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Bibhaw

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I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Biology.I am working towards my Masters at Georgetown University. I am a professionally trained tutor. I worked as a lead tutor at Northern Virginia Community College Tutoring Center for over 3 years. I have been a professional tutor for the last 5 years. Besides that I have also worked as a teaching assistant for various courses including University Physics, College Chemistry, College Biology and Precalculus.

Here are some of the services I offer to facilitate a better and effective tutoring: I take my time initially to learn a student's learning habits and quickly adapt to it. I use "Socratic Method" during tutoring where I teach student to think and at the same time be fully interactive during the tutoring session. The said method, I have have used on several of my students and so far it has proven to be very effective. I provide tutoring on demand even with a late notice. I like to make sure every tutoring demand is met, and met when a student really needs the most. I am very prompt to replying to emails and texts. I keep my students and parent fully informative of what to expect at a tutoring session.

I am passionate about what I do and I really enjoy tutoring students. With my diverse academic and professional background, I think I can cater to your tutoring needs.

Bibhaw’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Master of Science, Occupational and Environmental Helath

Hobbies

Watching movies, Fshing, Art, Music and Gardening


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a tutor I refrain from "teaching" as much as possible. First of all, I am not a teacher, and I am not very good at teaching. That being said, what I am very good at is tutoring students. When I tutor students, I stay away from lecturing. A teacher/professor has already tried to do that once, and it didn't work-- which is the reason why a student seeks a tutor's help. If I start to lecture too, then at that point, I believe I am not helping the student at all. Therefore, as a tutor I try to use the skills I have acquired over a long period of time to help reinforce the ideas a student has already learned in a classroom setting. That is what I intend to do, and that is what I do the best.

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

The first day of tutoring, I try to mostly make the student feel comfortable. I access where a student stands in terms their knowledge about the topic by asking some leading questions. I also try to access the student's learning habits so as to use the most effective way to tutor that particular student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Generally, when a student comes to seek help with a problem, it's usually not that particular problem she need helps with but rather the concept that the problem deals with. By using the "Socratic Method" of tutoring, I try to make the student think. I try to make them do all the work, while at the same time filling any void I think necessary. That way, when the student is done with the problem, she gets a sense of satisfaction, a positive reinforcement that would help her get in the path of being an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It is always a small positive reward such as "good job" or "well done" or "excellent" after they answer a leading question that keeps the student focused on the problem. One of the other things I like to do is get myself in the same level as the student and try to relate to them by saying something along the lines of "I understand this is a hard concept. I also had trouble with this when I took this class 7 years ago." I have found that it always motivates the student when they see that they have somebody to relate to.

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

I suggest students use some free online resources, which they can use to better understand some of the skills they struggle with. Learning is a process, and sometimes it needs more than a session or two of tutoring to perfect it. As a tutor, I believe we can only do so much. Sometimes we need students to be proactive and go an extra mile to learn a difficult concept.

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

I use the "Socratic Method" during tutoring, where I teach students to think and be fully interactive during the tutoring session. I have used this method on several of my students, and so far, it has proven to be very effective.

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

I like to work with worksheets after I am finished tutoring a concept or a chapter. The worksheet might be a questionnaire or, sometimes, even a fun activity that can help a student better understand the particular concept.