Ever since I was a student in high school, I have always been keen to help my fellow peers in their academic endeavors. In high school, I tutored most of my friends in Math and Chemistry to help them achieve better grades in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. I have adopted that similar mentality of helping students to my daily college life by helping my fellow peers in my respective classes. However, I've always wanted to gain a greater outreach to students and that is why I now tutor for Varsity Tutors!
My main goal as a tutor would be to make my students see tangible results and improvements in not only their grades, but their core understanding of the subjects they are struggling with. My teaching style focuses on a bottom-up approach, ensuring that a student will not only understand the problem at hand, but all the fundamental concepts needed to solve that problem.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy revolves around two core concepts - patience and commitment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask questions to test the student on his/her understanding of the concept, look for the holes the student has in his/her fundamental knowledge of the concept, and then proceed to fill those gaps.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being open to questions, funny, and approachable are successful tactics when initially working with a student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Teach them the subject well enough so that they become good at it. Everyone loves the things they're good at!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice, practice and some guidance in the middle.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student is struggling with concepts, I will slow down until we go at a reasonable pace. If the student grasps concepts quickly, then I will proceed quicker and cover wider, more interesting ideas. Basically, the student is the boss, and their needs dictate my actions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencils and papers. Whiteboards, if we want to be fancy.