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Alex

I'm a second year student now studying nursing and medicine at SBCC, and I've spent the last two years at UCI studying business and computer science. I'm really patient and I definitely know how to take the edge off of stressful school work, as I've spent a majority of my time studying for an endless amount of midterms, finals, standardized tests, and thesis essays. My knowledge of the current educational system, specifically primary education, is vast, and I can help you with anything from passing the CAHSEE to basic grammar rules to SAT subject tests, and even college application essays.

In my spare time, I love being at the beach, hiking, swimming, trying new and different foods, and going to concerts. I also am an avid reader, and love to play word games like scrabble.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-Irvine - Current Undergrad, Business Economics

SAT Composite: 2120

SAT Math: 700

SAT Writing: 730

Swimming, water polo, beach, hiking, reading, Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, concerts.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Real learning occurs when the student comes to conclusions on their own, so in order to teach effectively, the teacher must ask questions that allow students to organically learn by coming to their own, correct conclusions.

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

Introduce myself, get to know the student so I can figure out how to best tutor them and help them learn, and keep things relatively light so that I don't overwhelm them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching the importance of reading course material and actively breaking information down. Once a student figures out that all learning stems from themselves, they begin to understand how to study.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By keeping relevant yet intriguing information prevalent in their course of study, so that they cannot lose interest.

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

Slow things down and go back to the basic building blocks of whatever concept or skill they need help with, and reinforce those basic skills.

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

After every paragraph or even sentence, I have them write down a short synopsis (in their own words) of what they just read and what it means.