I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis with a major in Civil Engineering. I have since been employed full-time as a civil engineer to further develop my professional skills and advance my career. However, teaching and sharing knowledge has always been one of my passions and I believe the extra effort is worth it in the end. I have a wide range of tutoring experiences, ranging from elementary school math to undergraduate college level math. My strongest subjects are Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus. Algebra is a great entry level course to increase pure computation strength, while Geometry focuses on logic training and perception training. Lastly, Calculus is the pathway to the real math world; it's an important foundation to the application of mathematics in everyday life. I am a disciplined tutor whose teaching philosophy is to develop the students' interest in math, then provide them with concrete examples and notes, and help students gain a greater understanding by solving practice problems. A strong practice pattern is essential for a student to succeed in a math course.
In my free time, I am an avid moviegoer who occasionally enjoys a game of Chinese Chess; You will often see me in basketball courts as well. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and always have a positive outlook on life!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mandarin Chinese 1
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach with a passion, guide the students and develop their interest in the subject. Adapt to different students' learning styles and find the most effective way for them to learn!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Always be prepared to explain concepts and sample questions; have concrete examples to illustrate the subject at hand. Guide the student to think independently and logically.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Leave light homework/readings that may be helpful to their studies. Prepare questions that contain previous concepts/methods. Avoid "learn and forget," rather "learn and remember."
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Avoid a cut and dry session; always be passionate, have a positive attitude, and be patient. Walk along rather than walk ahead.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Attack the question from a different angle; be flexible and versatile in explaining concepts and methods. Everyone learns differently, and math is particularly hard to visualize. Use tools to help the student understand the topic such as figures, graphs, formulas, analogies, and real-life examples.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Increasing a student's vocabulary is essential for him or her to understand the passage. Develop their reading interest, and help them to think critically rather than to skim through. Help students to understand in small segments, and increase in capacity slowly.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Feedback, persistence, practice, and communication. Encourage students to ask questions, and understand that teaching/tutoring is not a "one-way" street; it requires constant communication, and the student's efforts are equally important.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Use real-life examples to engage students who have trouble visualizing concepts and theories; use different methods of teaching; put confidence in them, and encourage them to try and understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice exams, questions for students to solve independently, and test results from school.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start slowly and break down concepts into segments. Encourage students and never lose patience with them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, past exams, homework questions, and online material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through communication, I always talk to my students before the first session to understand their problems and their needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Be flexible, set priorities, and have a clear schedule and stick to it. Stay on-topic and be persistent.