I love to learn. Though I did not always enjoy school, I grew to appreciate it more as I experienced college and matured. I conquered my past and worked hard so I could attend UC Berkeley. I found ways of learning that were more than bearable--learning was fun and entertaining, and it now is my life.
While I learn and process in three primary modes--visual, logical, and experiential--I enjoy thinking and developing parallel lines of reasoning and analogous dialogues to explain concepts. This produces a feedback dynamic that allows reassessment and shifting explanations tailored to different students. If a student has issues paying attention in class, I can find ways to relate the topic to what they enjoy. Video-games, art, TV shows, books, reading, math, they can all be connected and used to learn and grow. This experience, teaching others who have a desire to learn, is crucial to me as a future professor. I already have tutoring experience from high-school and university, but wish to grow further.
I believe in allowing equal opportunity to students and am willing to travel out of my way to teach. If they are willing to put in an effort to learn, I should be a resource for them. I will also prepare lesson plans for individual students and create profiles for developing teaching strategies for them, so our time is better spent when meeting. This include incorporating their hobbies into my explanations and deconstructing the course syllabus to bolster their schoolwork.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies
GRE Verbal: 163
Art, Reading, History, Archaeology, Hiking, Painting, and Cooking.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
No one hates learning; some simply have not found the subject they can love.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would talk, discuss their week, inquire about their favorite thing they learned, then we would tackle their subjects until they understand not just the 'how' but the 'why.'
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
We can help students by showing them their own undiscovered passion for learning. The more we investigate the world, the more its beauty is revealed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find things they enjoy in life and show them how they are connected to the material we are investigating.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I explain it to them through various avenues, and we find out the difficult part of the concept. I then reiterate it in a different and more personable way so they can express it themselves.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We go through the material slowly, finding ways to understand the words in new ways and iterating them differently. Even acting in accents can help.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Congratulatory remarks, drawing diagrams, explaining allegorically, and--above all--empathizing with the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it back to the real world and, if possible, their own experiences.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Develop new sample questions for them and have them explain how and why they did them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Small steps lead to a quickened pace. Once they see that the subject is less daunting than they thought, they find the power within themselves to overcome.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Discussion and testing their skills. Communication is crucial.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
We discuss their lives, and find ways to connect the material back to their reality.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Art, discussion, real world examples, and acting.