland of all places. My scores on the SAT and ACT were perfect (2400 and 36 respectively), though I too had to work hard to get there, so I know what it's like when you're just starting out. Over the years, I've worked with students suffering from ADD, autism, dyslexia, dysgr... [more]
An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!
In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.
Biology lends itself to metaphors. And flash cards. But it doesn't have to be boring! I've completed courses in Immunology, Endocrinology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and all sorts of prerequisites at Harvard. As long as we're resourceful, learning Biology can be fun and manageable.
Chemistry is both fun and fascinating, which is lucky because it's also a really important prerequesite. I've completed four semesters of Chemistry at Harvard as part of the Pre-Med curriculum - General Chem I & II, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
As Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug."
Grammar is a bit like math, and a lot of it's quite intuitive!
I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, trigonometry, etc.
Though I teach for a living while completing my degree, I'm also a writer. Research and essay writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.
This is my favorite subject. I've personally read a few thousand books and written more essays than I can possibly remember.
My favorite standardized test. I think the LSAT is quite fun, actually! Logic and intuition are behind every solution.
The SAT Reading section is deceptively straightforward. There are tropes of questions that appear again and again and can be mastered with basic reading and comprehension strategies. I have all the study materials you would ever need, including half a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you shouldn't need to purchase extra books.
The SAT Writing section will test your ability to read, write, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (subjunctive voice, irregular past participles, etc.) I have all the necessary study materials, including a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books. The SAT Writing section is my favorite component of the test. I think it's somewhat relaxing and fun!
The GMAT is one of my favorite standardized tests - the sentence correction is particularly fun. I can give you all the resources you'll need to study for the exam, no matter where you're starting out!
I enjoy taking standardized tests like the ACT, and I love helping others do the same, including for the Reading section.
The ACT English section will test your ability to write, read, and detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon) and more advanced grammatical concepts (who vs whom, irregular past participles, etc.)
The ACT Math certainly looks comprehensive, covering everything from Trigonometry to Probability and Statistics. But it's really not so bad once we get started! Plus, every minute you spend studying will also help you get ready for college. I have all the necessary study materials, including dozens of real, previously-administered ACT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra materials.
Every clue to solve a problem is provided in the question, and some clever sleuthing is often all you'll need to get the answer! The ACT science section covers basic chemistry, physics, and biology, although technically you don't need to know much about these subjects to be successful on the test.
Currently, I tutor the Verbal portion of the MCAT. Throughout the years I've accumulated a vast collection of study materials, including 7 previously administered tests which I am happy to share. I think taking the MCAT can be quite fun!
I've helped students from diverse backgrounds and at every stage of educational career plan for their future, from strategizing about standardized tests to making sense of essay prompts. The whole process can seem overwhelming at first, but it's nothing a bit of brainstorming can't solve!
Food is such an outsize factor of our experience that I've naturally felt drawn to Nutritional science my whole life. Most recently, after completing Biochemistry, Gen Chem I&II, Organic Chemistry, Endocrinology, Immunology, Stats, General Biology and attendant labs at Harvard with a 4.0 GPA, I based my independent research project in Literature Review on specific topics in Nutrition. I'd love to help you navigate, study, or interpret any research aspect of this fascinating and evolving field!