My goal is to use what I've learned throughout my life and academic career to help other students succeed. I understand that a solid education helps build a strong foundation on which we build the rest of our lives and as a result, I will always strive to help students achieve their maximum potential. I also understand that learning is a process that never ends and that we are all students. I look forward to helping students of all ages and I look forward to learning from them as well.
With patience, respect, and determination, I do my best to guide students and help them stay motivated as they travel along their path towards lifelong success and happiness.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Computer Science and Engineering
SAT Math: 740
Music, Archery, Electronics, Outdoors and Learning
College Computer Science
Elementary School Math
High School Computer Science
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everybody can reach their maximum potential, if they have patience and an open mind. I'll give as much time as it takes to make sure my students succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introductions, I like to get a feel for what the student expects to gain from the tutoring sessions. Are they struggling with the particular subject? Are they looking for extra practice to improve their mastery of the subject? Etc. Then I might work through an assessment with them to find out their strengths and weaknesses. From there, I can work with the student to decide the best way to help them succeed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Deriving the formulas, or explaining the thought process when solving problems, can really help students understand concepts better. If that doesn't work, I'll try explaining the concept in different ways and go step by step to isolate where the confusion is happening.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The first step I take is to find out what types of questions they do understand and what they don't. This gives me a better understanding of where exactly the problem lies. I'll work with them on questions with the same type of wording and explain in detail when they get stuck.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to be patient and make sure the student stays positively motivated and isn't overwhelmed. Learning will be harder if the student loses confidence in their abilities.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
With younger students, it helps to be a good role model and make the subject seem really cool, exciting and fun. I do this by setting up milestones and achievements when working with them to make more it like a game and less like a chore. For older students, it is important to help them understand that learning the subjects well will help them achieve their ultimate goals in life. I'll remind them why they are learning what they are learning and how it will help them get where they want to go.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One technique to ensure a student truly understands the material is to ask questions in different ways. This ensures that they are understanding concepts and not just memorizing steps. It is also important to talk to the student often while working with them, not just give them a test and observe. It is important to know what goes on in their minds while they solve problems and answer questions. Many times I discover that a student doesn't fully understand a concept just by asking, "why did you do what you just did?”
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
One way people gain confidence is by overcoming challenges. I help students overcome challenges by giving them a difficult question that I know they will have trouble on. Then, after they know the concept better, I'll give them the same question and they will see how much progress they've made.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Typically, I will ask them what they think they have trouble with. Then I will evaluate a student's needs by giving them a diagnostic test and reviewing the results with them. I will also ask questions while they work on assignments that I have given them as a way to probe their understanding of the material. It also helps to look over tests that they have taken in school to see what they do and don't know in a testing environment.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It helps motivation to set goals and checkpoints. I will remind the student of what they have achieved and what there is still to learn. Throughout the sessions, I try my best not to let the student feel like they smart enough or capable of learning the material. I'll always keep a positive attitude towards them and be encouraging when they make mistakes.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I understand that every student has different ways of learning. I will regularly ask if my explanations help them understand better. If not, I try to find different ways to instruct until the students understand. For example if my verbal explanation is not good enough, I might draw a picture, or give an analogy. I might slow down or speed up the lesson depending on how the student is responding to the topics. I might spend more time on the concepts that are more challenging for the student and less time on the ones they know better.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I try to give a good balance of individual work and work in which I go through the problems with the student. When going through the problems with the student, I try not to give the answers and have the student think for him/herself. I always make sure after helping the student through a problem that they can do it on their own.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I plan on using workbooks/worksheets and various online resources to help students practice subjects. I may also utilize flash cards when conditions are suitable.