Reflecting on my educational experiences, I appreciate the immeasurable impact that teachers
make on the lives of young people. I also realize that the skills and knowledge acquired in the
classroom, will be used by young people throughout life. Therefore, as a teacher, I hope to be a
role model that cultivates in young people, open minds, the knowledge and ability to look at the
world critically, and the belief in ones capacity to make positive contributions to society.
A little bit about myself; I've worked with numerous amounts of students to better their educational needs. I am currently a second year college student at the University of California, Riverside. I was in all the honor clubs and societies since high school and I was on the varsity tennis team for 4 years. I have also been doing mission work with my church for the past 5 years in the Navajo Reservation and Tijuana, Mexico.
Overall, my goal is to use the best of my abilities to help the student develop necessary skills in whatever subject needed and to acquire the knowledge to be successful later on in life.
University of California-Riverside - Current Undergrad, Mechanical Engineering
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has the ability to learn all the materials needed to be successful in each school subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first introduce myself and then get to know them. After that I would start to figure out what the student is currently learning and what he/she got on previous tests. Then, I would start with material that they have the most trouble with and then I would review the material they already know.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would do my best to not assist the student too much. Meaning I will help them only if they have attempted the problem numerous times with failure instead of giving them the answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by making the tutor sessions fun and interactive so that the student would have the desire to learn more. Once they have the desire to learn more, they'll notice their progress, which in turn will make them even more motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would help the student using examples in which they can understand and can relate to the problem at hand. Then, I would have them read key points in their book where they can learn each concept with my guidance.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that becoming the student's friend and not just their teacher can create a positive atmosphere in which both sides can enjoy and learn the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would offer praise and acknowledge the students’ accomplishments. I would also always start with a positive statement, and then I would add on by referring to what they need to work on.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make the exercise fun and interactive so that the student can have fun and can fully understand the material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would constantly review material that the student feels is completely understood. More practice with understood material will help the student master the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I first have to adapt to their personality and style of learning. From there, adapting to the student's need becomes easier, because I have familiarized myself with them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically have every needed material prepared before the tutoring session even begins. This way I am fully prepared to assist the student with whatever he/she needs.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I do not rush them. I would have them go at their own pace until they improve, and then the pace increases from there. The student's needs and pace are top priority.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I first ask the student what they feel is currently needed. Then I would take control from there and evaluate their needs based on what they've said.