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Princeton University
Valedictorian, National Merit Commended / Hispanic, National Council of Teachers of English Recognition for Writing Excellence, Congressional Recognition for Essay Writing Competition, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist for Science and Engineering Excellence, National AP Scholar, various newspaper state writing awards
In my years at Princeton, I’ve really learned what it means to find your passion: coming in as a chemistry major, I am currently a history major focused in 20th century American and colonial studies. I’m most comfortable teaching humanities, math, basic chemistry, and Italian. One of my favorite things about history is how essential communication is – to be able to teach and historicize an era requires a clear, structured way of writing. So, I’ve come to love writing, teaching writing, and literature (specifically poetry), though I do have a background in calculus and chemistry. At Princeton, I’ve become more attuned to my culture and identity, participating in various activism groups for Latinx and LGBT rights! During one summer, I went to Tanzania on a seminar to study neo-colonialism and governmental policy. I’m also an intern for the LGBT Taskforce in D.C focused on human rights policy work! I hope to go to law school and become a human rights lawyer.
Princeton University
Top Academic Scholar in Sciences and Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, Chinese) Divisions, Winner of Senior French Speaking Award, High Distinction Award (Top 1%) in Australian National Chemistry Competition (international competition with students from Australia and 17 other countries), High Distinction Awards in ALC Australian French Competency Competition (international competition with students from Asia Pacific region), School Prefect, Won multiple Championships and Scholarships in Tap, Jazz and Contemporary dance, Certified Solo-Seal in Ballet TDI
During my schooling and the process of applying to numerous prestigious colleges without the help of additional mentors, tutors and academies, I realized the importance and value of having that extra guidance to achieve one’s goals that can truly change one's life. After achieving success in high school academics, the SAT's, and college acceptances with no consulting or counseling other than the strong support from my family, I was compelled to reach out to fellow high-schoolers: younger students who, like me, had the aspirations to achieve academic success and attend world-class institutions but were not surrounded by the people willing to help them along this often arduous journey. I offered valuable advice and tips that I had accrued from my personal experiences of test-taking and applying to U.S. colleges. Additionally, I offered tutoring on the SAT and SAT Subject tests in the sciences, Math II, and French, in addition to school subjects spanning English, foreign languages, and statistics. All the students I tutored and mentored were able to become the first rank in school in the respective subjects I had tutored them in, and some were even able to achieve scholarships to U.S. colleges. I wish that by tutoring, I can become a a valuable part of a young student's journey to achieving their goals.
Princeton University
Valedictorian, Qualifier for the National Chemistry Olympiad, National AP Scholar, Recipient of the Harvard Book Award, Team Captain of Varsity Fencing, Third at Massachusetts Epee State Championships
I started tutoring because I love math and I believe that everyone can learn to feel the same. Mathematics is ubiquitous in our world and contains profound truths that every human being should be able to understand and appreciate. Students who "hate" math seldom truly do; often only a past bad experience has ruined the subject for them. From there, I branched out to the sciences and things only became more fun. In all my tutoring, I strive to emphasize the underlying beauty of the subject. I find that enthusiasm is infectious and is the best answer to precipitously dropping grades. I believe that building confidence and deep conceptual understanding, as well as fostering a rich and mentor-like relationship between tutor and student, is the most enjoyable and most rewarding way to teach; in fact I would like to pursue a career as a professor of physics!
Princeton University
Chair of Senate and Speaker of the House of the Civics and Government Institute (2 Years), High Honor Roll (4 Years), National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Community Service Award, Chosen as one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” Awarded to 21 Outstanding Leaders Dedicated to Improving Lives of Women and Girls, by Women E-news 2013, Named “18 Under 18, the Most Amazing Teens of 2012, by Huffington Post 2012, New Jersey Resolution of Recognition from the State of New Jersey, “Young Activist Award” from NJ League of Women Voters, 2012 Proclamation of Commendation from the Township of Montclair presented at event to honor petition at Bobbi Brown’s studio in Montclair, NJ, Received press coverage from The New York Times, CNN, Fox, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and other outlets, Invited to International Day of Courage at White House March 2014, Selected to participate in Girls Leadership and Civic Education Conference at the White House
My name is Elena, and I am currently an undergrad student at Princeton University. I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and one of my favorite extracurricular activities has always been tutoring. During my final year of high school, I spent a great deal of time tutoring other high schooler and middle schooler students. Not only did I find tutoring to be helpful for the students, but it was also a learning experience for me. I learned so much about the variety of ways that people learn and understand various concepts. My passions are chemistry and math-- particularly algebra and calculus. I've been a camp counselor for five years, and I really enjoy working with children and young adults.
Princeton University
Chess Team City Champions, Academic Athletic Award, AP Scholar with Distinction
I come from a family that loves to learn from each other. Growing up in a Pakistani family on the north side of Chicago, my mother was keen to impart her knowledge of Urdu poetry and poets to us every night after dinner, and we were keen to listen. Each of us specialized in something different, so learning from one another was something easy to do in our household. I grew up teaching different family members math and science, while at the same time learning about philosophy and writing and computer science from my siblings and parents, allowing me not only to develop as a teacher but also as a learner. Since coming to Princeton, I have taught a Splash! course in special relativity and tutored calculus and intro physics through the McGraw tutoring program. I have had years of experience teaching family members, and now I have extensive experience teaching Princeton students. I love tutoring what I'm most passionate about: physics, math, and computer science. I think people have a natural tendency to want to learn about the way the world works and the sciences as well as mathematics offer some of the most fulfilling answers to the deepest questions that one can ask about nature. As a tutor, I hope to show my students that they have the potential to excel in whatever it is that they are learning through a Socratic tutoring method. I aspire to not only impart knowledge to the people I am teaching but also confidence and interest in the material. To me, teaching has always been mutual. I hope to learn from you as you learn from me.
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