I have tutored for several years, and for the past two and a half years, I had been tutoring Math, Physics, and Chemistry. I also taught 3 areas of a lab section at the University of Arizona, which required me to teach lessons, prepare/grade quizzes and tests, and conduct laboratory experiments with my students. I am a great tutor not only because I am friendly and comfortable with new students and parents, but also because I teach students an approach of "problem-solving" that allows them to eventually excel without my help. I don't believe in "doing problems" for my students, so I encourage them to do the work themselves. If they get stuck, I ask them questions that will lead them to the answer, which requires students to actively think about how, why, or when to use a certain formula or technique.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Music, skateboarding, playing piano and guitar
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
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.