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Joshua

I graduated from the University of Houston where I majored in Human Food and Nutrition as a Bachelor. Math is my strongest subject and I have never had a problem with it, I always made As in math-related classes.

I am a Chinese speaker so I am able to tutor Chinese, too. Chinese is my mother language.

While I was a student tutor, I focused on students' basics (mainly on algebra). I believe no one can advance to next level if they don't have a good basic foundation.

There is another thing that is really important---feedback. As we learn and as we go, if we don't get feedback we will started to lose interest and motivation. That is why it is so important to let students know what they made on the test as soon as possible.

I believe my experience and concept of teaching will make a great fit for you and anyone who needs it. Give me a try and I will not let you down.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Houston - Bachelors, Nutrition

Piano Playing

Cantonese

Conversational Mandarin

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

What is your teaching philosophy?

If the basic aren't done, then going further is waste of time.

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

Introductions and answering questions that must be answered; as little new material as possible.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Knowing the importance for the adults; Grabbing interest for the children.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will go check his/her understanding of the basics before going any further.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I will read with him/her.

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

Being friends with them and getting to know them.

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

Continuously provide positive feedback and encouragement.

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

Every few minutes or upon encountering a problem involving the new stuff learned, I will provide a reminder or pop-question.

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

Practice makes perfect.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Checking their basic understanding before doing any advanced problems.

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

Knowing what they really need.

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

The materials I will use are the student's homework or questions they have; bringing my own materials is not what I usually will do.