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Oliver

I am a graduate of University of California Davis. I received a B.S. in Biological Sciences with emphasis in MCB. I am currently preparing to enter optometry school while teaching/tutoring part time. Last year, I was a full time science teacher at Arshag Dickranian Armenian school, and was responsible for throwing their science fair. Currently, I am a math/science teacher at Halstrom academy. I am available to tutor Geometry, Physical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Pre-Algebra, Middle School Math, and soon, many other classes!

I am a firm believer success and attitude are directly related to achievement. I consistently see students who do not believe in themselves enough or don't have the confidence to engage fully. It is my personal mission to change that. I am here to instill confidence, boost morale, and challenge students! Most difficult problems are made of smaller easy ones.

In my fee time, I love to surf. Additionally, I am an avid musician.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Biological Sciences with emphasis in MCB

I love surfing and I am also an avid musician

High School Chemistry

Life Sciences

Middle School Science

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

Every student is different. I work best by first observing those differences, then I can assess what changes I should make.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is rooted in the idea that everyone can learn given the right tools and attitude. Clarity and consistency are two valuable C's in my book.

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

I would try and assess their understanding of the subject matter by reviewing previous assignments. I would look for patterns in their mistakes, and also question why they are making these mistakes.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The only way I can help is by challenging their inner belief system. I slowly build confidence by assisting in their academic achievement.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like to turn problems into "games". Students need to feel motivated in order to learn, and half of that is making the subject material palatable.

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

I start from the most basic elements of the problem. The most difficult problems are always composed of little easy problems!

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

I take it slow and try to build connections with ideas. Oftentimes making a visual representation of the words can help (Venn diagrams, flow charts, etc.).