I thoroughly enjoy what I do, I love to help others especially in subjects that may not be easy to them. I like to make learning fun and different compared to other standard teaching. I like to help people learn without pressure and through a more relaxed thought process.
I grew up in California but I have traveled all over the country and abroad. I enjoy traveling, sports, outdoors, and new technology. I am currently in college and study Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Business.
I mainly tutor in math and I have tutored students of all ages in many different types of math. I like to help others learn and feel better about themselves when it comes to learning math or any subject that they may need help in or if the student just wants to learn more and get ahead. I like to play games and disguise the learning to take away the fear that many students have. I love to make people laugh and help them learn without the struggle. I like to relate all problems and equations to real life events and show the need for math and what the student will use it for later on in life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelor in Arts, Computer Information Systems
The outdoors, sports, building, computers/electronics.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to relate math to everyday tasks and real life problems and experiences to show the usefulness of mathematics in an easy and fun way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, we would find out what we think we know and what we need to know and find the easiest way to learn it in a fun environment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am a big supporter of giving examples and tricks to let the student work on their own in-between sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to teach any subject in a fun and exciting way; this is usually accomplished by putting things into a game or a visual example.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to bring the subject back to the most basic level (or level that the student understands the most) and try to work back up to the point where we need to be.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best approach is to put everything into a real life event so the student can see the purpose of the problem or the purpose of what they are doing.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to see if a student understands the material is to have them teach me, where I act as the student and they are the teacher. This eliminates fear and brings up questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is obtained by letting the student be interactive to show themselves that they understand the topic, and a student's confidence increases when they can teach others.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to let the student know that even I had issues with reading growing up to shrink some of the frustration. I then continue to help them with their skill and show them some tricks to improve their reading and speed.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to relate things to real life events and tasks so the student can see the use of learning the particular task.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I get to know the student and see what their short-term and long-term goals are to help them find a happy medium.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I am a very visual teacher, and if I am able to draw it, then I do because everything makes much more sense if it can be seen.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to see what method works the best for each individual student and then adapt my teaching to what works best.