I studied biology in my undergraduate and graduate studies. Outside of coursework I spent a huge amount of time in research and gained insight into molecular biology and physiology. In addition, I love teaching and helping others accomplish their academic goals. My mom was a Chinese teacher always eager to improve students' academic performance. Naturally inspired by her, I became study group leader many times in middle and high school. During the time in UT Austin, I served two semesters as a teaching assistant in the introductory biology lab course. This job gave me invaluable experience of instructing in class and tutoring students individually. Therefore, I believe I will do a good job in the tutoring work.
I am also good at math. I received many awards in mathematics competitions in the elementary and middle school. My math ability is also indicated by my GRE quantitative score which is 170. Standard test examines not only the test taker's knowledge, but also the test skills. I am confident that after learning my test-taking skills, my students will have a good score in the standard tests including GRE and TOEFL.
Sun Yat-sen University - Bachelors, Biology
Northwestern University - Masters, Biotechnology
GRE Quantitative: 170
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in self study. While I am willing to look for materials for the students, I prefer students asking me questions. I am also very patient, and I will not stop helping students until they really understand how to solve problems. Lastly, I like to become friends with my students, not just an austere instructor.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will ask students about their progress and what are their difficulties in their courses. I will also answer the questions they have.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show them the resources online or in the library, and the study methods. It is also important to motivate them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Explain how the knowledge from the classes could be used in their future career.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try multiple ways. Illustrate the concepts by diagrams.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Tell them how I succeeded in the subject. Explain the importance of this subject in their future career.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Tests and personal conversation.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adjust the difficulty of my tests.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down the article structure.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listen to the student's needs. Be patient and friendly with them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By improving each time.