I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Florida Honors Program planning on double majoring in Biochemistry and Neurobiological Sciences. I have been a private tutor since my senior year and have tutored AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP World History, and Algebra 2 Honors. In addition to private tutoring, I have been a member of the Math and Science National Honor Society since my junior year. I was the President of Math Honor Society at my high school and tutored students in Algebra, Geometry and AP Calculus AB. I was a member of the Science National Honor Society and tutored in AP Chemistry. Based on my experience in tutoring, I am passionate about helping people in improving academically and set them up for success.
I graduated 4th in a class of 880 people and scored 1500 on the SAT and 34 (super score) on the ACT. I am also a National AP Scholar and have received multiple recognitions from the University of Cambridge. I won multiple awards throughout high school, such as AP Psychology Student of the Year and AP/AICE Biology Student of the Year. For my extracurriculars, I have been a Taekwondo Instructor for the past six years and also competed in Science Olympiad for the past three years. I have a national medal in Anatomy and Physiology and 36 medals overall.
A link to my LinkedIn account is shown below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophia-velasco-903364185/
I enjoy seeing students improve and understand topics. I believe that the effects of teaching are timeless and that students can carry their knowledge everywhere they go and spread it.
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I will ask my students what areas of topics they need to work on. For instance, if they are struggling with the topic of Differentiation in Calculus, I will have them attempt a sample question. Afterward, I will guide them step by step in the sample question, explain the general topic of differentiation, provide sample questions, and then provide a final question in order to check if my students understand the topic.
I have been tutoring for the past three years as a private tutor and member of multiple honor societies at my high school.
I charge $25/hour.
My first experience in teaching was in Taekwondo through my school's Instructor Program. I shadowed my Grandmaster in teaching and eventually achieved Instructor status after a couple of years. I have been teaching Taekwondo for the past six years and taught state champions and national medalists. I eventually found a love for teaching and wanted to extend that passion in my academics.
In Taekwondo, I have worked with ages ranging from 3 years old to adults, so I am familiar with the different methods of learning style for students. In academics, I have mainly tutored high schoolers in different grades (9th-12th graders).
My first ever Taekwondo student has been helping me teach classes and I am fond of watching him pick up my teaching style and changing it to accommodate his. I am fond of the memory of watching him teach because I have taught him six years ago and now he is teaching new Taekwondo students. It makes me value the power of education and how timeless it is.
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