I'm a UCLA graduate, where I double-majored in history and philosophy. I'm also a recent law school graduate (Loyola Law). I've always enjoyed teaching, and I've been fortunate to have great teachers and mentors growing up. I'm looking forward to giving back.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, History; Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Loyola Law School - PHD, Juris Doctorate
SAT Writing: 800
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 700
running, stand-up comedy
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
AP Art History
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Intellectual Property Law
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy centers around problem-solving. I prefer to set up problems and encourage students to help me understand and solve the problem. In this way, we're both working towards a solution, instead of me lecturing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After getting to know each other, I would spend some time assessing the student's needs and how that student learns best. I would hone my techniques to that specific student's goals and needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can ensure independent learning by creating a fun problem-solving environment where reasoning out a solution is preferred to merely memorizing an answer. In this way, a student can use this reasoning process for problems on his or her own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The best way to do this would be to allow the student to solve the problems on their own and use this method to make the student feel successful in tackling these problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use analogies and metaphors to make the overall structure of the concept more clear.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Unfortunately, repetition matters here. But reading anything, even if it's fun and not test-related, helps with this.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A modified Socratic Method.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help them see it as a story and a narrative instead of just data.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Focus on how strategies we went over work to correctly find the right answer.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would help them see that once their reasoning skills with that subject are solidified, getting the right answer is just a matter of using that method.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking targeted questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
After assessing a student's needs, I would alter the focus to the exact mistake that student is making.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil and paper.