I have 4 years of group teaching and private tutoring from elementary up to college students in math, language art, reading, and writing. For language art/reading/writing sessions I always bring my personal tools to help make my tutoring sessions more engaging for younger students. I make sure I tailor already developed worksheets so that I can better cater to individual's needs. Because I always have long-term results in mind that I'd like to reap and break them down into short-term plans and execute them step by step my tutoring has been systematic and is always ready to accommodate the students' needs at the moment. This is also why I am a good communicator with the students' parents as well.
I have a high level of enthusiasm for this position I am given as I strongly believe all my skills and experiences attained through my previous jobs (mainly of education) will help me a lot for my position. But enthusiasm just doesn't do everything as I take genuine interest in the individual student and view him/her full of potentials to grow academically and ultimately, as a person. Besides the main subjects I mentioned above, I also possess adequate knowledge in other subjects such social science and pre-health. Thank you for reading this!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Associates, Pharmacy
SAT Math: 720
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 770
SAT Subject Test in Korean with Listening: 800
Interests: social science (psychology, forensics, administration of justice, business administration, etc.), different musical instruments (especially cello), reading, cooking, phototaking, interior design, economics, world conditions, fashion, cosmetics, and more!; hobbies: reading on various topics that interest me (especially psychology), internet surfing for information, cost-effective shopping, searching great places to visit (eatery, museums, sightseeing)
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
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11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Math
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1st Grade Math
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3rd Grade Science
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ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP Introduction to Business Law
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Physics
High School Writing
Intellectual Property Law
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Korean with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My #1 goal is to be a part of the student's growing journey both academically and as a person. As I strongly believe those two factors go hand in hand, I always make sure to recognize a student with his/her full potentials ready to blossom. This belief affects my style of teaching that is characterized by flexibility, accommodation, effectiveness, and open communication.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Because I am not familiar with the student in terms of her/his learning style, personal traits, interests, and capability in the subject, I first open up by striking a conversation that involves key questions to get to know the student both as a student and a person. Then I briefly assess the student in the relevant subject to gauge how the entire tutoring course should be.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In short terms, critical thinking. This doesn't necessarily mean creative thinking but definitely could evolve into this only after a student learns to break the shell and finally starts to think for her/himself, free from how social rituals/customs might sometimes naturally dictate them to think, for example. This doesn't mean erratic pattern of thinking but rather the ability to first look into oneself to really understand oneself to build healthy ego, with which critical thinking skills can also grow. Eventually, the student will be able to think for him/herself as an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would tactfully keep emphasizing the practical value of the knowledge/skills from the subject the student is tutored in. Without this connection made it'd be hard to stay motivated and on track.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would use as many real life examples and illustrations as I can use to, again, make connections between the real life and the subject the student is learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I never pressure them but assure them it's OK to take it at their own pace. Reading comprehension is like taking and trying to digest a big chunk of meat that is high in protein. As expected, it takes some time to fully take it in and digest before being able to take good nutrients from it. The same goes with the reading - a big chunk of reading materials first needs to be broken down so that the student can take in and then digest. So I engage the student in the sentence break-up and analysis process.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It all repeats itself, but as mentioned, recognize and acknowledge the student as an independent human being who is full of potentials that are ready to blossom with support and help from a private tutor.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Simply put, I use many questions here and there as a check measure. And sometimes I ask them to reiterate their understanding of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I assure them, because this is true, that hardly everyone grasps the concept from the beginning. I emphasize it's all about trial and error and repetition.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use test scores, my own questions I created, and sometimes invite them to self-evaluate. Then I can know many times what view of him/herself the student is holding in regard to the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Even though I engage in tutoring with a clearly defined big picture and desirable long-term goals from the very beginning based on what I already know about the student, I also make sure I leave plenty of room for changes to fully accommodate the student's needs. For example, if it turns out that I had a rather inaccurate assessment of the student's capability to carry out algebraic computations, I delete or stop to add appropriate goals in between my planned schedule. It's almost like seeking out and trying to fit in a missing puzzle.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Electronically created files, written materials, sometimes images, real-life examples and illustrations, and so on.