Meet Amit, an experienced Law and Risk Management tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

Meet Amit. He’s a graduate of Cornell University and Notre Dame Law School. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at NYU and available for private and small group instruction.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

Teaching is an excellent way to share my perspectives with people that actually want to hear it. Simultaneously, it enables me to constantly perfect my own skillset by becoming more fluent.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

The surplus of lawyers in today’s market has incentivized many to forego a formal legal education in favor of MOOCS. I say unfortunate because formalized legal education under the tutelage of field experts remains an indispensable means of learning to think like a lawyer and of understanding the legal industry; without it, we see the quality of emerging lawyers suffer.

What is the biggest misconception about the subjects you tutor?

Students routinely believe that good test-taking skills are sufficient to excel on their exams. While helpful, this is not true. Neither test skills nor substantive knowledge are, by themselves, enough.

What is your favorite tip related to the subjects you tutor?

Seek out opportunities to discuss your thoughts with others, but only after you have digested them yourself. In law school and after, all too often students break out into study groups in the mistaken belief that it’s the only tried-and-tested means of learning. Instead, individual mastery is essential to laying a solid foundation.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

Critical thinking will remain just as essential (and valuable) as it is today. In most fields, the ability to merely recant and describe is not worth much. However, the ability to quickly process ideas and develop a thoughtful perspective will be valued. The success of social media is a testament to this proposition.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

In addition to advising students to follow their natural tested interests and talents, I like to emphasize that among two otherwise-compelling choices one should side with the option that provides more wide-ranging long-term options. This reflects our natural desire to learn more and keep trying different things throughout life.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

MasterStreet’s innovative philosophy to educating tomorrow’s minds is both noble and flexible. The expanding curricula continues to offer new possibilities to discuss my perspectives with others, while allowing me to constantly hone my own expertise.

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Learn Project Management with Helene, a MasterStreet Tutor

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of interviews with our growing network of MasterStreet Tutors. MasterStreet Tutors are available for in-person and live online private tutoring sessions in hundreds of skill and topic areas relevant to working professionals including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Google Analytics, Quickbooks, SQL, and many more. Best of all, our tutoring sessions are backed by the MasterStreet 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are interested in booking a one-on-one or small group tutoring session, please contact us at service@masterstreet.com or call toll-free at 1-866-212-1501.

Meet Helene, an experienced information technology and project management professional. With a Master’s of Science and an MBA, Helene has previous professional experience at major consumer products, healthcare, management consulting, and investment banking firms. She is available for Project Management and PMP tutoring.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

Having led multiple teams and programs in some of the largest global companies within the Healthcare, Management Consulting, Banking industries, I look forward to sharing my formal project management knowledge and hands-on experience with the world – one person at a time

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

Professionals in my field are constantly bombarded by too many project management tools that are at their disposable – it’s overwhelming and confusing. My approach is to keep things simple and effective.

What question do your students ask you most?

“How does one successfully manage and juggle multiple projects and resources at the same time?”

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the subjects you tutor?

Project management skills are transferable to many aspects of one’s personal life as well.

What is your favorite book, guide, or course materials in your field?

Project Management Body of Knowledge
Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

Professionals who understand the intersection between business and technology will be invaluable to their employers.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

Pursue opportunities that will allow you to learn as much as possible within the shortest amount of time.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

Working with MasterStreet excites me because the organization will connect me with enthusiastic professionals who want to learn more about project management.

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Meet Naomi, one of our experienced AutoCAD tutors

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Meet Naomi, she has a PhD in Architecture from Rensselaeler Polytechnic Institute. She was a lecturer and design tutor at School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (UK). She is an experienced tutor in AutoCAD and other graphics, design, 3D drawing, and fabrication tools.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
Teaching is in my blood. I come from a long line of teachers, including both of my parents. I enjoy helping people understand topics that I am passionate about.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?
The digitalization of the design process is the biggest issue facing professionals in the field of building design and construction. Embracing digital techniques as tools which can be used in every phase of the design process, from the initial sketch design phase to the construction phase, will help professionals creatively and economically.

