Why I Coach–Ryna F.
Ryna F., an expert Leland GRE coach, outlines why she chooses to coach and what it means to her.
By Ryna F.
March 8, 2023
“Oh my gosh! I have to show you this!” I cried as I got home from my eighth-grade class one day. I could not wait to show my younger sister what I had learned in math class. Yes, I know that’s not the coolest statement I’ve ever written, but the concept of the slope-intercept form of a line made me buzz with excitement. I felt like a secret had just been unlocked, and I felt compelled to share it.
This moment showed me that the pleasure I found doing math problems and logic puzzles could be amplified by teaching those skills to others. I took every opportunity to tutor that I could find becoming a 3rd-grade tutor while in high school, a peer biology tutor while at UPenn, a Kaplan SAT and ACT tutor when I graduated from college, and most recently a GRE tutor. I found that standardized tests are a longer version of the math and logic puzzles I loved where the key is figuring out the puzzle the test makers are trying to use to trick me. Importantly, the ability to solve the puzzles of these tests is a skill that can be learned. It doesn’t come naturally to anyone; the only way to do it is to spend enough time learning the test inside and out.
I know that having to take the GRE can feel like such a huge hurdle for so many people. But I coach because I don’t want this beatable test to be the thing that holds someone back from accomplishing their goals and pursuing their dreams.
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