I graduated from UC Riverside in 2014 with a BS degree in Biology. I’ve tutored both formally and informally since 2012 and have had experience with students from a wide range of age and backgrounds. I primarily tutor students from 7th grade to the collegiate level in both Math and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.) and provide information in a way that makes those subjects more digestible for students.
I truly do enjoy teaching and I always want to improve as a tutor. I will try my best to create both a supportive and enjoyable environment for my students, and I know that my services will show the results that are expected from me.
UC Riverside - BS, Biology
SAT Math: 700
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that when we teach, we try our best to hand them everything they need to succeed. It is the teacher's job to make it engaging and understandable and the student's job to try earnestly to understand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I typically just get an outline of their course. That way, I can plan a study course so we can prioritize. Afterwards, I would like to get to know the student on a more personal level. I feel it is more important to develop a rapport with the student before jumping in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can teach them different study techniques that I feel are good, and if they find a technique that is feasible, then their learning experience will be both easier and more digestible. Once they find that a specific technique works, they will be more inclined to keep using that technique to study well.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to make the subject interesting. I make analogies and comparisons to everyday objects, which makes understanding the material easier. I feel that once a student understands the basics, they can build on those basics into the more difficult topics. Now when they finally go "Aha!" then they will enjoy the subject more and feel more confident in it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's all about patience. I would reiterate the concept in another way, and if they still don't understand, start from ground zero. Review the basics and then try again to build up from there. But, I would try to allow the student to work their way through problems because it's easy to see me do the problems and understand--buts it's significantly more difficult when they do it themselves.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to tell them to paraphrase or get the gist of the different passages. Simplify the readings because, in my experience, students typically get caught up in the details when the main idea needs to be found first. After finding the main idea, everything in the passage makes significantly more sense.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know their hobbies and tweaks. Getting to know them as a person makes tutoring sessions less stressful and promotes a healthy learning environment. After becoming close with a student, it's easy teaching them from there.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would simplify the material down to manageable pieces. Most students are struggling because they see this daunting monster of a subject where they only need to take everything in one piece at a time. Once they have come to terms with the fact that subjects are actually not too bad then they will be more willing to try in their respective classes.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I'm a big fan of cheat-sheets. After every chapter, just make a quick outline of the chapter so students can condense all of the material into a half-sheet. If done for every chapter, then studying for the midterm or final will be a lot less daunting because they would have everything they need to know on 6-7 half-sheets rather than 300 pages of material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would encourage them when they struggle and congratulate them when the succeed. It is important to keep the self-esteem of the student high, and I would try my absolute best to make them feel comfortable.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I first check their basics and see if there are any holes in their knowledge. I would then take a look at their schedule, syllabus, and curriculum and set my schedule around when I need to start working with them on specific parts.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to make it as convenient for them as possible. I understand that students have other responsibilities on top of tutoring. So I have a flexible schedule, and I am available most of the time through phone or email.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I usually request students to just simply be prepared for their subject. If they are being tutored in math, they should have a calculator, scratch paper, etc. If they need help in Chemistry, then they need their book, periodic tables, notes. I myself will bring my own materials and will supplement anything they are lacking in.