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I love to help students learn and make it easier for them to understand the concepts by providing helpful advice by relating it to what they know. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Santa Clara University, CA. My style of tutoring is very practical by understanding where the student is at and help them get to the next level of understanding step by step. My favorite subjects are Computers and Mathematics. I enjoy the outdoors and visiting cool places like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite.

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Pat’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Santa Clara University - Bachelors, Computer Science


Computers, Hiking, Math, Science

Tutoring Subjects


Computer Programming

Data Structure

Elementary Algebra






Software Engineering

Technology and Computer Science

Web Design

Q & A

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

Figure out how a student thinks and find ways to encourage them.

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

Ask them questions to make sure they understand material.

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

Give them positive feedback as they gain more understanding.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Figure out where they are at with the material and what they might be missing.

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

Get to know the student and understand how they think

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

Articles from the Internet. Books that show alternate ways to understand material.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Practical and down to earth.

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

Get to know the student and what motivates them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them techniques that will help them pick up material better.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Give them positive feedback as they gain more understanding.

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

Find other ways for them to grasp the concept.

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

Teach them techniques to find key concepts and build their vocabulary

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

Get to know the student, how they think and what motivates them.

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