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Hello, my name is Liam MacDonald. I am a second year student at the University of Canterbury, studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. I went to Cashmere High School and achieved very well, receiving excellence endorsement across all levels of NCEA. Additionally, I received a scholarship for high achievement in Maths and Science from Cashmere and NCEA scholarships in Calculus and Physics. During my last year of High School, I also completed a STAR mathematics course at UC, receiving an A+ grade, and receiving an AIMS scholarship.

When learning I like to focus on the underlying concepts through finding different ways to explain them, and learn how to derive things myself, particularly in maths and physics. I find that this helps me understand much better and as a bonus, lets me intuitively know what different formulas mean at a glance.

For my hobbies I do a lot of rock climbing, both indoors and outdoors. My biggest achievement so far in rock climbing is coming first in the South Island Secondary Schools climbing competition in 2017. Also, I coach a Flying Geckos training squad once per week. I am very patient and interested in helping each student achieve their best.

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