I am an individual who is passionate about the importance of providing all students with the opportunity of a good education. I have taught with LAUSD for seven years and have experience teaching from 7th through 12th grade, from Math 7 through AP Calculus. I believe that all learning should be tied to a real-world application and therefore have made a constant effort to integrate real-world skills and data into my teaching.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Sociology
hula hooping, restoring old furniture, knitting, camping
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student can learn and grow academically, if willing and with support as needed. No two students are the same, but everyone is able to learn, and we can share experiences as part of the learning process to gain more knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session I'd like to ask the student what they feel are their strengths and what they feel they need help with to improve or better understand. I want them to be comfortable asking questions when they don't understand something, but I also what to know what they feel confident in so that I can try to tie it to the concepts they have misunderstood or are misunderstanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to become an independent learner, the student must be comfortable attempting the concepts on their own and knowing ways to check their work before asking a teacher or tutor. Tutoring sessions will have less and less guidance from the tutor as the student becomes more and more confident with their knowledge and ability to check their own work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by focusing on the positives that they've accomplished, and also having conversations about where their studies will take them and how they relate to their future.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would first break down the parts of the skill/concept that they do know and try to re-do the process focusing on what is known. I'd have multiple forms of viewing/practicing the skill/concept, such as written in words, pictures, verbal, or physical (if possible).
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by breaking down the problems word by word, crossing off unnecessary information, and rewriting the parts of the text that are needed to solve the problem. We'd practice multiple problems to get a sense of how they're structured, and represent them in multiple ways (pictures and physically, if possible).
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies I've found to be most successful when I start to work with a student is first and foremost to get to know the student - their outlook, strengths, what they feel they need help with, learning style, and personality. Then I use this information to structure tutoring to be most useful and relatable to the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In order to help a student get excited/ engaged with a subject that they are struggling in, I would think of real-world applications of the particular subject and try to relate it to the student's personal interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques that I use to be sure that a student understands the material is to have them show proficiency through multiple forms - procedural, verbal, and through a model of some sort.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by starting them out with what they know and building from there. I focus on tying new material to the previous material, and having multiple methods of solving problems so that students never feel "stuck" if they don't understand something one particular way.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student’s needs through their written work and through their perceived needs. If they feel they are struggling with a particular concept, then we break it down together and work through it. If they continue to struggle and not show their understanding, then we go over what they perceive to know, where the misconceptions lie and how to understand them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by listening to what they need and recognizing their learning strengths. If a student is more verbal, then I adjust my tutoring to be more verbal to accommodate the student. However, I always continue to tutor verbally, written, and through models/pictures because their class may not be catered to their particular learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials that I typically use during a tutoring session depends on the concepts being tutored. In general, I like to have paper, pencils, calculators, and the course-specific textbook for math tutoring. If we're working on study skills and organization, then I like to have paper, pencils, pens, folders, dividers, a binder, a planner of some sort, and post-it notes.