I personally have realized and harnessed the value of self-learning and training throughout my entire educational and professional path. I also have a very strong passion to offer guidance and instructions to students learning math and different science subjects such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. There is an opportunity that comes with the challenge of learning any subject and I take pride in elaborating on this opportunity versus challenge situation to any student. I also stand for helping students evolving a competitive set of critical thinking skills that will benefit them not only within their educational endeavors, but also within their future professional involvement. In addition to math and science, I would be more than happy sharing my experience of the GMAT with candidate GMAT takers. I managed to improve my total score from starting 680 to 750 by adopting different set of strategies and tactics while taking the formal exam. Feel free to ask for an appointment in case you hope to improve your GMAT score significantly with minimal time and effort, I would be more than happy to guide you in order to achieve that goal.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Zagazig University, Egypt - Bachelors, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate Degree: University of the Pacific - PHD, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Reading, exercising, watching sports, and meeting new people.
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAT Integrated Reasoning
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to demonstrate to students that self-learning and self-awareness come along together. It is the opportunity that comes with the challenge that motivates students' learning, exercising, and breaking their own records and habits.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I usually try to learn about the student and their points of strength and weakness concerning the subject they need help with. I also try to get a clear picture about the syllabus and the assessment methods, such as quizzes and exams, that the student has to successfully pass. I also try to have an idea about the expectations of the student and his/her parents.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them develop sound critical-thinking and research skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Usually by discussing the opportunities they may be able to harvest upon successful completion on the subject. These opportunities can be professional or financial, or otherwise related to the student's aspirations. Sometimes, presenting the material in an upbeat and straightforward way is enough to motivate the student. From my experience, being motivated as a teacher/tutor works most of the time.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
My action plan differs based on why the student is struggling. Sometimes, students struggle with a concept because they don't remember the basics; this happens most of the time in math and science-related subjects. In that case, a quick review over the basics usually helps resolve the problem. The student may struggle with a concept because they can't see the logical flow or the input to output flow. Again, precise and clear illustration of any skill or concept, by using graded examples from easier to harder, works with most students.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most valuable strategy is to have the student become an integral part in the process by sharing their thoughts and challenges.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Well, this depends on every single case. I think that drawing relations between everyday life situations and the subject may help. Sometimes, all it takes is just a quick funny joke!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Exams and quizzes are my favorite technique.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By helping them solve problems spanning across the range from very easy to very difficult.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First by discussing their needs with them and with their parents. Second, by assessing their abilities via exams and quizzes.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My tutoring style is flexible, and focuses on building a trustworthy relationship with the students in order to be able to achieve their academic and professional goals.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Handouts and presentations.