What question do your students ask you most?
Students are often excited to learn how to create renders, animations and walkthroughs of their design for client/ academic presentations. To do this efficiently, a well organized 3D model is an important first step.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?
A 3D model, imported into Grasshopper-for-Rhino can use a variety of plug-ins to create advanced environmental performance calculations, including evaluations of building loads, climate based day-lighting analysis and thermal zone energy calculations. Master the AutoCAD Command Alias and you can dramatically reduce your drawing time.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?
The variety of work students produce, while using the same tools, is always a nice surprise. There is a misconception that the digital design process results in a lack of creativity. However, I find that when students truly understand these tools, there is no limit to their creativity.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?
To become truly fluent in digital design means being comfortable with moving between software programs. Think of these programs as your design toolbox and ask yourself which is the best tool for the task in hand.

What is your favorite online video or tutorial related to your work or tutoring?
My favorite website for novel tutorials is www.designreform.net
A great tutorial resource for Grasshopper-for-Rhino is www.grasshopper3d.com/page/tutorials-1

What is your favorite app or website that is related to your work?
My favorite digital design website and journal is AD (Architectural Design) www.architectural-design-magazine.com
Building Design + Construction is a favorite website of mine for advancements in the Building Design and Construction industries from both environmental and digital perspectives. www.bdcnetwork.com

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Understanding how to test your design in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency will be increasingly valuable skills for the building design and construction industry.

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Meet Mark, a MasterStreet data science and programming tutor

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Meet Mark, an experienced data scientist, software engineer, and MasterStreet tutor. Mark is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

I had been a software developer for many years, and people said that I would make a great teacher. So, I combined my engineering experience with my desire to help people. As a result, I found the perfect role.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

Professionals now have to master many different technologies for any given position. You have to be constantly learning to keep up with the pace of software, as development cycles become increasingly shorter and more “agile”.

What question do your students ask you most?

“Do you miss working at a company?” Sometimes I do because there is nothing like the real satisfaction of releasing a software product and knowing that people are using it. But software development is an intense and often solitary profession, so after many years, I decided that I preferred the great feeling that comes from helping people.

Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why?

Paul had a PhD in philosophy from Yale and did not know the first thing about programming. So, we started from the basics in Python, and he a natural affinity for figuring things out. I had never previously had an experience where a student knew where you were headed every step of the way. Everyone should be exposed to programming at some point. You may surprise yourself!

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?

Many people want to become a data scientist, and the skills required are proficiency in programming, machine learning, statistics, databases, and even probability. To achieve technical expertise in predictive analytics is challenging, but very rewarding.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?

Every student has a great story about how they got into programming. Everyone has that experience when something “clicks”, and that is what software development is all about. There is a always a new challenge and something new to learn.

Who would you most like to have dinner with in your field?

I would like to have dinner with Professor Andrew Ng of Stanford University. Not only is he a pioneer in the field of deep learning, but he is a co-founder of Coursera. His course in Machine Learning is one of the best, and he is a great teacher.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?

My favorite tip for learning programming and data science skills is to tackle a series of interesting projects so that you can incrementally build up your repertoire. Sometimes, the fundamentals can be boring, so you want to find a cool problem to solve.

What is your favorite book, guide, or course materials in your field?

For machine learning, my favorite book is The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction by Trevor Hastie, Jerome H. Friedman, and Robert Tibshirani. For programming, my favorite book is Python for Data Analysis by Wes McKinney.

What is your favorite app or website that is related to your work?

1. I use scikit-learn for machine learning — http://scikit-learn.org/
2. For data analysis, I like pandas — http://pandas.pydata.org/
3. To participate in data science competitions, go to Kaggle — http://www.kaggle.com/

What is your favorite online video or tutorial related to your work or tutoring?

I highly recommend the Coursera course: Functional Programming Principles in Scala by Martin Odersky. The reason is that you will learn concepts such as currying and tail recursion. To become a great programmer, you need to build this foundation first.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?

I see four skills as the most valuable: “big data” platforms such as Apache Spark and Hadoop; REST APIs and cloud endpoints; functional programming in languages such as Scala and Clojure; and front-end Web technologies such as AngularJS and D3.js.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

Get a solid grounding in the basics of software engineering and algorithm design. Interviews are becoming increasingly difficult, including take-home projects and online coding tests. Take as many courses as you can.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

MasterStreet has the best tutors in the business. It is a well-run organization devoted to matching professionals with tutors who really care. So, when I think about my next tutoring job, I am always excited about who the next client will be.

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Meet Debra, an experienced finance tutor

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Meet Debra. She is an experienced financial professional. She founded an independent securities research and capital markets consulting firm, specializing in small capitalization companies, and she frequently provides education and training to professionals and students in finance, economics, and accounting.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
After a number of years as an investment banker and securities analyst, I needed a change.  I considered a number of alternatives, but in the end it made the most sense to apply my knowledge and experience in finance as a teacher.

