I am passionate about providing assistance to students and my experience in a classroom and home environment has demonstrated that I will find working with children extremely rewarding and that I would be well suited to being an excellent tutor. My studies to date have given me a firm grasp of my subject, Biology, as well as Chemistry, Physics, and Statistics, which are all part of my Bachelor’s of Science program at UCLA. I have an extensive understanding of core subjects including Mathematics, English and Science and feel that I would be able to convey these subjects to students in a creative, enjoyable and exciting way.
I have had over a year of experience as a Mentor for the Mentors for Academic and Peer Success program at UCLA where I worked with an afterschool class of about 20 students and assisted them with AP Coursework, SAT preparation, and college applications. Within this role, I worked with students one to one, supervised smaller groups within the classroom, and provided academic assistance to students outside of the classroom through email. Since September of 2015, I have also served as a private tutor for a high school student taking an AP Calculus course. For this student, I provide assistance with daily homework assignments, practice for upcoming examinations, and overall concept review for the AP Calculus exam.
These experiences have exposed me to the demands put on tutors both inside and outside of the study sessions. For example: the pressure of time management, dealing with parental concerns, and constructing a specific tutoring outline for every student. I believe that throughout my various experiences, I have developed the skills necessary to assist a student in achieving their maximum academic potential.
I am a confident person with good communication skills who is organized and punctual, qualities which I believe are essential in a great tutor. Further, I am very creative and enjoy sourcing materials that make learning interesting. Most importantly, my ability to work well with others, motivate, and inspire is a very significant contribution that I am certain I can bring to every tutoring session.
UCLA - Current Undergrad, Biology
ACT Math: 31
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the tutor's role is to guide: providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. The student's search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. For myself, tutoring provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as a tutor is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I will try to get to know the student and their learning style. I will ask about what they expect to accomplish during the sessions and what areas they want to concentrate on. I will then collaborate with the student in order to create a plan of action.