Colin Skinner

Colin S.

Albany, CA

About Colin S.

Colin teaches: Ages 12 and up
Teaching since: January 2014
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

Hello there! My name is Colin and I am a bioengineering major and undergraduate researcher at UC Berkeley. I absolutely love math and science, and I really enjoy teaching others. However, this has not always been the case. When I was in high school I thought I was simply not a "math person" and I really had only a passive interest in science.

When I decided I wanted to be an engineer, I knew that sooner or later I was going to have to face my archnemesis - math (cue dramatic sound effects). Although the challenge that lay before me seemed arduous and possibly futile, I boldly began by teaching myself at the elementary algebra level. I pored through various media until I found the concepts presented the way I needed to see them. Things were different for me this time, and math seemed to almost suddenly "click" for me. It was the way in which the information was presented that made all the difference in the world.

Now math, and also science, come fairly easy to me, and so I have been on both sides of the coin - I know what it is like to suck terribly at a subject, and I also know what it's like to fully grasp the same exact concepts that once seemed so out of reach. When I aid others in learning new material, I make it my primary goal to first identify the type of learner they are: verbal, spatial, logical etc. and then use that information to lead the student to their own understanding of the material.

As a tutor, I think I get just as much joy out of watching concepts "click" for students as they do because I am always reminded of how great of a feeling it was when I first experienced the satisfaction of truly understanding concepts I consider to be complex.

Photos and Videos

Being presented with a small gift after winning Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.

Education

Bioengineering with a concentration in pre-med
Aug 2015 - Present
University of California, Berkeley
Bioengineering
Jan 2013 - May 2015
San Diego Miramar College

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
May 2015
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
San Diego Mirmar College/Osher Foundation Scholarship
Apr 2014
Osher Foundation

Affiliations

Phi Theta Kappa
Mar 2014

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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Nydia Daleo Apr 14, 2016
· Algebra · In home My 3 daughters looked forward to Tutoring Nights with Colin!

I have 3 girls in High school (10th, 10th, and 9th) . they had been struggling in math since I can remember. I didn't think I could afford tutoring. They each had an 'F' in math.

I found Colin, and what a blessing! In just THREE short weeks Colin had my girls understanding HIS lessons, their CLASSROOM lessons and PASSING their exams! They brought their grades up too!

The best thing I can compare his tutoring to is: an adult teaching a kid to ride a bike...
He didn't expect them to just ride a bike. he took the proper steps and taught my girls about the bike parts, the way the bike functions, how they all work together, how to properly sit and pedal, and he even held them up until they understood it completely and eventually were able to ride the bike on their own.

Thank you Colin! for putting my girls back on track with math!
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Grace Mar 30, 2016
· Algebra 1 · Online He is very good at explaining and making math simple. He's helping me take algebra and geometry at the same time. My grades have defiantly improved! I really enjoy these lessons and help. I highly recommend him for a tutor.
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Ryan Mar 27, 2016
· Chemistry · Online Colin provided me with tutoring for chemistry, via FaceTime. Over the semester he was very flexible with my off-peak time schedules, and was EXTREMELY patient to my questions. Using Colin for tutoring helped my grades and provided an overall great value. Thanks Colin!
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Ryan Mar 27, 2016
· Chemistry · Online Colin provided me with tutoring for chemistry, via FaceTime. Over the semester he was very flexible with my off-peak time schedules, and was EXTREMELY patient to my questions. Using Colin for tutoring helped my grades and provided an overall great value. Thanks Colin!
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