The motto that I have lived my life by is: Knowledge is limitless. There are always questions that need to be answered and without dedicated individuals striving to discover those answers, our society would never progress. That is why I enjoy being a tutor. I enjoy helping students unravel their potential and knowing that these individuals will be the future of our society. I graduated first in my class at Clear Springs High School and am now studying biochemistry at Rice University. I am where I am today because of the endless support I have received from others throughout my life. It is only fitting that I pay it forward and help other students just as I was helped. But in the end, there is more to this life than being able to solve the hardest math or science problem. Being well rounded is a key to success and as a teacher, I strive to foster that trait in all my students. I ensure that my lessons are thorough with content, and I never fail to keep in mind the true goal which is to help these students develop into the best people that they can be.
Rice University - BS, Biochemistry & Kinesiology
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite: 2250
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 740
11th Grade Writing
Anatomy & Physiology
AP Chinese Language and Culture
High School English
High School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in endless motivation. Through personal experience, I have noticed that everyone can learn and understand something, even if it might be harder for certain people. But with continued effort and adaptation, enlightenment will be achieved. That's why I will push my students to never give up; because I know they can succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would start with a few ice breakers so we could get to know each other. Developing a solid relationship makes our chances of succeeding in an academic area more likely. After we become familiar with each other, I would begin by finding out how much the student knows and the goals they hope to accomplish by the end of our time together. Once I know their goals, I would then make it my own goal to reach them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Constantly pushing them to do the best that they can do. I would remind them that, ultimately, everything they are learning is for them. They need to want to learn in order to succeed, and with that mindset, they will stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break it down into the core concepts that are necessary for understanding a concept. We would work on the basics and then slowly build up the details that make it harder. Then, once they get it, we would just constantly practice so we can master it together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The key to reading comprehension - as silly as it sounds - is to not overthink it. Many people believe that they need to dig deep in order to find the true meaning behind a text, and while that can be true, it often confuses students because they cloud their thoughts. If students can just focus on one thing that comes to mind when reading the text, they won't be as confused and comprehending the text will become easier.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Things that appear boring on paper can actually be exciting when I find a way to apply them to my life. If I can find a real world connection to them, they become more personal. They become easier to learn as well.