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Z. Brady

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Subjects I teach

Mathematics up to 1st-year undergrad level
Competition mathematics (e.g. AMC10/12)
Physical/Inorganic chemistry up to 1st-year undergrad level
Biomaterials Science
Physics up to 1st year undergraduate
Materials Science and Engineering up to 1st-year undergrad level
Metallurgical Science up to 1st year-undergrad level
Mandarin/Chinese

Standardized Exams:
• AP Exams: Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics C: Mechanics, Biology, Music Theory
• SAT Subject Tests: Mathematics Level 1 and 2, Chemistry, Physics
• TOEFL
• ACT (Mathematics and Science sections)

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UCAS personal statement for students intending to pursue Materials Science and Engineering / Physics / Chemistry

My Experience

2018: Private tutor
• Tutored IB Mandarin

Summer 2017 & 2014: ESL Teaching assistant at an educational center in Wuhan, China
• Taught ESL lessons to classes of students aging from 10 to 17, helped with curriculum preparation, and graded assignments

2016-2017: AP Chemistry teaching assistant at St. David’s School
• Lead AP Chemistry review sessions 2~3 times per week a month before the AP Exam
• Compiled and organized materials for AP revision and the local exam of the US Chemistry Olympiad

2015-2017: Founder and President of St. David’s School Math Club & Affiliated Chapter of National Mu Alpha Theta
• Founded school chapter of the national Mu Alpha Theta society with a supervising teacher
• Organized weekly meetings and compiled competition materials; the math team competed in AMC12, NC State Math Contest, and Purple Comet! Math Meet

My Qualifications

2017-2021: MEng in Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
• Current grade average: high First-class Honors
• Dean’s List (Year 1)
• 2nd place at IOM3 Young Person’s Lecture Competition at London Materials Society (2018)

2014-2017: St. David’s School, Raleigh, NC, USA
• GPA: 3.94/4.00 (Unweighted); 4.39/5.00 (Weighted)
• 3-year grade average: 97.09/100
• Advanced Placement (AP): Calculus AB (5), Calculus BC (5), Statistics, Chemistry (5), Biology, Physics C: Mechanics (5), Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Music Theory (5), Psychology
• SAT Subject Tests: Mathematics Level 2 (800/800), Chemistry (800)
• St. David’s School Department of Mathematics Titus Gabriel Sfirlea Award (2017, awarded to only one graduating senior)
• St. David’s School Department of Sciences Michael Faraday Award (2017, awarded to only one graduating senior)
• College Board AP Scholar with Distinction (2016)
• National French Exam Medalist (Le Grand Concours National de Français Lauréat) (2016)
• US National JSHS Qualifier (2017)
• 3rd place at North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Competition (2017)
• American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) Qualifier (2016)
• Top 5% in AMC12 (2016)
• St. David’s School Outstanding Vocalist (2017)
• St. David’s School “Academic Excellence” Awards (2015-2017)

2013-2014: WHBC of Wuhan Foreign Languages School, Wuhan, China
• CIE IGCSEs: Additional Mathematics (A), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*), English as a Second Language (A*), etc.

My Approach to Private Tuition

From my diverse educational background, you can probably tell that I have had quite an experience with my academic and personal development. One unchanging theme, however, is my goal and achievement of academic excellence, and I’m here to share my secret. Whether you are struggling with a particular concept or vacillating between exam prep options, I can adapt my approach of tutoring accordingly. If you want top grades on standardized testing, then I’m here to help you tackle past paper problems, identify your weaknesses and analyze question trends (i.e. let me help you OUTSMART those exam boards ); or if you simply find one particular topic from school difficult to grasp, I’ll explain it from multiple perspectives and reinforce your understanding by doing relevant example questions. Having taken a variety of AP courses and studying Materials Science and Engineering, which is truly amazingly eclectic in nature, I can offer insights into all STEM subjects and show you how one seemingly obscure, stand-alone topic can be multidisciplinary in nature.

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Fun fact

I once performed in Carnegie Hall, NYC with Choral Society of Durham and Duke University Chapel Choir. Truly honored and definitely want to go back and perform again!