I attended UCLA for my bachelor's degree in sociology. When I entered UCLA, I originally wanted to be a math teacher. I enrolled in two classes under the CalTeach program where, for two quarters, I spent 1 day a week learning classroom teaching skills and then another day each week participating as a "mentor" in an actual school classroom (the first quarter was for mentoring in a 5th grade class and the second quarter was spent mentoring in a 7th grade algebra class). As mentors, our job was to roam the class after a lesson was taught and help students who had trouble with their classwork. At the end of each quarter, we were to teach a class lesson on our own, and this was a major factor in me deciding not to be a math teacher. While I do enjoy helping students, I am too shy to speak to a large group of people at once. This is why I decided to tutor.
While in high school, I tutored a middle school boy in math for a year. My preference in tutoring math is to have the students attempt their math problems, and if they have trouble I will guide them along. I find that math is usually easy to teach because there will usually be some technique or formula given in a chapter to be used for that chapter's homework. I also find that the easiest way to learn math is to do a lot of repetitive exercises because high school math is usually about following a specific set of steps that you become familiar with as you repeat them.
My personal goal with students is to have them learn and understand the material, but I also keep in mind that parents care mostly about good test scores. As a result, I would prefer students who care about their learning (or grades), as well as students who understand their math teacher's preferences.
I am shy but friendly. I usually spend my free time playing video games. My favorite genre for books and movies is romance. I also love cats and enjoy listening to pop/alternative music. I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I am rather stubborn.