- SSAT, HSPT & ISEE
- Bethesda, MD
- Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
Although he grew up near the beach in Los Angeles, California, Taro moved to the opposite side of the country to get his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. While there, he worked in a computational chemistry laboratory and conducted research on the conformational dynamics of integral membrane proteins. After graduating, he worked as a bioinformatician for the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the NIH where he used his computer skills to analyze the genomes of patients with rare diseases. In his spare time, he can be found reading, volunteering in mental health, and shouting at TV broadcasts of his favorite sports teams: the Lakers and Chargers.
My goal is to collaborate with students in developing their own individually tailored learning styles— and in doing so, introduce them to other problem-solving tactics that might be useful. Although standardized tests might vary greatly in length, content, and difficulty, there are certain skills in common that can be employed to improve scores no matter the subject matter. The keys to effective test preparation are thoughtfulness and consistency in spaced content review, timing, and practice. Through fostering these skills in my students, I help them to develop the confidence needed to make substantial score gains in even the areas they perceive to be their biggest weaknesses.