I am a UCLA Biochemistry graduate of the College of Honors. Most of my life took place in Southern California with my loving family. Although I moved around frequently (almost on a yearly basis), I never struggled with friends or academics. I want to believe that my good fortunate came with excellent teachers and mentors. It was not until I started tutoring and volunteering at local libraries and school did I realize that not many students had the fortune that I had. I hope that my academic knowledge as well as charismatic character can help spread some light on the common obstacles of high school math and science. I am ecstatic at the help I have provided so far and look forward to the new opportunities to help out in the future.
UCLA - Bachelors, Biochemistry
MCAT Physical Sciences: 12
MCAT Biological Sciences: 11
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the most important matter when it comes to teaching any subject is fluency in that subject. Before fluency can be achieved, we must work on accuracy and endurance.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
For the first session, it is very important to establish what the previous study habits are and what the new expectations will be for both the student and myself. Beyond this matter, I like to get to know my students in order to understand how to motivate them in achieving in a challenging subject. After that I like to run quick assessments on the student's basic knowledge of the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The most important aspect of becoming an independent learner is establishing a basic knowledge of the material so that the student is able to complete analysis of the questions without too much challenge of figuring out the concepts of the material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to help any student remain motivated, it is essential to understand what intrigues the student and then provide incentives catered to individual students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The usual "explanation, examples, give it a try and explain back" method works well with students that are having a hard time understanding the concept. However if that method doesn't work, it is best to find common analogies are relatable.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice with the right agenda makes perfection. If the student is struggling with reading comprehension, it is most likely that the material being read is too difficult, and we should go down a level or two and practice until we can move back up.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy that I have with students usually comes with proper preparation on my end. This means a good understanding of the material I am teaching as well as a well-prepared lesson plan. I love using the “I explain, we practice, you practice, and you explain” method.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would have them start up with easier problems so that they begin to feel confidence in their own knowledge, and slowly work up to the problems that were challenging for them. The goal is the make all problems as easy as the first one so that they are no longer aggravated at studying, rather excited with self-esteem.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I typically like to check for understanding by having the student explain back the concept to me, and then having them explain an applied problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I tend to enjoy doing a lot of easy problems filled with a few challenging problems so that the student does not lose momentum in their abilities, but is slowly exposed to the harder problems.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
When I hold the first session with the student, I will check their knowledge of the subject matter by making sure they have all of the basic knowledge needed to solve and understand the problems before tackling even the easiest problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on the flow and the momentum that is present during the session, I will adjust my pace, tone and posture with the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to prepare my own lesson plans with concepts, examples and challenging problems.