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Test Prep and Academic Tutor
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I began teaching at a surf camp in Santa Cruz when I was a teen. Having moved from Belgium in the late 90s, I became infatuated with the California lifestyle and wanted to share my love of it. There, I soon learned that individuals learned in very different ways and needed support tailored to their needs. This was the approach I took when I began tutoring my peers at Los Gatos High School and later at UCSB.
As a tutor, I quickly began expanding into subjects such as mathematics and statistics, physics, English as a Second Language, French, and a bit of Spanish. Having struggled as a student in the past, I found it easy to help those in similar predicaments. My past experience at competitive institutions helps me connect with and support students today in the Bay Area. I continue to expand my students’ knowledge as well as my own, and I strive to instill this love of knowledge and pursuit of learning in the students I work with at AJ.
Especially in subjects like AP Physics or AP Statistics, it can be challenging for students to move beyond the complicated formulas and into the understanding of where formulas come from and when to apply them. I like to help students explore the theoretical concepts behind what they are learning. Rather than simply manipulating algebraic equations, I enjoy helping students explore the reasons behind the calculations. I’ve found that sparking a student’s curiosity is one of the best ways to facilitate a deep understanding of the subject.
I also enjoy guiding my students through standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. Having worked for various tutoring companies, as well as privately, I have incorporated a variety of customized strategies into my teaching style. AJ Tutoring’s 1-on-1 approach permits students to fully share their wants and needs, while giving me as a tutor a platform to mold the lesson to best suit the needs of each student. While acknowledging individual strengths and challenges, I enjoy working collaboratively with students to help them reach their goals.
Outside of AJ, you will find me surfing, reading, and generally being amazed by the surrounding scenery and culture.