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Alexandra

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I'm currently studying for my Master's of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM) at Emperor's College to pursue the Doctor's Program after which I will open my own practice in Los Angeles, CA, that targets low-income and/or impoverished families who have difficulty accessing proper healthcare. I would love to form a non-profit that travels to 3rd world countries to set up temporary medical booths that treat the population as well as equip them with knowledge on how to diagnose and use the herbs and treatments provided to them to ensure self-sustainable and healthy communities. Since I originally was going to attend UCSD for Biochemistry, I have a fair background in mathematics and sciences, but am not limited to tutoring just those subjects as Reading/Writing and Psychology are favored subjects of mine as well.

Alexandra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Santa Monica College - Associates, General Science, Social & Behavioral Science

Graduate Degree: Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine - Current Grad Student, Master's of Traditional Oriental Medicine

Hobbies

I enjoy snowboarding, biking, hiking, working on construction or mechanical projects (cars and RVs), reading, and anything associated with the outdoors!

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

History

Arithmetic

Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

Geography

Geometry

High School Biology

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Nutrition

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Science

Social studies

Trigonometry

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is to foster each student's potential by addressing their academic needs and pushing them to strive for the best version of themselves they can be academically and personally (without personal discipline and motivation, succeeding in academics will be a rough journey). I strongly encourage independent thinking and have a good eye for identifying each student's weaknesses only to work on strengthening them after. I prefer to establish a friendly, relaxed learning environment where students feel comfortable to ask questions and don't feel stressed (less stress = a higher retention rate). My focus for each student is to ensure that they understand the material in its entirety and how each concept interrelates. I don't place a huge emphasis on blind memorization or quantity of work done, but on the quality of work that was done. Let's say it took 30 minutes to teach a difficult concept to a student. If that student gained complete understanding of the subject matter, I find that to be more successful (and useful, for the student's sake) than having that student work on numerous problems on material that's not as challenging.

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

I would ask what material the student is currently learning and obstacles they have encountered that they need help with. From there, I would hint at the answer in various ways to promote independent thinking. If the student is completely lost, I'd explain how to solve or find the answer step by step. For extra practice, I would give more examples to ensure the student fully comprehended the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To be independent you have to become independent. Trial and error can be the best way to learn as you grow from your mistakes. As a tutor, I can catalyze that process by encouraging independent thinking through proper guidance.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Some students have trouble concentrating due to a number of psychological, domestic/familial, or environmental factors. I take this into consideration when I see a child struggle. Sometimes the best thing to do is allow them a short break to recenter their energy, giving their brain a break from processing. During the break we can talk about whatever is bothering them so they can let it go, giving have a higher chance of focusing back on the material and having that material retain into their long term memory.