A #2 pencil and a dream can take you everywhere.
I have very good understanding of the subjects that I tutor, as proved by my academic records. I also have a great passion for teaching. I've been a calculus facilitator at Syracuse University for two years in my undergraduate study, which can be described as an "alternative TA." My experience also includes one semester one-on-one tutoring with a college electrical engineering student. I love teaching and I love helping students out. When I heard back from my students saying: "This makes much more sense now.", I feel eternally happy for them from my heart.
Shuang (John)’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Syracuse University - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Syracuse University - Masters, Computer Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 170
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Make it interesting. Every single subject that exists has a reason behind it. In order to truly understand a subject, you should at least feel good about doing it. So make it interesting is step one. I also use similar examples. I find this very helpful. The real handling should be not only knowing how to solve the question, but also to find some similar questions to ask yourself and be able to solve those questions you asked yourself.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We get to know each other first. I may make some jokes (maybe) to let the student know I'm a nice guy. Based on students' requirement, we'll get into the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By creating a good study pattern. It's really important. Everybody studies differently. In order to be independent, we need to find a way that suits the student best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
When you reach a goal, think about if I can still improve.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down to small examples. I find it very helpful. If he/she doesn't even know "what it is", then find something related to him/her.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This takes time. Usually, we can break the question down into small pieces first, and then combine them together. In that case, they will understand better.