For over 6 years, I have educated students on economics, physics and math that enabled them to achieve acceptance into London School of Economics, UC Berkley, USC, Cornell University, and Harvard University.
Trained by professors from top universities (Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and UCLA), I view tutoring as a way to give back to society. I'd love to share what I have learned, not only from academic endeavors, but also from professional experience with the students.
It is rewarding for me to be a tutor. I hope it will be the same for the students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Physics and Economics
Graduate Degree: Cornell University - Masters, Applied Physics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Care. Motivate. Then Teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Getting to know the student first. What interests him/her? Why this subject? How can the teacher relate to the student?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learn how to learn. It's more about the way to think about a problem than finding the right answers fast.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep the end goal in mind. Many times, the student will get there sooner than (s)he thinks.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Illustrate + Demonstrate. Show and tell.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Take apart the sentence. Get to the bottom of it fast.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It all depends on the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
There are many inter-disciplinary ways of thinking. Showing the students one way, and they can figure out the rest almost all of the time.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I show them how to grasp the material. The students then work on the material. They then teach me the material. Teaching others is the hardest of all. By then, they've got it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Slow but natural achievable progress. Baby steps.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask and observe.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, pen, and a computer with cool demonstrations.