I am currently a rising senior at USC studying Biological Sciences on a pre-med track. I have been a private tutor since high school, for the past 6 years. I have tutored students of all ages (pre-K to college level) and academic backgrounds. I have primarily tutored in the subjects of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, history as well as assisting students with writing and reading comprehension. I have also successfully helped students prepare for various standardized tests such as the SATs, ACT, AP Exams, CSTs, etc.
In addition to helping students via private tutoring, I have also been involved in a variety of different teaching opportunities that have helped me enhance my teaching strategies. For the past 2 years, I have worked as a tutor at USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services where I assist student-athletes by reviewing lecture materials with them, monitoring their academic progress as well as helping them devise study plans in order to keep them academically eligible to participate in NCAA programs. Furthermore, I have also been involved with USC's Joint Educational Project (JEP) program, where USC students visit nearby schools, which are often under-resourced, and help young students learn new material in a more exciting and hands-on manner. While in this program, I have worked in various classes and with different age groups. These experiences have helped me tremendously, particularly with finding new ways to engage with different types of students, as well as learning how to better coordinate teaching to a group of students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, Biological Sciences
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 31
ACT Math: 35
ACT Science: 30
SAT Composite: 1990
reading, playing golf, volunteering in my spare time, cooking
Anatomy & Physiology
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that there is no single best way to teach students. Each student is unique, and may require a different method to get engaged in the lesson and to comprehend the material. However, regardless of the student, I believe that a teacher must be flexible, patient, and, above all, compassionate about what he/she is doing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session, I like to get to know my students, learn about their study habits and strategies, and try to get a better understanding of why they may need tutoring. Afterwards, I proceed with helping them with the particular lessons or topics with which they may have issues.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them proper learning habits and strategies, encouraging them to continue their progress, and making them accountable for their successes and failures.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first try to analyze the cause of this issue (misunderstanding of topic, lack of focus and motivation, background knowledge deficits, etc.) and then adjust my strategy to help resolve this problem.