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Matthew

Hey! I'm currently a 3rd year Biology major at UCLA. I have experience tutoring through a club called Mu Alpha Theta from 8th to 12th grades, and I still tutor friends and classmates here and there in my classes if they need help understanding certain concepts. I enjoy play most sports, especially basketball and tennis! I got a 2200 on my SAT (800 math, 740 writing, 660 verbal) and took 10 AP exams back in high school including Calc, English, Government, US History, etc.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California-Los Angeles - Current Undergrad, Biology, General

SAT Composite: 2200

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 640

SAT Writing: 760

I enjoy playing almost any sport, but especially basketball and tennis. I like talking about and watching basketball also

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

9th Grade Math

AP US Government

AP US History

Elementary School Math

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

SAT Subject Tests Prep

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

I think every concept can be understood if a student spends enough time with it. I'll do my best to try to explain and simplify seemingly hard, difficult-to-understand concepts.

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

Patience, being understanding to their problems, trying to find common interests/hobbies, and trying to link different subjects to those fields make things a bit easier to understand and visualize.

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

I think applying different subjects to the student's interests, such as sports or food or whatever else, is helpful.

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

I would try to explain different concepts under different conditions, applying them to different everyday scenarios

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

Positive reinforcement and patience. Every subject can be mastered if a student just spends enough time on it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by asking the student. I think they know the best in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.

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

I'm pretty flexible with tutoring styles, whether going straight from the book or applying the concepts to different situations for clarity.

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

I use the whiteboard, possibly extra worksheets, etc.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think every student can succeed. Some might have to put in a bit more work and studying than others, but it can be done.

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

Go over any problems that the student might have, but also try to get to know them a bit on a personal level.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Through encouragement and positive reinforcement, so they will gain the confidence to do so, and by helping them find ways to think through seemingly challenging problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement and positive reinforcement.

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

I struggled with reading comprehension too when I was taking the SAT and the AP English Literature and Language tests, but if you just take things slowly with baby steps, it isn't as boring and as difficult.