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Juan

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Some time ago I came to this country to fulfill my dream of becoming an electrical engineer, and for the past eight years I have been living out this dream. My career as an engineer has giving me so much, including allowing me to begin to pursue confidently my next dream--the field of teaching. I am beginning a path toward professional tutoring and eventually teaching at the college level.
I went to Moorpark College where I obtained my associate's degree in the sciences, and while there I was given an opportunity to tutor many students in both Algebra and higher Calculus. I later transferred to California State University Northridge where I received my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Again, on the CSUN campus I was able to tutor, this time in physics as well as a number of electrical engineering courses. After graduating, I began my work as an engineer and found myself mentoring my coworkers in need of a fuller understanding of new concepts and procedures.

Tutoring has been part of my life for many years and has both provided me with stronger relationships to those around me and helped me to truly test my understanding of various subjects. And as a tutor this is my main goal--to bring my students to a place where they can fully explain what they have learned.

Though work and school do not occupy my whole life--I enjoy backpacking, camping with my son, and planning my trek through the pacific trail--I've done much of both and have always worked as I've been a student and tutor. I know personally the value of a tutor because I, too, have sought help from tutors. Tutors and teachers alike were and will always be essential to me, because they do the vital job of providing a different point of view.

Juan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Moorpark College - Associates, Sciences

Graduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Current Grad Student, Electrical Engineering

Hobbies

hiking and camping

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy-- to bring my students to a place where they can fully explain what they have learned.

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

Listen very carefully to his or her necessities and create a plan to overcome his or her challenges.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Making him realize the importance of the subject in study.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind him of the purpose of the subject and the goal that he is trying to achieve.

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

I will make him analyze what the author is trying to express in each paragraph.

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

Listen very carefully and make him or her understand the importance of the subject.

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

I would look at a real application of the subject that he or she is struggling with.

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

I will make him explain in his own words what he has learned.

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

We a lot of practice and repetition.