I recently received my Masters of Business Administration with academic excellence from the University of South Florida. This is my second masters degree; my first was in Education. I also hold an engineering degree from a top Chinese university. I have rich experiences in tutoring students, from first graders to adults, in almost all subject areas including major test preparation. I enjoy tutoring all kinds of subjects ranging from Chinese, English, Writing, and GMAT preparation, to accounting and finance. My teaching philosophy is not only to pass knowledge on to my students, but also to build up their skill sets (essentially teaching them how to fish by giving them hands-on demonstrations of catching the fish). I have a wide range of interests, from all kinds of outdoors activities (such as bicycling, kayaking, boating, fishing, gardening, and water sports) to music, cooking and volunteering. I hope to make learning fun for each of my students by understanding their needs and learning traits.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tsinghua University - Bachelors, Industrial Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Masters, MBA
Outdoors, music, cooking, reading, traveling around the world.
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAT Integrated Reasoning
High School Accounting
High School Business
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduction to each other and a short session of ice-breaking Q&A.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
1) Identify the knowledge and skills that are required to deal with the study. 2) Think about my students' own cognitive processes: their thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and learning. 3) Chart the roadmap and timeline together with students to achieve the desired learning objects.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Define the objectives; Encouragement; Offer varied learning experiences; Encourage self reflection; Help students find intrinsic motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Change the learning scenarios to fit the students' cognitive traits and also spend longer time in these areas.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Show them the reading methods and time their speed in each assignment until they improve.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Set an achievable goal of learning in the beginning and help students build up their confidence and interest.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find their intrinsic motivation to learn the subject, and also help draw more relevance of the subject to students' real-life scenarios.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Encourage students to re-iterate the concepts and thinking covered in the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive feedback and encouragement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will run a sample test based on the learning requirements to see the gaps.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Understand my students' cognitive traits, and also build friendship in tutoring.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
All available online and offline materials that have to do with the learning contents.