I have been an educator in a large variety of settings for the past twenty years. Language institutes, universities, after-school programs, factories, and Japanese high schools are just some of the settings in which I have taught or tutored. Helping others understand what they are studying is one of many things that I love doing. The subjects I have tutored include Spanish, Japanese, science, history, algebra, English (literature, grammar, and writing), public speaking, film, American culture, and many others.
Offering simple and clear explanations is my forte. I have a very patient character, so I'm able to gently, but persistently stay by your side until the proverbial light bulb goes on.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelors, Psychology
I have always enjoyed camping, hiking, and Mother Nature. In the past decade or so, I have gotten into photography and Photoshop. I had my first solo art show a few months ago. Other than these, I am a novice surfer (only the two foot waves!), and I love to practice speaking Japanese and Spanish.
Elementary School Math
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As I briefly mentioned in my personal statement, I'm "all about" patience. According to my teaching philosophy, an instructor or tutor is like a gentle and dedicated friend. If you find a certain topic or question to be challenging, we will pause for a second, take a breath, and backtrack a little until we find the point at which the material "lost you." Then, I'll break it down for you as simply as possible, and we'll move forward at whichever pace is most comfortable for you. It's usually when the student is rushing that they miss a fundamental point. I have often been praised on my ability to explain well, so we will make sure that these fundamental points don't "get past you."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I like to take the first five minutes just to get to know my student. Before we even get to talking in detail about their assignments and academic goals, I just like to ask them how they are. How was their day? What did they have for breakfast? What are their hobbies? And if the student is interested, I tell them a tiny bit about myself. Then we "get down to business," and I ask them how they're doing in their classes. I find out what their goals are for the tutoring in general and what they'd like to do for that individual session.