A professor acquaintance suggested tutoring as a means to get started.  I explored the world of tutoring just like most students who seek tutors  -   I searched the Internet.  After meeting just a few students, I found I had a knack for teaching.  I also discovered that I had a great deal more to offer students that I had expected.  My students were not only getting better grades, they were beginning to enjoy their classes.   I was hooked!

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?
Finance professionals are under a great deal of pressure to find and retain good positions.  Keeping up skill sets is as vital for those who are employed as for those who are between jobs.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?
For the more part I teach the application of established economics, finance and accounting principles.  The people who are very successful with these principles will not necessarily be the ones who can memorize them to get high exam scores.  The most successful will be the ones who understand how to apply those principles in the real world and more importantly can approach their jobs with tenacity and perseverance  -  two skills rarely mentioned in the classroom.

What is the biggest misconception about the skills you tutor?
Many people enter the finance field initially attracted to investment banking based on popular movies depicting flamboyant bankers leading lavish lifestyles.  They sometimes do not understand that much of it involves tedious details that require long hours to assemble and analyze.  I tell my students stories about all the extraordinary business people that I have met as an investment banker and analyst to demonstrate the hard work is worth the wonderful friendships.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Critical thinking skills have always been vital for professionals in the financial services industry.  However, as our economies and security markets have become more complex, the ability to see the big picture as well as scrutinize details are becoming even more important.

How are you currently using social media professionally?
Twitter is fun and informative.  Find me as The Tutor @HowFinanceWorks.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
Too many people dive into school programs without adequate research into the economics and lifestyles around their chosen profession.  Engage in a bit of cost-benefit analysis to determine if the target career will support the investment of time and capital required to get the degree.  Meet with experienced professionals in informational interviews to find out how they entered the profession and get their recommendations on the best way to land that first position.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I read something fun or informative every day and on the weekend you can find me running in one of Manhattan’s parks.

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New Horizons Northeast Partners with MasterStreet on Technology and Business Training Classes

Discover and register for New Horizons Northeast’s leading in-person and Online LIVE technology and business skills training classes on MasterStreet, including courses from Cisco, VMWare, Microsoft, CompTIA, and more.

NEW YORK, NY – June 2, 2014 – MasterStreet (https://masterstreet.com) and New Horizons Northeast (http://nhnortheast.com) are proud to announce a new partnership that will make New Horizons Northeast’s technology and business skills training classes available to professionals in the Northeast through MasterStreet’s free search engine and booking platform for technology, business, and design classes and training. New Horizons Northeast is also an experienced provider of private and on-site training, which can be requested through MasterStreet’s website.

For over 30 years, New Horizons has provided millions of students with industry-leading technical training that delivers the most relevant and intuitive computer courses and certifications. New Horizons has computer training centers conveniently located through the northeastern United States, one of the largest Guaranteed-to-Run course schedules, and a top 5% worldwide ranking for training quality and customer satisfaction. New Horizons is an official training partner for technology leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware. New Horizons is also Microsoft’s largest training provider, delivering more than 40% of all authorized Microsoft training worldwide, and the world’s largest Cisco-authorized training partner.

“Whether you’re a student looking to advance your career, start a new one, or a team-lead looking to make sense out of new technology, you’re virtually guaranteed to find a course at the right time, in the right location with us. New Horizons Northeast’s partnership with MasterStreet helps us introduce our highly rated classes and training to the next generation of IT professionals and teams within the Northeast region,” said Priya Gore, VP of Strategic Accounts and Partnerships of New Horizons Northeast.

“We are excited to partner with New Horizons Northeast, a leader in information technology training and skills-based education that shares our commitment to 100% client satisfaction,” said MasterStreet CEO Thomas Lehrman. “Their in-person and online LIVE classes are a convenient and proven way to achieve high ROI skill development. We look forward to introducing their classes and training to the thousands of IT and business professionals we serve at MasterStreet in the northeast region.”

About New Horizons Northeast

New Horizons Northeast (http://nhnortheast.com) is an industry recognized independent IT training company. Our innovative, award-winning learning methods have revolutionized the way students learn, retain and apply new knowledge. Our real-time, cloud-based lab solution allows students to access their labs anytime and anywhere. And we offer an extensive selection of vendor-authorized training and certifications for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware, ensuring that students are able to train on the latest products and technologies.

