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Chibuzo

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I am an undergraduate student at the Johns Hopkins University, working towards a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I have been tutoring younger students, and my peers since high school. I like the feeling of being able to explain concepts that I have previously learned, be it math or reading, I'm your girl!

My favorite subjects to tutor are the math and science subjects and test prep(it's no wonder I chose engineering).

In my spare time, I like to work out and play sports. I'm also a huge bookworm, so if you hear of any good books, let me know! I play the piano and the alto and baritone saxophones; music has always been a large part of my life.

I would say that my style as a tutor is a bit laid back–I'm not one for hand-holding. I prefer to equip my students with the skills to approach problems logically and systematically. That being said, I try to make all exercises as fun and interesting as possible. I look forward to working with you.

Chibuzo’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Current Undergrad, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 32

Hobbies

reading, biking, volleyball, rugby, cooking, baking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Biology

Calculus

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Chemistry

College English

College Physics

Conversational Spanish

English

Geometry

Gifted

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

Homework Support

Honors Chemistry

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Languages

Linear Algebra

Math

Music Theory

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

Reading

Science

Scientific Programming

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I always promise to listen to my students to figure out why they don't understand a concept. I believe that all subjects can be fun and interesting if presented in the right light.

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

I would chat with them to break the ice and also to determine where exactly problem areas are. The first session would be more of an informational/assessment meeting so that I can cater subsequent sessions appropriately.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I have a slightly more laid back approach that enables students to come to important conclusions on their own. By asking leading questions and teaching the student to think critically, I believe that I will have given them the foundation to adequately solve problems on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It is important to show the student that they are making progress, though it might not be evident to them. By offering incentives in the form of more interesting lesson plans, I think I can make learning fun. I also think it is helpful to show how the information they are learning is applicable to real life.

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

It is important to be flexible and adaptable. If it means that I need to vary my approach to the subject area, so be it. I would need to get to the root of the problem to create a better approach.

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

Most people struggle with reading comprehension because their vocabulary just isn't up to par. I would emphasize learning new words as well as reading new material as much as possible. Reading is a skill that can be mastered with sufficient practice.

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

I believe that the most important skill when working with a new student is to be a good listener. Once I determine where the problem areas are, I create a plan with the student so that we can both track their progress.

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

I would create lesson plans and assignments that make the subject more applicable to their own lives. No one likes learning material that they find useless.

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

Depending on the subject, I would create a situation where they would need to use the material practically. I'm not a huge fan of recreating a harsh testing environment at home.

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

I would slowly introduce more and more material to the student; I would also make sure that they could see all the progress that they're making.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask them primarily what they think their needs are, then I would assess them on my own using materials I have prepared ahead of time. It is also very helpful to see what kind of grades they're getting on assignments from school.

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

If I ever feel that something isn't working, or the student tells me that something isn't working, then I would immediately change my methods and start with something new.

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

I use practice questions/assignments/tests that are comparable to the materials that the student might encounter in class or in an exam. Materials are very subject specific, so I would make sure to cater to the specific situation.