Tutoring for me is beyond just explaining concepts to a student. It is more of helping students develop a study plan, help them understand how to study and to grasp the information. I have gone through almost all stages of education from elementary school to graduate school and have sat for many types of exams. I have had great tutors and not so great tutors. Some who made me love what I am studying and be eager to meet them the next time and others who were just doing their job. As for me, it is my goal to set a foundation with the student I tutor. Not only to pass an exam and move on, but rather to instill in them the principles of learning.
I have tutored in multiple areas, physiology in undergraduate, science, math to many of my colleagues in high school and college. In addition, i tutored medical subjects to other classmen while in medical school. Thus tutoring for me is a hobby, is something I enjoy doing. I love giving back the information and the experience that I developed studying for all these years.
One of the feedback comments that I received from one of my students was how I was able to adjust my teaching style to their different learning styles. I believe that this is an essential characteristic in a tutor-flexibility. My strategy in teaching is to simplify the complex concepts into simple ones that can be easily understood and then build on them until the complex concept is reached. In addition, being patient with the student and not giving up on them is also a key. And one thing I like to offer to you is that no matter how frustrated you are from performing poorly on exams or having difficulty understanding, I will be your source of hope and will work with you every step of the way to make sure you understand and excel in your career. I don't think anyone is born genius, studying just like any other skill is taught and can be mastered through practice and discipline.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Biological Sciences
Graduate Degree: St. George's University, Grenada - Current Grad Student, Medical Degree
MCAT Physical Sciences: 11
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Simplifying concepts and adjusting my teaching style to the student's learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Spend a few minutes getting to the student and his educational background, and do a little icebreaker to be comfortable working with him.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
This is one of my main goals. In addition to teaching the student the specific subject, I will also offer advice on learning strategies and will incorporate such strategies in my sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Always stay positive, be patient and offer encouragement in all cases.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Keep trying and trying, and sometimes I’ll leave it for a bit and will get back to it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read with them and take turns reading in front of them to give an example.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Simplify concepts, offer practice questions, diagrams, lists and tables.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Use visual media, such as drawings or pictures.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Rehearsing the concept, or answering questions related to the concept are great ways.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By starting with simple concepts and having him explain it or answer questions about it before moving on to larger concepts.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Mainly based on his interactions with me in the sessions and his performance on practice tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Again, according to his needs, I will spend more time explaining or use more pictures or graphs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen, paper, a subject reference and access to internet is sometimes helpful.