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Kareem

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My aspirations are for my students to achieve their goals by helping them master the coursework, work ethic and concepts necessary. I believe that with patience, hard work and effective studying that any student is capable of attaining success in whatever academic pursuit they take on.

Kareem’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT Math: 35

MCAT: 33

Hobbies

Surfing, Backpacking, Rock climbing, Music, Cooking

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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

Understand where a student is coming from and where they are on a particular subject so that we may move forward in a positive direction towards success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Inspire them based on their strengths and outline areas that need work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Understand what a student's end goal is/ their career aspirations and explain why the material is important for reaching that goal.

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

Backtrack until we reach common ground and then move forward slowly from there. Also understand where their weaknesses lie and focus on those until they become strengths.

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

Go back to the basics and build on the weaknesses; oftentimes there are easy fixes to difficulties that just require patience to solve.

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

Highlighting their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Making sure to address the parts in which they struggle is key, and thus making a game plan that involves turning those weaknesses into strengths is vital.

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

By relating material into real life examples or to things that the student is particularly interested in. Making the material relevant and explaining its importance is also helpful.

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

Creating problem sets for students and test for comprehension that way. Also asking them to explain a concept back to me, for teaching is an amazing way for the teacher to learn.

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

Highlight their strengths and ensure them that they are capable of success with the right mind set and effort.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Either by assessment to determine where they need reinforcement or by talking to the student and hearing what they feel they struggle with the most.

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

Since every student is unique, I try to understand how the student learns best and then accommodate that.

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

Flash cards, questions and discussions of topics/concepts, and relating everything together. I typically like a lot of scratch paper or a whiteboard to provide the student with plenty of space to work things out and show their thought process, or to help outline a strategy for them so they can take it home and remember what we discussed.