Aaron Golumbfskie

Senior Tutor & Education Director

Subjects

  • Academic Support
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Government
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Writing

Tests

  • ACT
  • AP Exams
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • MCAT
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT, HSPT & ISEE
  • Subject Tests

Locations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Aaron is the Education Director at PrepMatters and has logged more than 10,000 hours of one-on-one tutoring, helping teens change their self-images and achieve success, whether on standardized tests or in academic classes. He continues to tutor every day, but, realizing that individual efforts don’t scale very well, he hopes to serve even more students by spending much of his time creating pedagogical materials and leading the training and mentoring of new tutors at PrepMatters.

While studying for his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins, he began an undergraduate teaching assistant program within his department that still continues. 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. He spends most of his time outside the office with his wife, son and daughter. He also gets very cranky if he can’t do at least some recreational reading every day.

Philosophy

My goal is to arm students with both the strategy and the tactics necessary to calmly and competently navigate the exam they’re taking. 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 the next. 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.

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