I love science and math and I would love to create the same passion in my students. I graduated in Spring 2016 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. I will be starting my graduate studies Fall 2016 as a PhD student.
I tutored students in my family and my classmates in college. I have also periodically tutored college students in the past. I have taken a class specific to tutoring, how to tutor, and several different methods of tutoring. Every individual is different, and a tutoring method that works for one person may not necessarily work for another person. I love it when the students have the "light bulb effect" and their face lights up when the understand the topic. I like to have the student feel comfortable with me, curious, and wanting to ask question. I always try my best to not have any "student-teacher" barrier.
My ultimate goal in tutoring a student is making them independent, self-reliant, and confident that they can master any topic. I first spend a short while making the student feel comfortable and confident that they can learn the topic. Then I exactly find where the problem is. Is it just that recent topic or the problem lies somewhere deeper? Then I break the task into parts and give them a way to approach a problem. Sometimes even a "recipe" if possible. Then I solve the problem with the student interactively step by step. I constantly observe the student and see whether they are actually "getting it" or pretending to be. Then at the end, I give them a summary and check their confidence in the topic and assure that they do not have any worries and are confident that "they can ace."
UCLA - Bachelors, Mechanical Enigneering
UCLA - PhD, Mechanical Engineering
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that the students need to learn how to approach new topics, how to tackle them, and eventually become self-reliant in studying. Just as a college student would.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Make sure that they are comfortable enough to ask questions and find out where the root of the problem is. Is it only new topics or is it deeper than that?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Make them motivated enough to want to learn the topic, see the reasoning behind it and then actually learn. I believe that reading the textbook is usually sufficient. In addition, there are other free online help sources such as tutorials on YouTube that they can refer too.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A student needs to reasoning behind a new topic and the "cool" factor. As an engineer, I believe I can actually show them that.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Make more examples, try to find the root of the topic, visual demonstrations, and step-by-step procedure.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Take things slower and reduce distraction while trying to stay motivated. Motivation is the key.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
You have to make them motivated, excited, and not shy away from asking questions. If you don't feel like they are getting it, go back and check why.