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Gelareh

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Since my childhood, I have been passionate about learning. I studied everything that even remotely interested me. After my older sister started school, I would wait for her to return home and then make her teach me whatever she had learned that day. Because of that, by the time I began school I was already years ahead. My love of learning followed me through my life, and I always kept ahead of my schoolwork. While living in Iran, I served as a teacher's assistant in my mother's Institute of English as a Foreign Language, and I privately tutored a wide range of students of all ages, primarily in high school science. I finished high school in Iran and scored among the top students in the university entrance exams but was unable to complete my higher education in my home country. Therefore, I moved to the United States with my family to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.

I attended Community College of Baltimore County from 2012 to 2015, where I acquired my Associates degree. I started my undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall of 2015. I am working towards my bachelor's degree in addition to finishing the requirement of medical school.

While working towards my degrees, I also tutored high school and college students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses. I love tutoring math because though it may seem challenging, the joy of solving a problem never gets old. When I tutor students, I usually spend a few sessions getting to know the students I am working with, and getting a feel for their personal styles of learning, as well as their limitations. Then I set up the rest of our tutoring sessions based on their needs and weaknesses.

Outside the world of education, I love to spend time on good movies, books, food, and friends. I love spending time learning from my friends and the environment around me. Even when I am not in school, I try to challenge myself with work, learning new skills or things I've always wanted to try. I also recently adopted a kitten, and am enjoying the responsibility of owning a pet while simultaneously studying and working full time!

Gelareh’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The Community College of Baltimore County - Current Undergrad, Biological Sciences

Hobbies

Film, spending time with friends.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

College Physics

High School Biology

Homework Support

Math

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I work with the students based on their previous knowledge on the areas of studies and try to help and guide them with their pace.

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

Acquaint myself with the students' abilities and background on the subject and go over some basic methods and rules. Also, adjust any portion of the lesson plan based on the students' individual needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them better ways of learning. As a student, I have tried multiple methods of studying. I think working them out with individual students helps them find their best learning style.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making studying fun and showing them the bright future.

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

Break it down to small pieces and make sure that they learn the pieces first. Also, try different methods of teaching to see which one works best.

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

Encouraging them to learn a new word everyday, using flashcards or fun games (even some apps on their cellphones), and introducing interesting books to them to read and make a small quiz based on them.

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

Taking it slow at first and making sure to understand the student's individual weaknesses and abilities and make a lesson plan based on them.

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

Again, making the learning process fun or competitive, and maybe little bonuses for getting homework done.

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

Asking the students to work independently on a question in class time and check the results, and asking them to explain the concept to me.

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

Giving several quizzes after making sure of their proficiency on the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask them questions and ask them to tell me their issues on the subjects.

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

I am a very flexible tutor, and I know individual differences exist. I have several methods of teaching, and I am sure I can come up with new ideas as needed.

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

Questions, flashcards, pictures, models.