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Robert

I attended the University of California, Merced (UCM). I received my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Cognitive Science over the course of three years instead of the traditional four. Currently, I am a UCLA Law Fellow in the process of applying to law school.
While in School, I tutored underprivileged students in the Merced area. 100% of my students' grades increased. I also served as a peer tutor on the UCM campus editing essays and speeches. I tutor people of all ages, Kindergarten through college in Essay writing, ISEE, English, Reading, Writing, Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Public Speaking and Sociology. My favorite subject to tutor is Sociology because that is my passion. Sociology is the study of society and its flaws. Learning about society's problems is part of the reason I want to become a lawyer, to fix where many problems arise; the laws.
My teaching philosophy is to identity why the students are having trouble and add to their fundamentals so they can eventually do well on their own. Being self-sufficient is the key to succeeding in school and in life. I teach concepts not just giving answers.
Outside of school, I love football, music and scary movies. The Ravens are my NFL team even though I am from Los Angeles. I am sure that if you are looking for a tutor, I am the man for the job! I am personable yet thorough and goal oriented. Happy tutoring!

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California, Merced - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology

Football, Music and Movies

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is centered around patience and tailored teaching. There isn't a one-size-fits-all way to teach subjects to students. I believe in taking my time and approaching a subject various ways to help the student understand the information in a way that works for them.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I will ask the student and the parents about a particular problem area for the student and what approaches, if any, have and haven't worked. I will then dive right into the material and gauge the best way for that particular student to understand the information.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them practice problems to work on while we are together. This will give them more confidence in their abilities. I will then give more practice problems to have done for me by the next time I tutor them, thus instilling a routine in them where they are comfortable with the material and confident in their own skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by continuously encouraging them. I will also work with the parents to encourage a reward system where they can have something they want after meeting different milestones in their curriculum. I will also continue to remind the students that this is an investment in themselves, which is the best investment there is.

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

I will approach that problem area using as many methods as I need to for the student to understand.

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

I go line by line and make sure the student understands that before going on. Many times it's the volume of information or a few difficult words that prevent a person from fully comprehending a subject. So by taking the information one small chunk at a time and looking up problematic words, the student will slowly begin to grasp the information.

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

One of my best strategies is to make the student understand that we are in this together. I make sure the student understands that I will take as long as they need to go over their problem areas until they feel comfortable with the information. I also make sure to have a solid relationship with the student and the parents. It really helps to go over difficult information with people you like. Therefore, I make it a point to get to know the student and parents to form a good rapport with both.

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

I would explain the importance of getting to know the material. Many times students aren't excited about a subject because it's difficult or they don't understand why they have to know it. I make sure to instill confidence that they can understand the material, and that they are learning this subject for a good reason and that it will ultimately help them in the future--constantly reminding them that it's all about investing in yourself!

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

I would do random tests to make sure that the student actually understands the material. Random tests make the student want to stay sharp on a particular subject, and also instills confidence in the student that no matter when or what material is thrown at them in a particular area, they can handle it on their own.

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

I build a student's confidence in a subject by making sure they understand the material. I also make sure they know that they understand the material. For example, I will give a random test to them once I feel they have a good grasp of the information and make sure they know they did well. One other key is to not give the student too much at one time. The best thing to do is set them up for success by giving them just as much as they can chew before moving on.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I score the student's work daily and make sure to tailor any subsequent teachings based on how students do. I also make sure to ask the students what, if anything, will help them to understand the material better so they have a better grasp of it.

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

I typically use a book with practice questions for the specific subject the student is struggling with, a pen/pencil, paper and laptop, if necessary, for essay writing and the like.

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

I am very patient, and communicate with the student and the parents to make sure that my methods are specifically tailored to the student's needs.