After graduating from Crespi Carmelite High School, I attended UCLA for 2 years. I left school to take a bigger role with my family and have made my way back through Pierce Community College. I am halfway to obtaining an English degree with a minor in Political Science, and expect to graduate from UCLA in 2 years.
I can tutor SAT writing, SAT verbal, and SAT critical reading, as well as essay writing from the elementary to the college level. I am strong with grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary, as well as history (American and European) and social studies like geography. Essay writing, English, literature, and Political Science are my favor subjects to tutor because of the immense spectrum of creativity and personal touch involved in each field, opposed to the hard sciences and mathematics.
When I'm not at school, reading, or writing, I enjoy painting with acrylics, playing guitar, and watching the Lakers and Dodgers. I've painted for four years and have participated in several art walks and shows across Los Angeles.
I'm eager to help you with not only your subject material, but also the way you approach studying and testing. There are several methods and tricks that we can go over that may help you to approach your classes with a more positive and comfortable attitude. I understand how much pressure there can be while trying to tackle an elusive idea or answer, either during multiple choice tests, essays, or during homework. Together, we can take the right steps towards a deeper understanding of the material and better grades for you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Current Undergrad, English
SAT Writing: 720
Acrylic painting (4 years), guitar (12 years), basketball, baseball, and football (playing and watching), cooking
AP US Government
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Confidence and curriculum is my mantra. I want to help you recognize your strengths and understand your weaknesses. Improving study skills and maintaining good habits will allow for better time management and an improved school year.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introducing ourselves, I would seek to learn about the student and share some information about myself. It would be great to spend a minute or two establishing a connection, and that would make communication better and the session more productive.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning starts with learning good habits and study skills. Setting timers and knowing when to take a break can help the student when he or she has reached an impasse. In writing, relating to your own life can create a wealth of inspiration. In testing, there are many tricks like P.O.E. (the process of elimination) that can save time and help the student get the answer right. With a strong base of good habits and study skills, you can adjust and adapt to the class as you find your strengths.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One way to help a student stay motivated is to break the myth that asking questions shows weakness. It simply is not true. Asking questions allows for the material to be translated into the student's own words and reinforces the underlying, positive study habits. This will lead to rewarding breakthroughs in understanding the material, and maybe even new methods to approach the subjects in the future.