## Jake

Certified Tutor

Jake’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering

### Hobbies

Music, skateboarding, playing piano and guitar

### Tutoring Subjects

Biomedical Engineering

College Chemistry

College Physics

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Mechanical Engineering

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy involves helping students learn through practice and problem solving. Without placing pressure on students, I start by asking "Do you know how to start this problem?" From there, I point the student in the right direct, and let the student try to work through the problem to the best of his or her ability. Little by little, students do more and more of each problem until they can do the problems with no assistance.

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

After meeting the student, I ask how the student feels about the subject. Whether the student is completely confused, or just needs help on a particular item, I proceed by assuring the student that we can move at a pace she or he is comfortable with, so we can be sure she or he understands the material. After that, we jump into an example problem. I keep in constant communication with my students, to assure they understand everything we are going through.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By letting students do as much work as possible without any aid, students become more comfortable working through problems by themselves. With my teaching style, I simply point them in the right direction, and ask questions. This forces the student to break down and analyze the problem, skills that the student will develop more and more as our sessions continue.