I am excited to tutor with Varsity Tutors in the San Francisco Bay area as I begin my credential program at SFSY. I have four years of experience in tutoring students of all ages in various subjects.
When I was an undergrad at UCLA, I volunteered in numerous student organizations. My biggest commitment is serving as a director in a program where at-risk youth visit UCLA once a week to receive much-needed homework help and explore the possibilities of attending college. Most tutees are between 2nd and 5th grade, though several junior high and high school students are in the program, too. Another population I worked with is English language learners. I visited an ELL classroom for one hour a week and helped students in essay writing, reading, math, and science. In addition, I worked as an SAT tutor in several charter schools across L.A.
As an aspiring educator, I am passionate about helping students become more engaged in learning and feel more confident in themselves. One tutoring strategy I use is the Socratic method, wherein students ask each other questions about what they know already and how they can arrive to the answer. This method worked well when I worked as a tutor for my high school's AVID program. At the end of a typical tutoring session, I hope that students can explain the concept or process what they learned. If they feel confident teaching me what they learned, then the session is successful. By reflecting on what they learned, students are more engaged.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelor in Arts, English & Russian Language and Literature
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 30
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student comes from a unique background and possesses unique strengths and needs. Educators should understand each student's needs and cater to their individual learning styles. Differences in learning styles, backgrounds, and goals aside, all students should feel more confident about their abilities and improve their work ethic.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first tutoring session, I plan to assess the student's strengths and needs. If they need help in writing, I read samples of their writing and determine whether they need help with organization, style, grammar, or any other aspect. In any subject, I want to understand what they know already and what they hope to accomplish.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A tutor guides students to the right answer rather than providing every answer. Students must know the procedures to find the correct answer. I show students how to work a similar problem, and then we work on the problem together. To make sure they understand the concept, I ask them to solve another problem using the same procedure. I often ask students questions like "what do you know already about this topic?" to get them thinking. I keep asking questions that make them think about the process rather than questions that directly lead to the answer.