I have always tutored my siblings and my friends, but in 2012 I began tutoring professionally. My teaching style includes using lots of visual aids to make the concept easier to grasp and ensures that all my students understand the concept instead of memorizing the subject. My expertise lies in teaching math and biology. I am currently in my third-year of dental school and will graduate as a dentist in 2017. My undergraduate degree focused on human biology.
University of California-San Diego - BS, General Biology
Western University of Health Sciences - DMD, Doctor of Dental Medicine
DAT Quantitative Reasoning
DAT Reading Comprehension
High School Biology
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in understanding the material instead of memorizing it. Once a concept has been understood, it can be applied in so many different ways, and it will never be forgotten.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I will usually find out the student's learning and studying style so that I can adapt my teaching style to their needs.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To stay motivated, a student has to have a final goal in mind. I'll work with the student to figure out that goal and devise study plans to reach that goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Everybody learns a different way. What works for some may not work for others. When a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, it just means that the tutor has to find a way to teach the subject in a manner that falls in line with how the student learns.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Just knowing how the student learns and what works best to engage them is one of the most successful tools in teaching.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It is so frustrating when a student can't grasp a concept, but once they do, that frustration turns into excitement because now they want to know what they can achieve with their new-found comprehension of the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Visual aids are a great source of teaching. I like drawing out problems, or showing videos to explain a concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Students hate the subjects that they don't understand. Once they begin to understand it, it is the tutor's responsibility to expose them to problems that will test their understanding. Starting out with easy problems boosts the student's confidence and motivates them to try harder questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
A tutor can adapt their teaching style to their student's needs by exploring how the student learns and grasps material. This is easily done by just asking a student to explain a concept. The student will usually explain it in the manner that they learned it. That alone will show how the student learns.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I love using visual aids such as drawings or videos to explain the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by ensuring that the student understands the concept instead of merely memorizing information. In that way, the student feels comfortable to do studying on their own, and would not be overwhelmed if a tutor is not there to guide them through the subject.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students that are struggling with reading comprehension by allowing them to read a few sentences at a time, and then explaining out loud what they had just read. Using that method, I find that the students begin to develop a skill that makes it easier for them to understand the readings.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student's needs can be evaluated by either asking them what they're struggling with, or working with them and paying close attention to the areas that they are most weak in.