I first started tutoring about 4 years ago, around the time I graduated from UC Irvine. I had realized that engineering wasn’t quite for me; so I began tutoring while I “figured it out”. I soon understood that what I began to love most about tutoring is that it continuously challenged me to strengthen my core understanding while also filling in the cracks of my foundation. I‘ve taught test prep groups ranging from 6 to 8 students, after school programs group tutoring programs, and one on one subject tutoring. Through gaining this experience, I began synthesizing my tutoring philosophy.
As a tutor, I realize how easy it can be to lose patience and give up the answers, but that only helps the student get through that problem, not the concept. As a tutor, I realize that there’s an infinite number of ways to solve a problem, but always guiding the student through the most efficient and natural route. At my best, I give my students the tools, and allow them to build.
University of California, Irvine - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
My favorite and most successful strategy I use with students is to guide them into finding their own mistakes. This way they can see how they made the mistake in the first place, and more importantly, make the discovery themselves!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to their life in some way. Sometimes concepts feel like theyニ_re further away from us then they actually are. We get scared and shut down. But when the concept is explained in a way thatニ_s relatable, things might not be as tough as we thought.