I am currently a student at UCLA getting my degree in Chemistry. I transferred here from northern California, specifically the Bay Area, and that is where I spent most of my time growing up. I have been tutoring ever since I was in the 6th grade. My school needed tutors for kids in our grade and I wanted extra credit, so I gave it a shot and realized that I loved it. Since then, I have worked for a private reading clinic where I helped teach kids (and some adults) how to read which really renewed my passion for education. I have tutored mostly in math, science and some language arts, but tutoring in science is my favorite; although I enjoy tutoring students in math that don't like math because I understand where they are coming from. One thing I have found from tutoring so many different people with vastly different levels is that no one student learns the same. One of my skills is that I am good at approaching a problem in more than one way and from more than one angle so the student can understand what is going on. In my free time, I like making my own bath and body products, like soap and lotion, out of all natural ingredients. I find it combines my love of chemistry with my love of things that are good for you. I also love reading and I write a lot of short stories which are usually very science-fiction heavy. I have recently learned how to play the guitar, so that is something I have really started to enjoy doing when I have the time. I also love cooking and mixing flavors that don't really seem to go together and it usually comes out pretty tasty.
University of California-Los Angeles - BS, Chemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to give a bunch of different examples until I find something that the student seems to connect with.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what they feel they aren't comfortable with, ask them what they are comfortable with. I'd like to see some papers they have to see where they stand as well.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always ask them WHY they are doing something, or ask them what they think they should do next or maybe give them suggestions of where they can find answers if there isn't someone around to ask.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Tell them they are doing an excellent job, remind them of how far they've come. I think praise goes a long way.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to explain it to them in a bunch of different ways until something makes sense to them. Maybe give them a bunch of examples or do a lot of practice with them. If they are still not getting it- maybe just give it a rest and come back to it at another time.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Prompt them to make a movie in their mind while they read. I would have them read in smaller chunks and kind of go over what they read in between, taking time to really think about the details and how they relate to the gestalt.