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Monica

I am UCLA undergraduate student studying Mathematics with a focus on Finance. As you might have guessed, I tutor mathematics, ranging from arithmetic to calculus. My personal favorite is trigonometry, because of how it ties in with circles and bridges geometry with calculus. As I have excelled in math throughout my academic career, I have tutored classmates throughout the years. I enjoy helping people learn, because I think it is how we connect and evolve as people.

My belief is that all students have different capacities of learning as well as different approaches to achieve comprehension of study material. As a tutor, I find that I try to find and optimize a student's preferred approach to learning, as it is usually the one that helps a student learn the most in the fastest amount of time possible for them. Be it more practice, or more in-depth explanation of the material, I try several different methods of tutoring to see what clicks with each individual student, and then continue with what works. I believe that it is essential to communicate well with a student, and the only way to understand what they don't understand is by discussing with them what confuses them without any pressure or reproach. I also focus in on areas that students lack mastery of, particularly the basics (such as arithmetic), and add extra review on those subjects, even if it isn't required. I find creating a safe, learning environment with the student essential, especially so that reviewing things that a student feels "they should have known already" doesn't feel embarrassing or reprimanding.

When I'm not busy with school or work, I enjoy spending my time with friends watching TV/movies and cooking/eating good food. I am a big tennis fan, and follow most major Olympic sports.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California, Los Angeles - BS, Math/Applied Sciences

SAT Math: 780

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 750

Singing, music, art, storytelling, video games

What is your teaching philosophy?

Find where a student struggles and slowly work through that through practice and teaching to build up confidence in the academic material. Also, use positive reinforcement to encourage a student to try and work hard.