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James

I just graduated from Golden West College with a degree in physics and I am working toward’s becoming an electrical engineer. I have been tutoring for 6 years. Math and physics are my favorite subjects to tutor because I enjoy finding the one true solution to a problem and helping students to understand new concepts.

I like to make math and science fun, given I myself was a struggling student. My main goal is to use my experiences to connect with my students and help them overcome any obstacle between them and their academic goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Golden West College - AA, Physics

Sports, science, outside activities

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that understanding the concept and reviewing what you just learned thoroughly will help you achieve the desired goal.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I'll help my student understand my teaching style and try to understand his/her studying habit or skill, and then we will work together to improve the student's ability to the maximum.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping a student understand the concept and asking the questions based on the concept helps a student become an independent learner. However, if no one reminds them about what they learned, students tend to forget easily. Therefore, I'll remind them to do the review, and next time we meet, I'll ask a few more questions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Math and science subjects tend to easily bore the students; therefore, I would show them some cool short tricks that they can use and demonstrate examples based on the concepts that they are going to learn or have learned.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'll encourage them not to get frustrated because there is a bad day for everybody. But, I will go step by step and explain the concept or skill slowly and use an easier way for the students to understand.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I tell my students to find the keywords and break them down to easily understand the reading.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Breaking down the barrier between the student and teacher by understanding the student's studying skills and habit. After I know my student's personality and studying skills, I can adjust the teaching style to allow them to bring out their full potential.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I know that some subjects are extremely hard for students. To help them get excited/engaged with a subject they are struggling with, I will first listen to their problems and the reason they are struggling. Sharing and having someone to listen to their feelings about their struggles helps them to relax. After that, I will show them the fun side and convince them that this is something that students have to go through. I will make sure to tell them that if this is hard for them, it must be hard for other students as well.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

By asking a question that is related to that material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

If a student performs and does well, I genuinely compliment the student's skill.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I keep on checking the question if they are with me while I am lecturing. I know that most of the students tend to say they understand even though they don't, so I tell them that it's ok to ask me a question if they have a question. I am there to help them, and it's okay to make a mistake because they are here to learn and no one is going to judge them.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I check with my students to make sure they are getting what they need every time. Often, I'll ask them what they want to improve on, and I adjust the lesson for the student.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Mostly, I use textbooks, and often I use materials from outside.