I am currently enrolled in the University of Houston for Biomedical Engineering. I am going to do a minor in Chemistry, and I am following the pre-med track. I aspire to be a doctor one day, so I can further help people. I have had ample experience in tutoring people. I used to help my classmates before and after school in High School, and I volunteer to help tutor some people in my University. I am very passionate about my studies, and I know sometimes everybody needs a little help here and there. I am able to teach things in a new perspective and in a manner that would be most useful to my student. My strong suits are in the areas of Math, English, and Test Prep. By combining what I have been taught and what I have learnt, I will be able to help the students understand the materials one way or another. My tutoring policy is to never just give the answer to anyone. They have to understand how to get there and how to apply that idea to another problem. I believe in positive reinforcement and will never discourage the student, but I do believe in making sure they learn things correctly.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 30
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5th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make sure the student understands the material and is able to apply it when they're tested. Many students manage to get the concepts down while studying, but when they get to a quiz or exam, they freeze up. I will help them learn new information and retain that information with ease.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with my student, I will get to know what they're struggling with and ask them why they're struggling with it. Is it just a difficult concept for them, or do they not understand the way it's taught. After finding out what's preventing them from fully grasping the material, I will go about breaking it down and teaching it in different ways so they can understand it better.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Throughout college, I struggled to become an independent learner, so I know how it feels to be in their shoes. I will recommend study tips and offer motivation so the student is more inspired to go out and do it on their own. Once they realize they can do a few problems or that they mastered a few concepts on their own, they will be motivated to try it for other subjects as well.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's easy to get discouraged when learning something new. I would help a student stay motivated by showing them how far they've come. I will also praise them for getting to a certain point in the learning process. They should be encouraged to explore various approaches to the problem and gain experience in picking out the correct approach. So, I won't discourage them if they don't get it right away.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There are many different ways to explain a concept. If they don't understand something, then I can relate it to something they do understand. Also, many math problems can be reworded into a real life situation, and many science concepts can be seen in everyday life. I will point those out to them. Once you break something down enough and relate it to other things the student is comfortable with, anyone can learn anything.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
First, I would start small with basic concepts and ensure that they are comfortable with those, then I will introduce some harder concepts and help them use the knowledge they learned from the previous concepts to answer the harder concepts. Then, when they do it on their own, they will gain confidence that they can do it regardless of if they have someone there helping them or not.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In every subject, many concepts build upon one another. I can ask up to which concept they're comfortable with and work with them from there. Or, if I notice they keep missing a certain type of question, I will realize that they need more help in that area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I can help a student learn through visual representation, stories, or examples. Whichever the student seems to learn the best from, I will adapt my tutoring style to make sure they get the best out of that session.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For classes such as math and chemistry, the student usually has problems to work on, if not, then I have my old materials from classes, and I can always look up stuff for them to work on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is all about the details, once a student is exposed to noticing those details, after a certain amount of practice, they will be able to do it on their own.