I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology and Disabilities Studies. I have years of experience in tutoring elementary and middle school students and I am also comfortable tutoring high school and college students in anatomy and physiology. I enjoy teaching math and life sciences as it relates to the real world. I believe everyone can apply it to their lives and I believe that it is important for students to find purpose and meaning in their studies.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone has a different way of learning, and I want to help you find a way that is effective and easy for you to understand the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess how they learn best and come up with a plan to use that in our future lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I want to instill in the students a mindset that values knowledge and education because of its relevance to our lives and our future goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find ways to make them realize that they are capable of learning and doing well in school.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We approach the concept from a different angle that is easy for the student to grasp. For example, I would try visual learning or even showing or performing a live experiment.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would have them paraphrase what they read in their own words and increase their vocabulary in the process.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Just building a relationship and being comfortable and open so that they can ask questions and have the freedom to explore during the sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Struggling is okay. There is room for improvement, and they probably don't understand how the subject is relevant in their lives. Therefore, they find no interest in the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have them teach it to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Show them the progress of their knowledge in the subject and ensure them that they are learning even if it's a little bit at a time.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student has a different way that they understand the material. Some students learn by reading and some by listening or even experience. My goal is to find the best way for each student to learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a textbook and their homework as the material because that's what they are tested on at school. I use workbooks to supplement the learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I observe during the sessions to see what they lack and why they lack in that area by asking questions related to the subject.