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Jose

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I am deeply fascinated by science, specially physics and mathematics. I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace engineering at Arizona State University. I obtained an A.S. at Mesa Community College before transferring to ASU. I have been working part time for more than 2 years at Mesa Community College tutoring mathematics, physics and chemistry. That is where I also was awarded an international recognize tutoring certificate (CRLA). Moreover, I have experience working with people with learning disabilities. I also enjoy participating in multiple activities, and clubs. Such as working as a researcher for the mathematical department at ASU. I have won multiple awards to present my findings derived from my research in many cities across the country. I recently came in third place in a mathematical competition held in El Paso, Texas.

While I'm not working or studying I enjoy spending my time in activities such practicing guitar, working out at the gym, watching movies, or listening to music. I think that one of my greatest strength as a tutor is that feel empathy towards my tutees, since I remember how I also struggle when I am learning new subjects. That is why I always have plenty of patience toward my tutees, and make sure they obtained a deeply understanding of the subject at work. I consider an honor to have the opportunity of assisting fellow students to achieve their academic goals.

Jose’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Aerospace Engineering

Hobbies

I enjoy working out at the gym. I love to play either my acoustic or electric guitar. One of my favorite hobbies is listening to music and watching movies. I also enjoy playing games on xbox one.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think that one of my greatest strength as a tutor is that I feel empathy towards my tutees, since I remember how I also struggle when I am learning new subjects. That is why I always have plenty of patience toward my tutees, and make sure they obtained a deep understanding of the subject at work. I consider it an honor to have the opportunity of assisting fellow students to achieve their academic goals.

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

I first would begin by greeting the student. I'll ask them about the subject they need work om and why they think is important to them to learn that subject. After that I will invite the student to create a tutoring agenda for the section, and set realistic goals on what needs to be covered within the session. Finally, I will try to assist the student with their subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will try to use the SQ3R system, where you encourage the student to reason the subject by asking the student questions. In addition, I will try to give the student different variations of a problem so they can practice and obtained a deep understanding on the subject. It is always good to encourage the student to have plenty of practice so they can obtain a mastery of the subject.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By giving him constant support, and reminders of his good progress.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try different teaching approaches. Also, I think the key of learning any difficult process is by repetition.