I graduated from UC Berkeley with B.A. In Landscape Architecture, and I currently tutor Chinese and Japanese. Outside of tutoring, I enjoy reading, gardening, drawing, meeting new people and crossing tasks off my to do list.
I derived my passion for tutoring student through my personal learning experience. I was once a student who instead of actively engaged in classroom activities, doodled on my textbook, and instead of working on my homework, choose to staring at the TV screen. My grade was below average and teachers weren’t enthusiastic on working with me. In short, I was a struggling student. When my family relocated, I was enrolled in a school more competitive than the one I attended previously, and the first set of subject exams came back with series of Fs and Ds. Eventually though, my score rose from bottom 10 to among the top 10, and this was ranked based on 60 students in my class. The secret behind my achievement was the constant encouragement I received from my family and school whose faith never waived by my grades.
This experience helped shape my tutoring philosophy:
1.Academic success can be achieved by anyone as long as you can put your energy and determination to win the challenge at hand, and keep on repeating it. When I tutor my students, either for passing a class, getting a high mark on an exam or simply for the sake of learning a language for fun, I put my faith in them.
The first time I taught Chinese to my English-speaking friends, I received puzzled looks over every word I said. They were confused by why so many words and vocabularies had same pronunciation, and they were struggling with four tones. Then I changed my strategy; I turned the lesson into a game. By the end of the session, I captured their interest and attention for the Chinese language.
2.Trust, encouragement and secure environment are the source of energy and determination. I believe it is important that the tutor builds a strong and trusting relationship with their student because that relationship is the foundation of learning and encouragement where student will feel safe to express themselves and grow.
One reason I believe why I easily taught my peers Chinese was because we had already built a strong friendship; this allowed them to voice out their confusion without hesitation and gave me immediate feedback when I changed my teaching strategies.
Are you interested in learning a new language with me?
I look forward to the opportunity of working with you.
University of California, Berkeley - Bachelors, B.A Landscape Architecture