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McKell

I am currently going into my third year studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. I have experience working as a tutor throughout high school in all subjects but have a passion for math and science. Helping students find their "aha!" moment is what I love as well as getting them excited about the opportunities that will unfold from education. My key objective with any student is going from frustration to motivation.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California, Irvine - BS, Biomedical Engineering

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 25

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 1880

SAT Math: 710

SAT Writing: 540

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What is your teaching philosophy?

As a teacher, I believe the focus needs to be on the student. To be attentive towards their needs, their pace, and what their goals are is the only concern during a tutoring session.

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

In a first session with a student, I would make a plan of action. I'd find out what the student's and parent's goals are, get to know where the student is now and where they want to go, and take that first step during that session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think of myself as a tour guide, where I will show the student where the information is but not just spoon feed information. Sharing tips and study tools to help them feel confident when I'm not there is one of my main objectives.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keeping a positive attitude and giving positive feedback will help students stay motivated and mirror the same positive attitude and "I can do this" mentality.

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

Starting with simple core basic concepts and not moving on until they understand. Whether we need to try a different problem or a new approach, making sure the foundation is there before adding other non-related complex steps is important towards building confidence in a skill or concept.