I graduated from Lowell High School. Lowell is one of the best college preparatory schools in the US. They are ranked 2nd in the world for executing the most AP exams. They offer 32 AP exams, which is the most any school can execute. I, myself, took 6 AP exams and passed them all. I am currently a student at City College of San Francisco. I am going to transfer to the school of engineering at UC Davis next fall to major in civil engineering. I used to volunteer to tutor students at Tiny Tots Preschool, the Boys & Girls Club, and City College of San Francisco. I volunteered because I enjoy helping kids learn, reach their full potential, and succeed in life. There wasn't much to tutor at Tiny Tots since the kids were just in preschool. I tutored kids of different ages ranging from 1st-12th grade in various subjects at the Boys & Girls Club. I tutored students in the library at City College of San Francisco, mainly in math and chemistry. I used to work at a restaurant for 3 years and a retail store for 2 years. I do a lot of volunteering because I enjoy giving back to the community. I also used to train and teach middle school kids how to play basketball at Helen Wills Park for 2 years. Therefore, I have 6 years of customer service experience and workings with kids of all ages, which is why I believe I'm a good tutor since I know how to interact with people professionally. My favorite subjects to tutor are math, chemistry, and physics. I find them fascinating. Education is one of the most important necessities in life. It's the hallmark for success. That's why I have pleasure in helping people. I refuse to stop until they feel comfortable with the material. The best way for them to learn is to make sure they're engaged and having fun because it's difficult to learn when you're bored and not having a good time. That's why I like to create a positive atmosphere by joking around and making them laugh.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: City College of San Francisco - Current Undergrad, Civil Engineering
ACT Math: 34
SAT Math: 700
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 710
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ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I always put the students first. Education is one of the most important necessities in life. It's the basic foundation of success. That's why I have pleasure in helping people. I refuse to stop until they feel comfortable with the subjects they struggle in.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll build rapport by talking about their family, occupation, and hobbies. That way, they'll feel comfortable with me as a person and not just a tutor. Then, I'll get right into it. I usually like to have them do homework problems, practice quizzes, and practice exams. Practice doesn't make perfect, but it makes permanent and builds consistency.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Speaking from experience, a student becomes an independent learner when they build enough confidence by simply solving a few practice problems on their own. I can help them build that confidence by encouraging them to participate in a study group. Surrounding yourself with hard-working people will motivate you to be like them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage them to contact me at any hour of the day if they need help. If I'm not sleeping, I'd be glad to help any way I can. As I mentioned before, they should participate in a study group. If you surround yourself with success, then you'll become successful.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take baby steps and make the topic as interesting as possible. Students learn better when they're more engaged. They're more engaged when they're interested and having fun.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would take baby steps. It doesn't make sense to teach fast if they student can't keep up. I would go at the student's pace because that's where they're comfortable learning.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to make it fun by joking around and making them laugh, because that engages the student to learn better. It's difficult to learn when you're bored and not having a good time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would apply real-life scenarios or analogies to the subject. It makes it easier for the student to understand because they can imagine it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have them take practice quizzes and exams by themselves if there are any available. If not, then I would make up my own questions. I'll make sure they pass with at least a 90% score. If they don't, then I'll have them do another one until they feel comfortable with the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I'll work with them meticulously and make it fun. We'll take one step at a time. Slow and steady wins the race.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would simply ask and have them look at a list of topics. Whichever one they tell me is their weakest link, I'll help them build that one up first.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'll try out my strategy during our first session, and if they don't like the way I approach them, then I'll change my approach to whatever they feel comfortable with. As long as they learn something at the end, that's all that matters.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would bring my laptop, notebook, calculator, and pen.