Hello! My name is Uma and I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the country's top Ivy League institutions. I study Biological Sciences as my major, but am well versed in other fields such as Writing, Reading comprehension, Math etc. I have many previous tutoring experiences. These include:
- Employed as a tutor at SpiderSmart Learning Center (a private tutoring company). I worked with students ranging from elementary to high school, focusing on writing skills, reading comprehension, math (from foundational topics such as multiplication, division etc to geometry, algebra, calculus etc). My students all came from diverse backgrounds and had individual strengths and weaknesses I adapted to. I learned how to give each student personalized attention in a group setting, as well as how to multitask (teaching three different subjects at different levels to different students simultaneously and keeping track of each student's progress).
- A tutor as part of the Petey Greene Program, where I help reform education programs for the imprisoned population, arming them with the important foundational knowledge and vocational skills needed to assimilate into society.
- Test prep tutor (SAT, ACT, magnet program entrance exam): I scored highly on both exams when in high school and applying to colleges. I used the knowledge and study skills I gained and tutored high school students for the SAT and ACT. I also attended a well known Magnet Program in my area for high school, and tutored middle school students for the magnet entrance exam.
-A tutor at Upenn's Tutoring Center
I have had experience teaching students outside of academics as well!
- A Junior Archery Instructor for the Izaak Walton League of America Summer Archery Program. I would teach students ranging in age from toddlers to adults, primarily focusing on the teenage-adult group. I taught them the basics of form, follow through, aim, safety. etc.
I love seeing my students grow and succeed! I enjoy being able to see the looks on each students' face when they finally reach that moment of realization when the topic or problem makes sense. It is extremely gratifying to be the one to help them reach that point.
I know that each student is unique, and some may require different teaching approaches than others. From my experience, some students can be quick learners and absorb new information quickly, while others may continue to struggle with a concept for several sessions. I have learned to adapt my pace and approach to match the individual. Being able to help my students progress, be it quickly or slowly, never ceases to bring me joy.
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