My name is Vi, and I look forward to the opportunities to help you achieving your goals. Having graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2012 with the highest honor (Summa Cum Laude), I hope to utilize my knowledge and learning skills to help you accomplish your goals. Regardless of your field of studies, I believe I can help! My teaching philosophy is simple. That is learning should be interactive, applicable, and mostly importantly, it needs not to be difficult to understand.
To all my prospective students, I would like to assure you that getting paid is not the main reason why I became a tutor. Rather, I find it extremely rewarding and a privilege to make learning fun and easy for my students. Like many people, I've had my struggles in certain subjects. However, with excellent tutors, along with self-perseverance, I was able to over my struggles and did exceptionally well. If I can do it, I believe you can do it too!
I take your academic success very seriously as it is a direct measure of my competence as your tutor. Together, we will overcome your challenge and achieve your very best!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be fun, interactive, and it needs not to be difficult.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I might do a quick assessment on his/her level of understanding of the subject so I can create a lesson that is specifically tailored to meet the needs of that student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would encourage the student to not be afraid to get the wrong answers. Wrong answers sometimes reveal the areas in which the student can improve upon.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure a student stays motivated by constantly pointing out his/her improvements, regardless of how big or small they might be.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would make the concept easier to understand by applying it to real-world situations.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would first need to find out why the student is having difficulty comprehending. I would then help him/her improve on comprehension by addressing those gaps in his/her comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Knowing his/her level on a certain subject is a must when I first start to work with a student. In addition, I've also found that knowing my student's learning style is extremely important in creating lessons and learning tools that best meet his/her needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It is important to recognize the student's improvements, whether big or small, to help them get excited and engaged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Whenever possible, I would apply the material to real-world examples to make the material easier to be learned. In addition, I would also find out his/her interests and apply the material accordingly.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Recognize small successes and improvements can go a long way in building a student's confidence in a subject. As a tutor, I will make sure to recognize my student's improvements regardless of how big or small they are.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluating a student's needs is best done while talking to the student regarding concepts that need to be covered in a subject. Gaps/areas for improvement can be detected through these conversations.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would make sure that the materials or concepts are taught with the student's learning style. In addition, I would adjust my teaching depending on the student's rate of learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I usually have a lesson plan ready prior to my tutoring session. The types of materials used can vary based on the student's learning style.