I am currently an undergraduate student at Cornell University studying Biological sciences. At school, I am involved in research regarding Veterinary Oncology to uncover more about treating lymphoma in dogs. I have also worked with MedLife, a medical brigade organization, to bring medical care and education to Lima, Peru. Outside of classes, I dance as a member of a Korean hip-hop dance group. Currently during the summer I am working as a clinic instructor for a learning center geared towards individuals with learning disabilities. I have a strong interest in working with children, and young adults, having tutored since middle school and spent a year as a teaching assistant for elementary reading and math.
I have excelled in many standardized tests, including PSAT, SAT, SAT II, and AP tests, and I am happy to offer tutoring regarding both subject matter and test-taking strategies. I am also able to assist in test prep for the ISEE, HSPT, and SSAT tests. I especially have an interest in teaching subjects in math and science, including Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, and Physics. I also love helping students with essays and helping students structure their writing to convey their ideas in the best way possible. As an undergraduate college student, I am also happy to help high school students develop their personal statements and offer advice about the college application process.
As an immigrant from South Korea, I received a lot of tutoring and extra classes to get my English skills up to the level of my peers. As such, I am a strong believer in passing on not only what I have learned, but also the dedication that others had when teaching me. When I teach, I dissect harder problems into simpler ones and emphasize learning the principles behind the problems. This way, I emphasize the essential concepts instead of encouraging the student to simply memorize facts. I believe that all students should have the same opportunities that I was given, and I am here to help them develop the tools that they can use to succeed!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Current Undergrad, Biological Sciences
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1600
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 790
AP Biology: 5
AP Chemistry: 5
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 5
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 710
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 800
AP Macroeconomics: 4
AP Microeconomics: 5
AP Psychology: 5
Dancing and cooking
High School Biology
High School Business
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to ensure that the student can grasp the main ideas of the problem well enough to apply it in different contexts. In order to achieve this, I will break down a problem to its bare parts, so that the student can learn the essential concepts. In general, I believe that I was lucky enough to learn from very exceptional teachers and tutors, and I would like to pass it on and try to teach my students with the same determination and enthusiasm that was expressed to me.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I might use various tools to gauge the student's strengths and weaknesses. These would range from having the student solve sample problems to simply asking the student what they need the most help on. Besides that, I like to use my first session to make a positive impression on the student. Without a healthy working relationship, the student cannot gain much from the teacher.