I am currently a student at University of California, Irvine and am working towards a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Nanotechnology. I have been tutoring for four years, and have tutored a variety of subjects such as Physics, English, Mathematics, and occasionally Spanish. My favorite subject to tutor is Mathematics, as it is a subject I have always genuinely enjoyed and excelled at. In regard to my tutoring style, I am a very patient, methodical tutor, explaining each step, making sure that the student fully understands and can replicate these steps. Furthermore, after having studied and tutored these subjects for years, I have many tips that I can provide to help bolster students' understanding and efficiency at solving problems.
In my free time I can usually be found playing Rock Band, League of Legends, Legend of Zelda, or visiting Smogon University. However, my true love is definitely food. I visit new places each week and expand my food repertoire whenever possible, always on the lookout for new delicious, economical dining! Some of my current frequented restaurants are Cafe Rio, Red Robin, and California Fish Grill!
University of California-Irvine - BS, Mechanical Engineering
SAT Composite: 2200
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
Thoroughness. If a student ever is struggling to understand a concept, I ask that they let me know immediately so that we can address it. Many courses require building blocks of knowledge to solve the more difficult problems, so I want to ensure that all of those blocks are accounted for.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I introduce myself and let them know my teaching philosophy. I tell my students to never hesitate to ask questions and let me know immediately if they would like me to change my teaching style (faster, slower, pictures, examples, etc.). I discuss their previous work in the class and ask them about upcoming assignments and tests that we can prepare for. Then, we usually delve into homework problems or test question corrections/notes.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I focus on process rather than product; I do not care so much whether or not the student gets the "correct" answer for a certain problem, but rather, I would like to see that the student understands the steps and concepts behind achieving the correct answer. As long as that is fulfilled, finding the correct answer will be inevitable and all other problems of that variety will be solvable for the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One good way to stay motivated is to look up subject applications. It is easy for students to think "I'll never use this in my life," but in many cases that turns out to be incorrect. Subjects like math and English are used every day by most people in even the most mundane of ways such as going grocery shopping. By figuring out subject applications, it seems more useful, and students can see the value in the material as opposed to looking at it as just another process to memorize.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I perform a root cause analysis to determine where I need to reinforce with more knowledge. This usually is a building block that the student did not learn previously or perhaps just a formula that needs memorization (I teach mostly math), so I address the problem methodically until we reach the point where there is a knowledge gap. Once it is filled in, we do more examples to ensure that the student understands the methodology.