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I want to be well-rounded in my life. However, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I could talk about my journey through university, my experiences in the U.S. Air Force, my involvement in various volunteer programs, and my employment, because these have all paved the way for the graduate school admissions process. Mostly, though, you probably want to know whether I can get you the grade you're looking for in your classes, and that's understandable! The principles behind the tutoring process are the most important aspects of tutoring itself, for they enable us to be flexible and adaptable without going off-track. Once you have the basic principles deeply ingrained in your habits, you'll be ready for all kinds of variations. If that is something you want to achieve, then I am here to help, just as I too was once helped. I want to see you master these subjects. Moreover, I want to see you enjoy the process of mastering your studies.

My inclination towards tutoring began in high school, when I began receiving help from a friend. Because my tutor was also a peer, I felt less intimidated; I felt at ease to question, to challenge, and to reiterate the concept until I understood it. Conversely, when I had a better understanding of a certain subject area, I found myself giving explanations to my other friends, helping them while reinforcing my own knowledge. I managed to do well throughout my studies. My strength in science and mathematics enable me to fulfill the prerequisites for graduate school in health sciences. Retaining this knowledge will also help serve as the foundation to my future studies.

As I've mentioned previously, there was a time when I too needed help to push through the tough parts of my studies. But it was not an aimless effort. I've developed study habits and achievable goals along the way. I believe that in order to gain understanding of a subject, it is essential to have awareness of a principle or concept that can be applied over and over again. Therefore, I want to dedicate time to laying a proper foundation for the delivery of a concept, and for the acceptance and application of that concept. The point is this: you have to be involved and immersed in the process in order for a concept to become your default thought process.

Similarly, I always attempted numerous practice questions to make concepts stick. It takes preparation and it takes practice. I did not learn to do the problem by watching someone else solve it for me--I followed the concept and solved it on my own. Karl Marx once said "theory without practice is sterile, and practice without theory is blind." The goal is to eventually put yourself in the driver seat, and to feel comfortable when faced with another problem.

My central message is of the utmost simplicity. Unfortunately, simplicity usually comes wrapped in great complexity, just as something very complex is made of simple elements. I hope I can help you become an individual who is not deterred by the problem presented. Rather, you will face the problem with the understanding that you will now be able to break it down into simple questions, even when there's no obvious solution. Not every problem can be or will be solved, but with the correct reasoning and deduction, you can be assured that you will be a step closer towards the answer.

Finally, I believe you must find confidence and happiness in anything that you do. I often supplement my study with music or workouts, both of which motivate me to go towards that next challenge in my life. Being persistent in developing your own personal application is the key to retaining knowledge. In essence, all I can do is give you the assistance necessary so that you can learn in your own unique way. I hope you may have gained something by reading over some of these points, and are now ready to find your happiness in the process of learning.

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Billy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American Public University System - Bachelors, Sports and Health Sciences

Hobbies

Sports, EDM, Fitness/Nutrition

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

Arithmetic

College Algebra

Conversational Mandarin

Geometry

Homework Support

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Take the problem one step at a time, make it simple and digestible to understand, and the harder concept will follow.

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

Get a feel for their subject inclination and ability to understand concepts in general. Generate their interest and establish an open communication.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Develop and present the concept in the most understandable form, and allow the student to expand during practice.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Push for their interests in the subject by providing real-life examples.

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

Reassess the concept difficulty and allow the student to back up to its foundation, then follow up with the next step in the concept again.

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

Ask how they interpret the reading, and formulate the correct train of thoughts to allow students to comprehend the right way to approach the reading.

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

Examples with more practice, and incorporating new concepts.

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

Understand what do they feel they struggle with the most, break down the problem, and tackle it one step at a time.

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

Ask the student to explain in their own words about the concept, and use examples to verify their understanding.

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

More practice questions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Throw in different levels of questions to test their understanding. Allow open communication to find their strength and weakness.

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

Understand the student's needs first, then use my understanding and knowledge to adjust to how they can absorb the material better.

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

Examples and practice questions.


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