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I recently graduated with my B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. I'm looking to be an engineer and to help others achieve their goals! Outside of academics, I enjoy playing the piano, singing, and flying kites!

James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 780

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 790


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think that teaching should be active. A teacher should not just repeat something multiple times and go on. Instead, a teacher should ask a student what part they may not understand.

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

The first thing I would do is to introduce myself and get to know about the student. Next, I would try to understand what it is exactly he or she is struggling with, then I'd start with the basics to build up his or her confidence.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think a large part of this is generating their confidence in their academic ability. Also, instead of just attacking each specific question, emphasis should be placed on how to think about the question.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think that the easiest way to help a student be motivated is by making sure that they can see results. It's like being on a diet, when you don't see results, it's very disheartening. But if one's weight starts to drop, then they will feel better and be willing to work harder.

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

I think it's important to strip down the concept to its most fundamental form, then problems with understanding become more obvious. In other words, break down the concept to smaller pieces, then discover which of these smaller concepts is tripping up the student.

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

It's much easier for a student to be excited about a subject when they can see the real world applications. Another way is to take a step back, then come at the problem from a different angle in a way that they may not understand how it connects to the subject.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I ask them to circle or highlight what they consider to be keywords. Then I ask them to draw conclusions from those keywords.