Danay Nipar

Test Prep & Academic Tutor

I grew up in a small rural community just shy of South Lake Tahoe where my love of nature and learning was cultivated from a young age. I carried my passion for wildlife and education into my college career where I participated in several volunteer educational outreach programs and endangered species research projects. I graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with my Bachelor’s of Science in ecology and evolutionary biology.

I was first introduced to the wonders of science and math by very influential high school teachers who took the time to answer any strange or interesting questions I came up with in or outside of class. As a result, I believe in creating an environment where students feel comfortable and are encouraged to ask questions no matter the depth or complexity. I believe that there are no stupid questions! Questions inspire curiosity and excitement in otherwise difficult subjects and often lead to a deeper understanding of material that will last well beyond the end of the semester. I also believe in exploring practical applications of materials learned in class. I find that putting things in a “real world” perspective often clarifies complex concepts for students. Above all, I believe in honing a student’s study skills so that one day they may look at learning new and difficult subjects as a challenge they will conquer.

During my college career, I realized my passion for bringing math and science to my peers and youth in the community by providing one-on-one tutoring in calculus and volunteering my time for the UCSC-led program WISE (“Women in Science and Engineering”). I provided one-on-one and group peer tutoring in multiple subjects at UCSC, including but not limited to calculus, biology, and chemistry, with a focus on problem solving and test taking strategies. I also gained experience in assisting students with learning differences. As part of my volunteer work with WISE, I also assisted in classroom demonstrations, presenting scientific concepts in a fun and engaging manner. These opportunities taught me the intricacies of teaching and how rewarding it can be to pass on a passion for learning and to see students gain confidence in themselves, and they inspired me to pursue teaching further.

Outside of my time tutoring, I enjoy hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains looking for reptiles and amphibians, making new friends at the dog beaches, and watching the newest releases at the cinema.

Subjects Tutored

Interview Prep
ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, and Writing Sample
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Chemistry
Academic Biology
Academic K-8
AP Chemistry
AP Biology

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