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Surina

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I am currently a senior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, pursuing a double Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Psychology. I have been tutoring for approximately eight years, and have worked with students ranging from third grade to college students. I began tutoring as a way to give back to the community, help students become interested in the world around them and grasp the knowledge just waiting at their fingertips. I have tutored a variety of subjects including Math, Reading, Writing, and Science classes, as well as standardized tests such as the SAT and assisted with college admission essays. I really enjoy tutoring Math, because it was one of the subjects I struggled with the most while going through Middle School and High School. It taught me how essential it is to have a strong foundation not just in Math, but in any and every subject. Having struggled in certain courses before, I understand how frustrated students might get if they are struggling to understand something that is not "sticking," and I try to make tutoring more interactive and fun to counteract that. Also, I focus on making sure students truly understand the concepts we are learning, rather than just memorizing facts in the moment. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing badminton, singing, and traveling to new cities around the World.

Surina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Psychology

Test Scores

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 770

Hobbies

Playing sports, hiking, reading, singing, traveling, and photography!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AIMS Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Arithmetic

Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

Science

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to interact with my students instead of just talking at them. When approaching any problem, I ask them to walk me through how they would answer the question. This allows me to understand their thought process so that I can offer as much pertinent and effective guidance as possible. I am a firm believer in learning through teaching, so sometimes I have my students pretend they are teaching me the material or helping me solve a problem. This ensures that they truly understand the material because you have to have complete knowledge of a subject in order to teach it to someone else.

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

I go through some general problems or practice tests in any given area in order to see where the student is struggling firsthand. I also ask the student what they have the most difficulty with, and what they think is the most effective teaching style. I like to go through schedules during the first session as well to establish a meeting time/day that is "set in stone" so that the student and I can both get used to a regular routine. More than anything though, I like to talk to the students so that they do not feel nervous or anxious about working with a new tutor. I want to make sure they know that I am here as a mentor, a tutor, and also someone they can trust and reach out to.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think the best way to help a student become an independent learner is to boost their self-confidence in whatever area they are struggling with. Once a student feels more comfortable with a certain topic, they are more likely to approach the problems and solve them alone rather than having a tutor or friend walk them through each step.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe in constant encouragement. When a student feels like there is someone appreciating their hard work and progress, they are more likely to stay motivated. I have seen this technique work, and most of my students continue to stay on top of their school work and work towards the goals they have made for themselves.

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

I would try to explain it in another way using a new example!