I received my Ph.D from the University of Delaware in Materials Science and received my Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania, also in Materials Science. In addition, I have a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. I have always loved learning and science, which is why I pursued the highest possible degree. I just want to pass my love on through tutoring. I have tutored grades 1 though 12 from reading and phonics all the way to calculus and chemistry. I have also worked on test prep and taken the SATs, SAT IIs and GREs.I have worked with children of all backgrounds and abilities, so am patient and understanding through any difficulties.
University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Materials Science & Engineering
University of Delaware - PHD, Materials Science & Engineering
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School English
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin Chinese 4
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is different, so I believe in patience and gentle guidance. I try to use the student's own curiosity and knowledge base to get through difficult problems.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to take the first 15 minutes to hear about the problem from the student's own mouth. I also try to learn about their interests to find ways to make the subject matter more appealing. Then as we first dive into the problem or issue area, I let the student show me how they normally approach the problem so that I can observe where any hang-ups may lay.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I use a three part method. First, I have the student read me the problem, and I work through most of it. This means that I lead/do 80% of the problem so they may understand what steps are required as I guide them through the remaining 20%. Second, I let the student work with me. I guide them and jump in as they work. Here I do about 40% of the work, as I remind them of the steps I had taken previously. Finally, I let the student do the work themselves, without my help until the end of the problem. Here the student has learned the steps of how, and also learned how to do the problem without me. After this, depending on the topic, I let the student come up with problems to stump me. This can show they truly understand the problem. I then walk through the steps again to solidify the steps through repetition.