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Jean

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I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Mathematics/Economics and minors in both Theater and Global Studies, and am tutoring the GMAT, SAT and a few high school math subjects. I like to incorporate into my lessons the psychology behind how we learn new concepts and thereby discover how to apply them appropriately. With both a tech and an artistic background, I’m particularly interested in using technology to teach concepts in visual, interactive, and fun ways. Lately, when I’m not working remotely as a CRM consultant or shooting photography, I’ve been working on Prezi presentations and reviewing various test prep books to gather meaningful and common practice problems to teach. I would credit my teaching philosophy to my mom - a college psychology professor prior to immigrating to the U.S. The methods she used to help me learn and to drive my curiosity still influence how I think and learn concepts today. From her, I learned that a meaningful education requires more than just knowing facts and how to find the right answers. A good teacher must help students recognize their individual learning styles, discover any flaws in their foundation knowledge, set reasonable goals, and look for deeper meanings behind why a problem is best solved a certain way. Moreover, she taught me the importance of concise communication, organization and empathy when teaching. I think that not only is teaching more similar to coaching than lecturing and assigning work, but also clear presentations, goal-setting and practice are crucial.

Jean’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, B.S. Mathematics/Economics

Test Scores

SAT Math: 760

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 700

GMAT: 740

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 780

SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 760

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 700

GMAT VERBAL: 44

Hobbies

Architecture, Photography, Psychology, Travel, Music

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Business

College Economics

Economics

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

High School Economics

Math

Middle School Math

PRAXIS Prep

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I would credit the education and the scores that I achieved in standardized testing to the help of my mom, who used to be a college psychology professor before immigrating to the U.S. and became my first teacher. The methods she used to help me learn and drive my curiosity still influence how I think and learn concepts today. From her, I learned that a meaningful education requires more than just knowing facts and how to find the right answers – it includes the process of helping students recognize their individual learning styles, discover any flaws in their foundation knowledge, set reasonable goals, and look for deeper meanings behind why a problem is best solved a certain way. I understand some kids can pick something up more easily, but I truly believe that motivation and how dedicated you are will ultimately decide your success. I think that teaching is more similar to coaching than just lecturing and assigning work. Looking back to my mom, she taught me the importance of concise communication, organization and empathy when teaching and I hope to impart the same on my students whether it is tutoring for the SAT or the GMAT. From her, I learned that a meaningful education requires more than just knowing facts and how to find the right answers – it includes the process of helping students recognize their individual learning styles, discover any flaws in their foundation knowledge, and look for deeper meanings behind why a problem is best solved a certain way. As a teacher, she taught me the importance of concise communication, organization and empathy.

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

If the student hasn't done a diagnostic test yet, I would have him or her complete one and bring any work/scratch paper they used for it. Otherwise, I would require the student bring their most recent exam taken. Based on the review of exam and work, we would work together to go over a list of concepts that need to be learned and create reasonable goals for achieving them. While reviewing the work, I would also start going over strategies for solving the problems so that going forward students can quickly apply the concepts they learn more quickly to achieve the results they want. It’s important for the student to both assess their own knowledge, as well as for me to look for patterns of error in their work, so that I identify any gaps or inaccuracies in their foundation knowledge and be sure to address them prior to teaching new concepts.