Special Note: The partnership outlined herein is specific to New Horizons Northeast and customers located in geographies aligned with New Horizons Northeast franchise territory.

Meet Ravi, an experienced Statistics, GMAT, and GRE tutor

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Meet Ravi, one of our experienced tutors who is available to help you master Statistics as well as the GMAT and GRE.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
Influenced by my parents, who were amateur musicians, I began playing percussion and piano at a young age. Then, I picked up an Indian percussion instrument called the Dhol during high school. When I started college, I realized that there were enough students who wanted to learn how to play the Dhol to warrant starting an organization. I co-founded a group that taught Dhol, created a structure for the students to learn, and through this experience, organically became a teacher.

What question do your students ask you most?
I often tutor students in statistics and data analysis. One common question comes in variations of the following: “What is the difference between MS Excel and SPSS?” At first glance, the two computer programs look similar in that they have a spreadsheet view, causing confusion about how to approach them and when to use each one.

Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why?
I recall a student, Ali, who was a college student studying film and needed to pass a mixed mathematics class as a requirement. Ali came to me with failing grades on his tests thus far in the class, and a history of underperformance in mathematics. He was nervous, and needed to pass this class for financial reasons. We came up with up with a plan, worked together twice a week, and he achieved an A on the remaining three tests and passed the class.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?
The most interesting fact is perhaps the Monty Hall problem, a classic problem in probability. The Monty Hall problem is modeled by a famous game show, where the contestant has to choose the winning door among three choices. Two of the doors have goats behind them, and one (the winning door) has a car. After making a selection, the game show host opens one of the other doors to reveal a goat. Now, there are two doors that are still closed, and the host asks the contestant whether he would like to switch his choice to the other. One may think that these two doors have an equal chance of having a car behind it, however this is not the case. The interesting fact here is that by switching, the contestant has a 66.6% chance of winning, while by NOT switching, the contestant only has a 33.3% chance of winning.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?
I am most fascinated by my students’ backgrounds and goals. I am always in awe of the diverse group of people I get to work with, and admire the persistence of those who seek out a tutor to develop some skill, gain knowledge, or achieve some goal.

What is the biggest misconception about the skills you tutor?
Since I tutor mathematics, the biggest misconception is likely widely known: many people find mathematics scary, or  difficult. However, I feel this is often a matter of whether fundamentals/prerequisites are ingrained in the student, or not.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?
Utilize YouTube for online lessons! Online videos are not a replacement for a one-on-one tutor. However, they can be great for reinforcement.

What is your favorite exam prep book, guide or materials for graduate level education (e.g. GMAT, GRE)?
GRE big book, and the “Humongous Book of…” series. Reason being, these are books which contain many practice problems. While instructional content seems abound on the web, I have found that quality practice problems online are often lacking, making these books more valuable.

What is your favorite app or website that is related to your work?
There are many great resources. I like Khan Academy because it is a very comprehensive resource for Mathematics and has a good quality standard. So, it’s easy to use as a go-to resource.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
I would advise any college student to participate in an internship. There is no better way to learn what it is you like than to actually do it and be in the mix with people that are doing it.

 

Meet Nosh, one of our experienced programming tutors

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Meet Nosh, an experienced MasterStreet Tutor available for programming help.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?

I always loved teaching.  I enjoy sharing knowledge with others. It is also a sense of duty to give back to someone what you have acquired from others: we all learn from someone.

What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?

Fast pace of technology changes and the lack of proper training to keep up with such changes.

What question do your students ask you most?

How to get to the bottom, without much regard of the path to the end.

Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why?

Brian, a Mercy College student who was majoring in Education. He was taking a summer course in Java Programming.  He was failing the course and managed to get an A- after tutoring.

He was a very dedicated young man with such a spirit and great joy to work with.  He is an excellent example of why I like teaching. I enjoy seeing someone succeed and knowing I had something to do with it.

Give us your most interesting fact about one or two of the skills you tutor?

I can quickly grasp what techniques work for different people.  Not everyone learns the same way.

I focus on practical applications. For instance, I managed to relate a Synchronization Process of data to a water pipeline.  Everyone understands water flowing down the pipe.

Who would you most like to have dinner with in your field?

Bill Gates

What is the biggest misconception about the skills you tutor?

