I have long known my path: love and hard work. I played varsity sports, volunteered at a nursing home and food bank, and created clubs such as “Motions for Change,” that inspired children to find expression through dance. These activities were an outlet for my intrinsic desire to be a physical advocate of love and positive change. I tutored quite extensively, particularly as part of the National Honors Society. Throughout high school, I logged in hundreds of hours of tutoring on campus for Math, Spanish, Reading, and Writing. On top of this, I tutored within my community for three summers. I now am attending the University of California at Davis studying to become and Industrial Designer that creates sustainable products that facilitate life on Earth. I see the challenges I’ve been through as invaluable. They’ve made me a better person. In fact, I believe they are the very source of my determination and tenacity. I am committed to making this a better world through my interactions with people, my curiosity, my creativity, and most of all my gratitude for the opportunities that lay before me.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor in Arts, Design/Engineering
Art, Basketball, Track, Boxing, Design, Social Justice
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe it is essential to be patient and understanding of my student's struggles in order to help them to the best of my ability.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I briefly introduce myself to the student and get to know them. Then, I would allow the student to express their struggles with the subject and what they are looking for in a tutor and new skills. Afterwards, I will ask them if they have any homework or test materials that they have struggled with and go through each of those problems step by step in order to help them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When tutoring my student, I often go through problems they have struggled with step by step. Throughout these steps, I make sure to repeat parts they don't seem to understand and ask them to repeat the problems by themselves in order to assess their comprehension. I also like to have the students write down key notes and formulas during our tutoring session to aid in their independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to have a very positive and encouraging tone when I aid a student. This has always helped in keeping them motivated and reassured them of their progress throughout each session.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I go over the skill or learning concept step by step, stopping at each key point that they struggle with, and I often give mini-lessons on those key fundamental concepts in order to help them comprehend better.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I often break the reading down and illustrate the reading in art or graphical representations and assist them in creating alternative representations to help them comprehend their readings better. This is often advantageous with math word problems.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy I have had when starting to work with a student is to start by working step by step and helping the student master the fundamental concepts and skills necessary for mastering their work. This strategy is coupled with creating alternative graphic/art representations of their problems to aid in comprehension, interest, and motivation.