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Christine

I went to University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in Applied Mathematics and minored in Math and Science Education. As part of my minor, I volunteered over a hundred hours in middle and high school math classes around the Bay Area. At this time, I was also working at UC Berkeley’s Student Learning Center as a writing tutor, where I guided a diverse set of students through the stages of essay writing. For the past decade, I’ve also privately tutored students in math, reading comprehension, writing, and SAT preparation. Though I’m passionate about all these subjects, math and SAT preparation continue to be my favorite subjects to tutor. It’s so intensely gratifying to watch students gain the tools to succeed, and learn how to break complex concepts down into their constituent parts.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California Berkeley - Bachelors, Applied Mathematics

SAT Verbal: 760

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10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Adult Literacy

Applied Mathematics

Business

Business Calculus

CAHSEE Mathematics

College Business

College English

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Conversational Spanish

Discrete Math

Elementary School Math

GED Math

GMAT Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Business

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

HSPT Quantitative Prep

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Other

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Verbal

Spelling Bee

SQL

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in helping students help themselves. My approach is maximum independence and responsibility for the student. I have seen the incredible results of the Socratic method, and put more emphasis on the whys rather than the procedures. And finally, I care about my students. I care about seeing them gain confidence in their abilities. I care about them exceling at their classes. And this care propels me to go the extra mile.

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

In a typical first session, I will ask the student about his/her class. The focus of this session is getting a feel for what areas the student struggles with, what kind of learner they are, and what their goals are for tutoring. I also use this first session to set a friendly tone, and get to know the student, to make him/her feel at ease.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The Socratic method. Instead of just giving the student answers (explaining "at" them and thus losing engagement), I ask them specific guiding questions that will help them find the answer themselves. Repeating this process enough times lets it sink in, sharpening the student's problem-solving skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

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How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would use my knowledge of their learning style to craft personalized problems. Or use their interests to find cool, real-world applications of what they're learning.

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

There are so many ways to assess a student's understanding of the material. One particular strategy that I'm fond of is role-reversal: I am the student and you are the teacher; can you take me through this problem and answer my questions?

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I always congratulate them on getting through tough concepts. Too often, tutors focus only on what the student doesn't know, and don't reward the student's achievements enough. Recognizing the student's triumphs, doling out words of encouraging, staying positive - all of these go far in building a student's confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Usually, I would assess their completion of different problems, and note which areas they were struggling with.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Depending on what the goals are for tutoring sessions, I use the student's textbook, past tests, assigned homework, test prep books, or the vast array of resources from the tutoring platform.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I first use inquiry-based learning strategies to identify areas that the student is struggling with, then focus on those areas with an empowering approach geared towards that student's learning style.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would first break it down into its constituent parts. Does the student have all the background knowledge needed to solve this problem? Is this a problem of motivation; can I rephrase the question in a more interesting way? How far does he/she get before getting stuck? Can we look through our resources (e.g. textbook) to locate a worked-out solution to a similar problem?