I have extensive experience tutoring students in elementary, middle school, high school (including foreign refugees in ESL Programs) and college students.
For 2 years in high school and 2 and half years in college, I regularly tutored elementary & middle school students (Grade 1 - 8) with all subjects, especially reading, writing, and math.
Because of my fluency in Mandarin Chinese, I've also tutored high school students and college students with their Chinese speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. I've also occasionally tutored high school freshmen subjects such as pre-algebra, algebra I, social studies, and English summer reading, etc.
I have always had an ability to connect with students on a individual level and empower them with confidence. I have worked with students,who cringe at the idea of taking a timed tests, and helped them discover that it is not their lack of knowledge and ability that terrify them and cause them to under-perform; but it's a deeper issue, or other areas of their lives (peer pressure, bullied at school, unattainable expectation from parents, etc.) that are causing them to waver in front of a task that they are otherwise very capable of conquering. My philosophy of tutoring is to always get to know the person first before diving into the subjects of tutoring. I believe that tutoring is an art and not a science. A tutor's ability to convey knowledge using the appropriate method and at the adequate amount and speed is just as important if not more important than his/her knowledge base about the particular subjects. Therefore, I've always had a keen eye for detecting the engagement level and enthusiasm of a student. When I notice that a student is losing interest or attention, I pause and convert to conversations topics of the student's interests and have found it to work especially well for young grade school children.
Overall, I have built some of my best relationships with the students whom I tutored and their families. Tutoring has been an extremely rewarding experience for me and has given me so many opportunities to impact the lives of others.
Baylor University - BBA, Baylor Business Fellows & Sports Sponsorship Sales & Finance
SAT Composite: 2250
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 750
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Elementary School Math
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin Chinese 4
SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of tutoring is to always get to know the person first before diving into the subjects of tutoring. I believe that tutoring is an art and not a science. A tutor's ability to convey knowledge using the appropriate method and at the adequate amount and speed is just as important (if not more important) than his/her knowledge base about the particular subjects.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would sit down with the students and have a carefully orchestrated Q&A session, in which I find out about their learning styles, favorite subjects both in and out of school, and their greatest fears and areas of life where they feel the greatest amount of stress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I'd like to use a metaphor in "giving someone a fish or teaching them HOW TO fish." In order for a student to become an independent learner, I want to give them the HOW-TO guide (i.e. how to study for a test, how to prioritize your to-do list, etc.) and make sure that they don't just get a "fish" but actually learn "how to fish."
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By consistently injecting confidence in them. Confidence is something that aggregates over time and a direct result of demonstrated performance. A student will be much more motivated and stay motivated if they know that they are doing a good job and have conquered something of major importance. Therefore, a tutor needs to consistently empower a student to know that they are succeeding, no matter how easy the problem or how small the task is.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go back to the basics and start with an easier concept that eventually leads to the concept that the student is struggling with. Also, I would use many examples to demonstrate the concept at work and let the students work the problems repeatedly. In my experiences, almost all students learn better from "doing" a problem involving a concept than "learning" or just "seeing" a concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student struggles with reading comprehension, it's usually because of one out of two reasons: 1) lack of vocabulary 2) confusing sentence structures. I will work with the students to find out which area they are struggling in and attack accordingly.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know the individual on a personal basis. I want the student/tutor relationship to be a friendship and not a discipleship. When you know the person and their studying habits and interests outside of school, you are much more likely to be able to connect with them and command their attention and respect when tutoring them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Start small and build big. Start with the smallest or easiest concepts and track their progress. When a student sees that they are making progress consistently, they will be motivated and have the courage to take on bigger and more difficult concepts in that subject. All in all, it always comes down to confidence and self-belief.