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Vivian

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I graduated from the University of South Florida with my Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences with plans to pursue occupational therapy graduate school. I have a love for education and therefore offer tutoring in a range of subjects. As a Biomedical Sciences major, I have a lot of experience in biology and chemistry classes as well as in labs. I also enjoy drawing and painting and have taken multiple studio classes to learn different techniques and spend much of my spare time painting murals in the local community. In the past, I have privately tutored students in developing skills in writing, reading comprehension, and math. I strongly believe that developing confidence is as equally important as the technical skills necessary to tackle a difficult subject and that every student has the potential to be successful.

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Vivian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biomedical Sciences

Hobbies

I enjoy being active- such as going to the gym, running trails with my dog, and attending yoga classes. I also love to go to art museums and paint murals on my spare time.

Tutoring Subjects

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Art

Biology

College Biology

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

High School Biology

Korean

Languages

Literature

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Other

Reading

SAT Prep

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each student has potential and therefore each student should be treated with dignity. I clearly state my learning expectations and offer assistance and support throughout the assignments. I believe that each student is unique and may learn differently and I strive to create a teaching style that best reaches each individual. I believe that positive reinforcement is important and that fostering confidence in education is key.

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

In a first session with a student, I would talk to the student to get to know their personality and their learning style. I would get to know what they are interested in, what subjects they might struggle and excel in, and whether they are a visual/hands-on/audio learner. I would also try to assess how much they know in the subject, what they need to know, and come up with a teaching plan to reach their goal. I want my students to feel comfortable with asking me questions, so I would introduce myself and talk openly and honestly about any questions about my qualifications. I believe making the first session a good experience is important to facilitate learning and self-confidence in the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By equipping the student with the study skills that they need to continue to learn independently in the future.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe the best motivation is to find out what goal the student wants to reach. Using the goal in mind with a combination of positive encouraging words, the student will feel more confident and motivated to continue.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would help the student become engaged with a subject they are struggling with by relating it to something that they enjoy or excel at. For instance, for a student who hates writing but loves sports I would first encourage the student to write about the sport they enjoy and critique their writing styles while still having their attention.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

With students who struggle with reading comprehension, the best thing to do is make them read a lot. Many times they hate doing this, so motivation and making them more confident is key. Also, implementing skills such as comprehension checks and increasing vocabulary may help.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask my student to show me their work, or explain to me why or how they came up with the answer, to be sure that the student actually understands the material and is not just looking for answers. My goal is for the student to be able to perform well academically by themselves, and not just with my help.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

When a student begins to feel discouraged, I try to compliment them on the things they do well already or on skills they have successfully mastered. I remind the student that it is normal to feel discouraged when the subject seems too difficult, but that they are competent, intelligent, and capable of learning the subject if they really apply themselves.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I prefer to do a general diagnostic test on the student to evaluate what subjects the student already excels in and what subjects need a little extra assistance.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt my tutoring to each student's individual needs based on their own pace and curriculum. I have had students in the past with varying personalities, attention difficulties, and intelligence, and I feel that I have adapted every lesson plan to fit each student.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The materials I use during tutoring depends on the subject. I have used workbooks, printable worksheets, flashcards, and online testing sites to tutor in the past.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Keeping the student engaged in the material and participating actively has been the most successful when working with a student.


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