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Andrew

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Over the past ten years, I have worked with elementary to high school students in a variety of different subjects. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Broadcasting and Communication Arts from San Francisco State University in 2005 After I completed my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at San Jose State University in 2010, I taught students and adults in Seoul, South Korea. I taught conversation and ESL classes to those students. Traveling around the world made me realize what a wonderful place the Bay Area really is. After two years of teaching middle school Math and Science in Burlingame, I currently teach 6th grade Reading/Language Arts and Ancient Civilizations in San Bruno. My mission is to educate students to the best of my ability, while continuing to make curriculum engaging and understandable. I thrive to create connections for each individual student and believe in a positive teaching environment. In my free time, I love playing 18 holes of golf and hiking or cooking with my wonderful wife.

Andrew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: San Francisco State University - Bachelor in Arts, Broadcasting and Communication Arts

Graduate Degree: San Jose State University - Masters, Elementary Education

Hobbies

In my free time I love playing 18 holes of golf and hiking or cooking with my wonderful wife.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Geography

Comparative Literature

Competition Math

Earth Science

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Geography

Gifted

High School English

High School Geography

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Special Education

STAAR Prep

STAAR EOC Prep

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in high-quality education through positive reinforcement. I love working with students and allowing them to be themselves. I strive to help kids become well-rounded people that will be able to handle the real world.

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

Get to know each other and create a comfortable relationship that will allow the student to have fun and enjoy the learning process. Having a connection will then lead to becoming stronger at whichever subject we may be working on. I also like to have fun games or activities related to the subject matter that can help enhance the learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching them the skills they need to succeed in the real world of education. Study strategies, confidence, checking of their work, and being present and in the moment can allow a student to come into their own. Praising the student and giving them positive support can really build their confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Humor! I strongly advocate laughter and fun into lessons. It's my job to create a connection to the lesson for that student.

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

Show them an example of how to tackle that particular concept. Allow them a forum to make mistakes, but also learn from them.

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

By using visuals, slides, or interactive presentations to create interesting connections for that student.

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

Once again, creating a comfortable and motivating learning environment for that student. Everything else will then take care of itself.

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

By showing them the benefit of mastering that skill for the future. Then, they can see the purpose behind it.

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

Checking the work, going over it more than once, and finding a way to assess the student in a pressure free method.

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

By showing them that they can be successful in the subject. By giving them questions or assignments that are setting them up for success.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In a number of ways: interactive assessments, games, projects, verbal assessments, and other forms of checking up on a student. With all of the technology that is available to us, the sky's the limit.

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

By making sure that I understand where a student is coming from and that I have made that personal connection with the student. And most importantly, by asking them what they need and want.

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

Writing utensils, scratch paper, interactive materials, such as tablets, computers, etc. Sometimes creating posters or charts. Books, magazines, dictionaries, etc.