Aaron has been one of PrepMatters' full time tutors for the last five years, though has been teaching for far longer. While studying for his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, he began an undergraduate teaching assistant program within his department. He also took advantage of many teaching opportunities en route to a Ph.D. from the University of California – Berkeley, serving as an instructor for subjects ranging from introductory chemistry to advanced statistical thermodynamics. His other hobbies include swimming, playing with his adorable cat and overclocking his computer. He also gets very cranky if he can’t do at least some recreational reading every day.
My goal is to arm students with both the strategy and the tactics necessary to calmly and competently navigate the exam. The overall strategy for test-taking success remains the same for all students as it exploits the uniformity of the exam. The tactics imparted to the student to solve individual problems, however, differ from one student to another. The first step is to identify the problem-solving skills with which the student is comfortable. Those skills are subsequently refined and alternate approaches are taught to augment the mental “toolbox” students can bring to bear when confronted with a new problem.