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I have recently graduated with a Graduation Highest Honors award from University of California, Merced with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I hope to pursue my education in a healthcare-related field. Besides maintaining my academic excellence, I also worked in a research laboratory for one and a half years where I developed my passion for science and improved my interpersonal skills. Throughout my college years, I have enjoyed helping my peers in understanding study materials and approaching problems. As a result, I learned how to be engaging and supportive. Moreover, knowing that my contribution helps the others learn the material is very rewarding, and it motivates me to continue helping others.

Although I am a science major, I enjoy math as well. It may look daunting, but it is doable. Sometimes it takes time to break down the problems into simpler parts, but it feels great once the solution is acquired.

In my spare time, I enjoy being active; I like to play sports and exercise. I also enjoy practicing my guitar and piano skills.

I believe that students have the potential to accomplish amazing things. My task as a tutor is to patiently guide and engage them so that they can improve and stay in the right track. Meaningful practice makes perfect, and students’ engagement makes practice meaningful. I look forward to working with students and make their learning experience enjoyable.

Joseph’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Merced - Bachelors, Biological Sciences

Test Scores

SAT Math: 700


Sports and Music

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students have the potential to accomplish their goals. My job is to provide guidance and moral support so that they can improve and stay on the right track.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students need to develop their confidence in order to be independent learners. To be confident, they need to be familiar with the material. My task is to guide them in approaching study materials so that they can become confident.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students tend to lose motivation if they encounter difficult problems. By encouraging the students, working on the problems together, and praising them for doing a great job, I hope to keep them motivated.

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

Some concepts or materials can be hard to grasp, especially if it is the student's first encounter. To overcome this, I would listen to their difficulties and patiently work with them. If they still experience difficulty, I would try to find other ways of explaining the concepts.

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

To keep the students engaged with the problem they are struggling in, I would keep reminding them that I am here to help and encourage them in understanding the materials. I find that doing the problems together with the students helps them to stay motivated.

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

I will try to get to know my students in a typical first session. I will try to identify which sections they need help with, and I will guide them with their work.

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

Engaging the students is always the best way to get them to participate in the work. It also makes the tutoring session flow more efficiently.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To be sure that students understand the material, I would ask them to explain the concepts or steps to solve the specific problems.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Some students can get discouraged easily when encountering certain problem types. To establish their confidence, I will keep giving them moral support and encouragement as they approach such problems.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking the students is the direct approach to evaluate their needs. However, I can also obtain this information by assessing them as they work through several problems.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

To fulfill the students' needs, I will have to keep learning the material myself so I can maintain the mastery in a variety of subjects. As I identify their needs, I can focus more on those areas so they can get the most of their tutoring sessions.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I would use the students' class materials during a tutoring session. I also use prep books, if necessary.

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

To help the students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I would encourage them to take side notes as they read along the material. This will ensure that what they have read will not go away but be processed as they receive more information.