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Devin

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I am a recent graduate from University of California, Los Angeles. I received a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Engineering. One day, I plan on going back to graduate school for Environmental Health Science or Environmental Engineering. I've tutored high school students in Geometry and Algebra. I love working with kids. My favorite subjects to tutor are Algebra and Geometry because once the material clicks, the student's confidence automatically increases. However, I also love Environmental Science and Ecology. The environment is constantly changing and there is always something new to learn.

My teaching philosophy involves patience, flexibility and practice. I know some students will take a long time to truly understand a concept and I have the patience to continue to help them. Personally, I had to try so many different study techniques until I found the most efficient way to retain information. I think it's important to remain flexible when tutoring and be willing to try different methods until the student feels confident. Lastly, the best way to become proficient at a concept is to practice.

I love learning and I am passionate about education, but I also think it's important to be well rounded. I danced competitively for thirteen years and was on Pep Squad in high school. I also ran cross country and track. I still love to run and love adventure and exploring nature. At UCLA, I was very involved with the athletics program and worked with the NCAA Woman's Soccer team and the NCAA Woman's Rowing team. I was also involved in Greek life and student government at UCLA. I grew up in Orange County and I love to relax at the beach. I am a hard worker and willing to put in the effort needed to tutor a student.

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Devin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Univeristy of California, Los Angeles - Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1290

SAT Math: 730

Hobbies

Relaxing on the beach, running, and dance.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy & Physiology

Biology

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College Algebra

College Biology

Ecology

Environmental Science

Geometry

High School Biology

Math

Other

Physiology

Pre-Algebra

Science

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is patience, flexibility, and practice. It's important to be patient and flexible because every student learns differently. Practice is the key to independently understanding a concept.

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

I would introduce myself and make sure the student is comfortable. I would also make sure we are in a location conducive to learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them more practice and making sure he is a doing it correctly. Also, I will help the student develop the most productive study method. Personally, it took me years before I found the correct study method that would help me retain as much information as possible.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would motivate a student by giving positive feedback. I want my student to be confident while working with me.

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

If a student has a difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would remain patient and continue to explain that skill or concept in a different context. I think it's important not to be frustrated and remain calm.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I personally struggled with reading comprehension when I was younger. It takes time and practice. I would read excerpts with the student and break it down so they could pull out the important information and the questions appropriately.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I've found that it's most successful to ask what he/she learned in school today to understand what they are working on and how the teacher taught the information. Homework is a continuation of class time, and I want to make sure the student exceeds inside and outside the classroom.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would remain patient and calm if they are struggling in a subject. I would also try to set goals to motivate/engage the student in a subject they are struggling in. We would do a few problems together, and then take a break and focus on something else.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To be sure a student understands material, I would ask him to do some practice problems without my help and then evaluate if he understands it.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would provide positive reinforcement to help a student's confidence. However, the student also needs to see positive change to improve their confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate the student's needs by talking to the parents and student to understand their concerns. I would alter my tutoring techniques to meet their needs. I would also watch the student do some practice problems out loud to evaluate their thought process while working through problems.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I understand that every student learns differently. If I explain something and the student doesn't understand it, then I will try to explain it in a different context. Some students just need someone to sit next to them to motivate them to do their homework and focus on their problems, while other students need to be taught a concept that they don't understand. I would make sure the student receives the right tutoring for their needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Just like the student will have on their exams, I will have the same supplies. If their teacher allows calculators or computers on an exam, that's what I'll bring. If the teacher only allows a pen/pencil and paper, then that's what I'll tutor with. Depending on the subject, I may have more practice/textbooks to aid me.

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