I am currently a student at Pasadena City College, planning to transfer in 1-2 years. I am pursuing a science degree (I'm considering both Life Sciences and Physical Sciences).
I first began tutoring in spring 2014 and immediately fell in love with it; as a college student I myself study with friends/study partners quite frequently. Working with clients feels almost similar to these relaxed and enjoyable - yet highly productive and efficient - study sessions. I find joy in demonstrating to students that these tutoring sessions don't have to feel like tribulation; although I am their tutor, I am also a student just like them so I know how to study (and thus help them study) without burning out.
I've tutored students ranging from 3rd grade to high school seniors. For my younger students, I've mainly tutored math fundamentals, Earth Science, writing, and ISEE prep. In addition to tutoring, I've been teaching at an after-school program for exactly one year; this experience gave me the opportunity to teach a class of up to 10 elementary-school kids, developing my ability to attend to various students' needs simultaneously. As a teacher with a more active role, I arranged a curriculum with supplemental topics to complement material being taught to them in school, and as a 3rd-4th grade instructor, I organized many games and "art projects" to familiarize students with the learning material. This job has helped me practice putting together lesson plans based on common core requirements, rather than just using the student's own material. As a tutor, it's not always necessary to supplement the student's schoolwork with additional material, but if appropriate I feel very comfortable creating targeted lesson plans.
As for high school students I've mainly tutored Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, SAT math prep, Chemistry, and Statistics. I have much experience tutoring high schoolers; in fact the majority of my previous students have been at the high school level. Not being too much older than students of this age range, I find I can relate quite well and I can serve as a role model, exemplifying how well-educated/smart/happy they too can be in 5 years (at my age).
I generally prefer tutoring SAT math, Geometry, and Algebra 2; using mathematical reasoning to approach a challenge appeals to me because it's a skill that requires experience. I enjoy helping students reach the answer, emphasizing not the final solution, but instead the process used to find the solution. Being forced to think and solve critically is what expands students' minds and gives them experience mathematically, helping them figure out how to approach problems of all subjects in the future. These math courses incorporate a lot of critical thinking into each problem and that's where the fun is!
I believe that all students are entitled to the best education possible, which can be accomplished in a variety of ways. It could mean a weekly tutor to supplement learning, or extra time with a teacher. Regardless of how it is accomplished, a student's access to efficient, individualized education catered specifically to his/her needs can define his/her successes in life. It is my belief that students deserve individualized attention from a single educator who is monitoring that specific student's strengths and weaknesses. A student deserves the best possible shot at life!
In my free time I've recently started playing the piano, which also consequently got me into classical music. I sometimes take apart classical pieces on my computer and merge them with others, integrating various composers and styles; music has recently become a great hobby of mine.
Pasadena City College - Current Undergrad, Chemistry