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I graduated from San Diego State University with my Bachelor's of Science in Engineering. I have taught Middle School and High School for over eight years. I have a passion for teaching, and I believe that all students can learn. I strive to help my students to become life-long learners. I enjoy teaching Math the most and look forward to helping my students to achieve their goals.

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Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelor of Science, Engineering


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What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that all students can learn. The key is to find a student's learning style.

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

In my first session with a student, I go over what type of outcome the student is looking for. Do they just need more practice problems, a review of the concepts being taught, or do they want to totally ramp up their study skills in order to raise their current grade?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Taking into account the type of learner a student is, I show the student proven strategies for understanding and applying a lesson to their own world.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students are more motivated by a lesson if they can connect it to real life.

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

If a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept then it is time to use a different method to teach the lesson. Concepts in Algebra can be taught with Algebra tile, box diagrams, and equation balancing.

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

It is always important to make a connection with a student at the beginning. Get to know them as they get to know you, and earn their trust.

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

Students get excited and more engaged with a subject when they can connect it to their world; going to the movies, shopping, or playing video games give great opportunities for student connections.

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

To make sure a student understands a math concept, I give a practice problem and ask them to explain the steps they used to solve it. For other concepts, I would use flashcards.

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

The best confidence builder in math is to build upon what the student already knows.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The best way to evaluate a student's needs is to listen to them. Do they come prepared to the tutoring session? Are they organized with their materials? Do they have an assignment book? All can affect how the student performs.

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

I adapt my tutoring sessions to the student's needs by talking to the student and understanding where they are coming from. I am a mentor, a guide, and a cheerleader for all my students.

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

I like to be prepared for my tutoring sessions. I bring plenty of highlighters, color pencils, extra pens, and pencils. I write all my explanations on paper and leave that with the student at the end of the session.

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

If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I break down the assignment into smaller parts and use visuals to review the material in between.

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