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Gil

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Music. Soon after, I attended graduate school at Loyola Marymount University, where I received my Master of Arts in Special Education. Since graduation, I have been working as a high school teacher in Los Angeles. I teach several math and science courses to a wide variety of learners. My classes are composed of both students with learning disabilities and those without, which has greatly developed my ability to be innovative and strategic as a teacher. I also tutor regularly at my school, working either one-on-one or with a small group of students.

I really enjoy tutoring and teaching math and science (particularly Biology) because of the satisfaction that students gain when they finally understand a concept or master a skill or procedure. I try my best to help my struggling students break their perception that they are simply “not good at math or science”. I firmly believe that each individual has a unique learning profile, consisting of specific strengths and areas of improvement. I work with the student to determine the best methods for me to teach and for them to learn. My goal is to help students become independent and motivated learners who strive to overcome academic challenges.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, rock climbing, listening to audiobooks, exploring new music, fiddling around with my guitar, and trying out tabletop games.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

 Loyola Marymount University - Masters, Special Education

I like playing basketball, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, watching horror movies, listening to K-Pop, rock climbing, playing tabletop games, and eating ice cream!

College Biology

High School Biology

Life Sciences

Other

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is centered around the idea that each person is a unique learner. Therefore, it is my responsibility to figure out how each student learns best, then adjust my teaching practice according to their strengths and areas of difficulty. I also believe that students learn best when learning is interactive. If I can find ways to help a student engage with the material, then the experience becomes much more beneficial for the student.

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

In a first session, I would like to get to know the student as a learner. This might involve a quick assessment on the content area(s) the student requested tutoring for. Also, I would ask the student about their interests and hobbies, as well as what activities in class they enjoy the most. This can give me ideas for teaching strategies that could be effective for the student. I would also ask the student if they have any questions for me. I think it is important that the student feels that I am a good fit to be their tutor.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Aside from teaching content and skills, I would demonstrate various study and practice strategies that the student can use on their own time. This way, the student can be productive and further their learning in between tutoring sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think an important part of motivation is being able to see your own progress. One way to track progress is by doing weekly or bi-weekly assessments. I believe that if a student is able to see how much they improve on a regular basis, then it can encourage to keep going and getting better.