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Education has played a major role in my life, whether it has been as a student or as an educator. Throughout high school, I was a personal tutor for middle school students and younger classmen. During my undergraduate studies at UC Irvine, I continued tutoring under classmen as well as students from local high schools. After graduating, I became a teacher in Cambodia while serving in the Peace Corps. I taught a myriad of subjects ranging from English, history, and economics. During my master program at USC, I led study session in statistics and economics. Not only do I enjoy the process of learning and studying new material, I believe that a common interest in subjects introduces discourse and insight among peers, colleagues and friends.

More importantly, I believe education is fundamental to a prosperous society that helps economies and communities grow. I believe a proper education allows students to explore their minds and have original, creative ideas. This allows them to see social, scientific, philosophical and economic issues through a lens that is not looked through by most. Education is the main thing that separates people from a life of acceptance and submission, to a life of creativity, innovation and independence. In my teachings, I draw from students' interests and use them to tackle problems they may have in academics. Whether it's understanding statistics in sports, economics for business, or the history of global affairs to understand a video game, I believe that there is always a connection between a topic and a student's interests.

To connect with students on a personal level, I have a variety of interests which I use. On my free time I enjoy traveling, creating and trying new recipes, participating in political and economic discourse, discussing and participating in fantasy leagues and boxing at local gyms.

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Christian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: University of Southern Calilfornia - Masters, Public Policy

Hobbies

Cooking, eating, traveling, boxing

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Business

College Business

College Economics

College Geography

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish

Economics

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

European History

Geography

Geometry

GMAT

High School Business

High School Economics

High School Geography

High School Level American History

History

Languages

Macroeconomics

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

Public Speaking

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Statistics

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Allow students to learn by making the subjects relatable and applicable.

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

I would get to know their personal interests and what they do in their free time. I'd go on to ask what they enjoy about class and what they do not. Also, what they enjoy about their classmates and what they do not. This allows a personal connection and an understanding on how they think. I would then continue to ask about their last exam and class performances and why they think they performed the way they did.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Start with listening. Read to them or give stories. Allow them to converse, which allows them to analyze what is being discussed, similarly to how they would when reading.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Create a list of goals. We would then continue to update them as certain ones are reached.

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

Understand why it's difficult for them. Whether it's the teaching style of the educator or if it simply doesn't click. Then, I would move away from the lesson and find something that relates that they are interested in learning. I would then tie that topic back to the subject matter and lastly introduce the criteria they have to learn.

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

Start with listening. Read to them or give stories. Allow them to converse, which allows them to analyze what is being discussed, similarly to how they would when reading.


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