I graduated two years ago from the University of California Merced with a degree in Physics. After I graduated, I moved to China, where I served the local community, and taught English. Prior to teaching English in China, I tutored students during high school and college primarily in math and science. Now I am living back in California, and am looking forward to tutoring students. As I have a degree in physics, I am able to tutor a student in any physics or math coursework, as well as various topics within English and Literature.
I believe that it is important to empower students to own the learning process, especially in classes that are difficult for them. When students are able to take that ownership of their progress, the subject starts to become less intimidating. My joy as a tutor is helping students establish their confidence in order to see that happen.
When I'm not working in a classroom or tutoring I love to spend time in the local deaf community speaking American Sign Language. I also enjoy photography and working out regularly.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California Merced - Bachelor of Science, Physics
Swing Dancing, Reading/Writing, Photography
High School English
High School Physics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal as a teacher is to create a learning environment that motivates the student to want to learn. That often looks like spending time to understand each student individually and tailoring the lessons around what will inspire them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I spend time introducing myself and getting to know the student and their academic needs. (What do they love to do? What do they struggle with?) Then, I walk through any current or past material the student has from the subject at hand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important in teaching to not become a crutch for the student. For that reason, I introduce learning strategies and study skills during each lesson in order to teach the student how to learn independently.