That after the class you become an expert. Your work has only just begun! There is always more to learn!

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field? 

More clouds on the sky, you need more umbrellas.  Security is by far the biggest in the cloud computing age.

If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid.  There will always be someone better and someone worse then you no matter where you fit in the scale.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Music, sports.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?

The MasterStreet brand stands for skill mastery. I also appreciate the flexibility to help others in my spare time.

Meet Molly, Accounting Tutor

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Meet Molly, an experienced tutor and instructor in accounting, including CPA exam prep. Molly has experience serving professionals and university students, including those at Baruch College in New York City.

Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
A tutor/teacher makes a difference in the world by enabling each of my students to fully maximize their talents, imagination, skills and character. At the same time, I will learn from my students with unique personalities, experiences and ideas. I find teaching is very challenging and fun.

Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why? 
Joseph failed cost accounting courses twice and only had one chance to pass in order to declare accounting as his major. I identified his problems and taught him how to think critically and collect relevant information from a large amount of data. He followed my instructions and methods. He received an A-. I believe everyone has the potential to achieve higher goals if he/she is coached by an experienced teacher.

What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?
I enjoy the interpersonal interaction and continuous learning. Students always challenge me to think, dig deeper and learn more about the aspects of the subjects that I am tutoring.

What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?
Be patient and creative. Every problem has a solution if you are willing to take time and solve it in a creative way.

What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Listen carefully. Think independently and creatively. Communicate clearly and provide business solutions efficiently and effectively.
If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
Be courageous, flexible, innovative and add value to your team, firm and clients.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Reading, traveling, investing and exercise.

What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?
MasterStreet provides the best professional education for young professionals working in the leading financial institutions in NYC. I am very excited about working with excellent people and joining a winning team to provide high-value services for your clients.

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Meet Rich, Finance Tutor

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Meet Rich, an experienced finance professor and MasterStreet Tutor. He has experience tutoring financial professionals and business school students.

1 – Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
While in college I was often frustrated with the whole experience, I estimated that 75% of my instructors taught me very little; did little to inspire me and little to help me with my professional goals. But when I did get lucky enough to find a great instructor I was so happy because I could not only learn a subject with much less effort, but more importantly “I felt smarter” and had more passion for the class. I wanted to be “that great instructor”.

2 – Who is one of the most memorable students you’ve worked with and why? 
My most memorable student was John, an Executive MBA student, from Connecticut whom I tutored for five hours a week for six weeks to help him with his Managerial Finance course. John not only dreaded his Managerial Finance but also said that he was dreading all his future required finance courses. John ended up with an “A” and told me that I changed his mind about finance and that he would be looking for a job related to corporate finance (M&A) when he graduates.

3 – What fascinates you most about your tutoring work?
Many of my students dislike or stress out because they feel that they “just are not good at the subject” that I am tutoring them in. But after several tutoring sessions I can usually help that student discover that they have more aptitude and passion for the subject than they had realized.

4 – Who would you most like to have dinner with in your field?
Harry Markowitz, the father of modern portfolio theory. I would love to hear his personal stories of how financial theory evolved in the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

5 – What is the biggest misconception about the skills you tutor?
A good tutor doesn’t just show you how to solve a specific problem, he should also teach you how to think about the problem and how to effectively breakdown similar problems. Also, a good tutor should be able to provide a detailed explanation or the intuition behind a formula used in solving a problem.

6 – What is your favorite tip related to the skills you tutor?
When learning a new subject from a text book, before reading the chapter read the end of chapter summary first. Then read the chapter relatively quickly to get the big picture. Then go back and read (study) just one section of the chapter at a time. Then if the textbook has end of chapter problems, solve some of those problems related to the section of the text that you just read before you moving onto the following section in the chapter.

7 – What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
The need for quantitative finance and computer skills will just continue to grow as finance becomes ever more sophisticated in the next 3 years and beyond.

8 – If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
If you cannot get you dream job right away, then it is okay to take a job that is not ideal but has the potential for growth that you want. And make sure that you are constantly improving your skills. However, if you notice that after 12 months or so that very few people are getting promoted to higher level jobs then you better update your resume. Do not spend 3 or 4 years in a dead end job because your time always your most important asset in life.

9 – What do you like to do in your free time?
Cook with my girlfriend, workout at the gym and watch football or mixed martial arts competitions.

10 – What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?
Meeting and helping business professionals and aspiring business professionals achieve some of their career goals.

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