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Christian

Having a strong passion for learning, I always look forward to sharing and passing this knowledge to as many people as possible. I believe in nurturing strong fundamental skills, breaking down concepts to their purest form and avoid rote memorization. Teaching through examples and having the patience and understanding that each individual learns differently is a key method of my technique.

Outside of tutoring I have many broad interest and hobbies. I love exploring by going on hikes with my friends, camping and traveling abroad. I like running and staying in shape. I follow soccer, my favorite teams are Real Madrid and UNAM. I enjoy going to the movies often, watching TV, reading a good book and playing video games in my free time.

Undergraduate Degree:

 East Los Angeles College - Associates, Business Administration

AP Calculus AB: 4

AP Spanish Language: 5

Hiking, Outdoors, Technology, Computer Science

College Computer Science

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

French 1

High School Computer Science

High School Physics

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to take my time and breakdown concepts. Use many examples and relationships to draw parallels for problems.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Talk about the problems at hand and see where they are coming from. Figure what is being done right and what we need to do to improve the situation.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them examples to build their skills. Then take those skills to learn to tackle any problem and become efficient at finding solutions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Break down the skill or concept to its simplest root and build up. One step at a time. Find what is causing the issue and work through it to discover what is the mental block holding the student back.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Being relaxed and friendly. As soon as there is quietness or awkwardness, break that with a question or suggestion. Try to be open about your own ability; nobody knows anything to complete mastery. Letting them see a real person instead of an all-knowing figure helps them feel more comfortable in the beginning.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Have them explain it back to someone is a great way to find out whether someone understands something or not. Having them teach it to a peer is the best indicator that the material is well understood.