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I'm a MA candidate in International Economics and China Studies at Johns Hopkins, and an aspiring foreign policy professional. My approach to tutoring emphasizes big picture ideas and building a student's sense of intuition. My best professors and teachers have emphasized that it takes more than memorization to be a good learner. Likewise, I try to make students comfortable with the subjects that they learn and help them feel like they're capable of navigating subjects on their own when studying, practicing, or doing homework.

Some of my subjects include Economics, English, World History, and Chinese. Because my professional field emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, I like to stay curious about these subjects and consider myself a lifelong learner of just about any subject, both quantitative and qualitative. Outside of tutoring and projects in my field, I enjoy reading novels and short fiction, watching baseball and baking batches of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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Rui’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Bachelors, International Relations

Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Masters, School of Advanced International Studies -China Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1520

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 710

SAT Writing: 740

GRE Quantitative: 162

GRE Verbal: 164


Reading, Baseball, Baking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

AP Chinese Language and Culture

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US History

AP World History


College Economics

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Conversational Mandarin



English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Essay Writing

GRE Analytical Writing

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History


Homework Support




Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4



Public Speaking


SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To understand and work at the pace the student needs, providing just enough challenges. Making sure that they walk away from tutoring knowing how to do something new.

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

My first session with a student will prioritize getting to know what they need my help on the most, and formulating a plan for how to productively use our sessions, as well as a study plan the student can use for homework and assignments.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I'm a big believer in the power of organizing and planning. If you plan well and plan according to how you learn, it'll make it that much easier to process information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Sometimes, I like to tailor games, exercises, and sample questions in accordance with a student's interests.

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

Step-by-step lists, mnemonics, and extra practice. I also like charts and visual aids.

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

Marking up a reading is something that I like to do in order to single out important pieces of information. I'm a big fan of color-coded notes.

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

Keeping information organized and planning ahead for assignments and assessments as early as possible.

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

If applicable, I like to tailor questions to what a student is interested in.

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

I regularly check students' understanding by asking questions and engaging them in getting the relationships between concepts, particularly in subjects in the humanities.

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

I like to check if a student is getting the material through Q&A. If the student isn't getting something, going through an issue or problem step-by-step is my go-to for getting the student to understand an academic topic.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like to look at what changes about how a student approaches a problem or how they're performing on assignments or projects they want to get done, so I ask questions of the client and parents, if applicable.

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

I can find relevant readings as needed, but like to have a good understanding of the materials a student currently works with.

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

Listening is important for me.

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