Adam Frank, B.A., M.Phil.
In 2006, I completed undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, and in 2011 my Master's degree from Columbia University in New York. I've tutored for about 10 years, the last five have been as a full time professional.
I've successfully tutored hundreds a students in a wide variety of subjects and fields. I've helped improve test scores and, more importantly, understand the given subject matter. References are available on request.
What distinguishes me from other Math and Science teachers is that, beyond having a mastery of the subject I teach, I'm a skilled communicator. I try to have at least two different ways of explaining any given concept, so that the student has as many learning avenues as possible. I like to give at least one explanation of a problem in a procedural, "step-by-step" way, so that the student learns "Whenever you see THIS, try to do THAT." One refrain I hear all the time from my students is "The problem seems so easy when you do it!"
Additionally, my goal as a tutor is to eventually make the student not need me. Rather than simply giving answers, I often answer questions with hints, which usually goes like this: The student works through a collection of problems, sometimes a homework set or examples from a book, and I let them solve as many as they can without help. Eventually the student asks a question, and rather than answer it directly, I try to respond with a question or hint of my own that will guide the student into solving the problem on her own. At the end of the problem I'll take the opportunity to give a further explanation, in order to elaborate or fill in any gaps of understanding that I might have noticed.
A final principle that I have about teaching is that, whenever possible, I try to know at least twice as much about a question as the question requires. Although my job is to be able to simply answer each question I'm asked, having that fuller understanding often makes answers clearer, cleaner, and prepares me for any off-the-cuff questions that a student might have.
As of 2018 I have also devoted a day each week when I teach inmates Math and Computer Science at correctional facilities. This volunteer work is made possible by the Bard Prison Initiative, through which inmates have the opportunity to earn a degree from Bard University and prepare for a career once they have served out their sentence. Please visit the BPI website to learn more and consider making a donation.
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