I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine where I received a B.A in Psychology and Social Behavior and a minor in Social Ecology. I am very outgoing person that loves to learn and share my knowledge with others that are willing to learn as well. I was recently involved with a non-profit organization where I assisted in teaching classes to people of all ages and backgrounds. It was such a joy to work with and help individuals that truly desired to learn but needed the instruction to do so. When teaching I tend use visual, auditory, and hands on teaching, and can adjust to students learning preferences as needed. While I have an excellent background in psychology, I am also well versed in high school math and science. I would have to say that math and chemistry are my favorite subjects to tutor because I have always done well in these subjects and have been able to explain the steps it takes to solve the problems very well. When I have time off I like to go to the beach with my friends to surf and I also enjoy riding mountain bikes and hiking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Build rapport with student so they feel comfortable. Find strengths and weaknesses through conversation, and address the weaknesses through instruction and encouragement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First I would like to know the student a little. Ask him general questions about himself and school. I would try to identify their strong and weak points by asking them which subjects they enjoy or dislike in school, and whether they are having trouble in particular areas. From here, I would address the areas the student is having difficulty in through further instruction of the material. I would be as encouraging as possible in this process, because it can be extremely frustrating learning material that one has had trouble with in the past.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that there is a fine line between helping students with work and doing work for students. I think that if you want a student to become a more independent learner, you are going to have to encourage him to do all of his work with as little help from you as possible. If they are having a little difficulty I will try to make them figure it out the best they can, but if they get to a point where they just cannot figure something out, I can be there to give them further instruction and help.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If we come to a problem the student is having a lot of trouble and losing motivation, I would tell him that we can come back to the problem towards the end of our session. From there I would try to have him do a few similar problems that are a little easier so that he can figure them out and bust his confidence, possibly making him more motivated to face the problem he was having in the beginning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain it as clearly as possible. If the student continues to have difficulty on a problem, I would have him move on for a little and work on a few similar questions that he can do to boost his confidence, and to get him more comfortable with the knowledge and skills needed to face the main problem.