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Annie

I graduated from Victory Early College High School and Lone Star College North Harris with a high school diploma and an Associates of Arts Degree. Currently, I am attending the University of St. Thomas, majoring in Biochemistry. Previously, I have been a chemistry and algebra tutor for high school freshmen and sophomores, and I am currently an alumni mentor for biology freshmen at Victory Early College. Math and science are my favorite subjects to tutor and I use a variety of methods to help students. We work together to solve practice problems and create various other methods like concept maps, drawings, videos, or acronyms to help learning successful. I love to read novels in my spare time and watch Asian dramas.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of St. Thomas - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry

Read novels and watch Chinese and Korean dramas.

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

College Biology

College Chemistry

Elementary School Math

General Biology

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

Other

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

Students are expected to ask me questions of anything that they do not know or understand about. That is how I know where to start teaching from. I like to find ways to relate the teaching material to a real life situation or examples that the student can easily relate to or understand as well as going at a slow steady pace to where the student can catch up and learn.

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

I'd like to know what are the student's strengths and weaknesses in the subject area as well as how well the student learns through visual, hearing, and hands on learning method.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would allow the student to ask me questions of any concerns they may have, respond to it with an example to different types of questions or topic, then allow them to practice doing the problems on their own based on my given examples.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I normally would say encouraging words and provide feedbacks for improvements.

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

I would find different ways to help that student learn the concept or skill depending on how well the student copes with a particular learning method. Every person studies and learns things differently.

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

I would allow the students time to read over excerpts carefully and slowly, giving them some personal space. Most students who struggle with reading comprehension are students who feels pressured or nervous while reading because someone is hovering over them. Sometimes, they could be struggling because there is a word or two that they do not understand which can hinder their understanding of what they have just read.

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

Teaching at a slow and steady pace allows the student to think through and process the information that they are struggling with and allowing them to have lots of practice seems to help them out a lot.

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

I would come up with funny scenarios or exciting games and teach it in a way that would relate to the subject.

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

I would normally quiz them over what I went over with them the day of. Although, I would have to ask them if they are confident and assure that they know the subject well enough before I would quiz them that day.

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

I would allow them to have a lot of practice in that subject area. The more practice they have and the less mistakes they make, the higher their confidence will be in that subject area.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would observe or ask of the way they learn and which method they learn best from.

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

It just all depends on how the students learn. It would most likely be trial and error at first, but I would adjust the way I teach with that particular student after seeing which method works well with him/her.

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

Normally just pencil and papers if in person so the student can have my notes that I wrote with them as reference once I leave.