As a new graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Economics and a minor in Mathematics, I've been a tutor for 2.5 years and currently reside in Houston. I have a background in being an student academic adviser as well as a college mentor. My areas of focus are subjects in math such as Algebra and Geometry as well as topics in Chinese, Chemistry, and study skills/organization, but my favorite subject to tutor is Algebra. Learning can be tough, but my philosophy is to never give up despite the obstacles. In my spare time, I love playing the piano and guitar, singing, theatre as well as cooking new recipes for my family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Economics
Reading, Sports, Music, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Acting, Travel, Family and Friends
High School Business
High School Economics
Mandarin Chinese 1
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student learns at a different pace, and in a different manner. It is important to understand and respect that.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like asking them what their favorite subjects in school are and which subjects they want to improve in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would give them the advice that it is up to them to want to learn. No one can force them to love a subject, but you can make it fun and help boost their confidence to be an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Telling them that knowledge is power; the more you know, the better you can succeed!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would always start out by breaking down what it is that they do know and understand, and start from there to work our way up to the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To take it slowly and one step at a time. Reading takes time and understanding. Be patient with yourself and you will get to where you need to be if you ask the right questions!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Pictures and humor are the best way to keep a student engaged in learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would tell them that in the beginning it's always hard. But once you understand the concepts, you can breeze through them in your sleep, and that's always fun!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
All materials their teacher gives them, books, online websites with helpful links, as well as any questions the student has, because that leads to answers and solutions!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By letting them know that you can always succeed in any subject; all it takes is a little motivation and help!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I make sure to ask them what subjects they are least comfortable in and why. From there you can evaluate based on how they learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If they feel more comfortable doing things a certain way, I try to adapt and create a learning objective around that.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil and paper is always important so you can see and write out what you are thinking and doing. Books are a wealth of knowledge and so is the Internet. Never underestimate it, but only use it when you absolutely need it.