I recently graduated from UCLA in March 2015 with a Sociology B.A and I am currently in the process of applying to dental school. I took all of my pre-dental prerequisites (i.e. general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, math, etc) at UCLA and, although I majored in Sociology, I actually found my passion in the sciences.
Throughout my time at UCLA, I poured my heart and soul into my academics and I know from personal experience that there is almost no better feeling than making a breakthrough in a subject that had proven to be particularly challenging. One of my main focuses as your tutor will be to guide you toward learning strategies that you may have struggled with picking up before, so that you can make your own breakthroughs. My ultimate goal will be to provide you with a heavy "strategy arsenal" so that you can crush your homework problem sets and/or feel 100% ready for your upcoming exam.
I look forward to working with you!
UCLA - BA, Sociology
DAT Perceptual Ability: 20
DAT Quantitative Reasoning: 20
DAT Reading Comprehension: 22
DAT Perceptual Ability
DAT Quantitative Reasoning
DAT Reading Comprehension
DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is simple: question based learning. Instead of giving you an answer or doing the work for you, I will ask you calculated questions designed to guide you to the correct answer or strategy. Coming upon the correct strategy on your own will help you retain the information and master it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would get right down to business and see where the student is having trouble in a particular subject. From there, I would guide the student toward the strategies needed to succeed within the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My method for helping students become an independent learner is simple: walk them through example problems with detailed commentary on each strategy used and the mindset one should be in when attempting a certain problem. Once the student feels comfortable, I let him/her attempt the problem independently. If he/she gets stuck, I have the student apply what I have taught him/her to the simplest problem that I can find to dramatically highlight how the strategy works in the simplest of ways.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that I have infinite patience. To the best of my abilities, I will never quit on a student or any particular question he/she may have. I will help the student remain positive by explaining things in different ways until one strategy sticks.