I am a graduate from the University of Washington, holding a BA in mathematics. I have over 1800 hours of experience tutoring students in a variety of subjects, and have improved their grades by an average of 10 percentage points.
I look forward to working with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington - Bachelors, Mathematics
Music, weiqi, reading
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Mandarin Chinese 4
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no one method that works with every student, so adjustments need to be made on a case-by-case basis. There is one thing in common for all success stories, however: the student performs better when he/she is comfortable in his/her learning environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Besides figuring out the student's level of understanding in the field, I also try to learn more about the student's learning style and personality. That will allow me to customize my methods.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The key is understanding a problem on an intuitive level, so I try to use analogies, switching them around to adjust to the student's different background. If the student still has a problem after that, I will guide them logically to the correct answer, instead of giving it to them outright.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are a number of techniques I use: 1. Give problems that are challenging to the student, but not so difficult that he/she loses confidence in his/her abilities 2. Keep the student's interest through the lesson via interesting facts, analogies and stories 3. Consistently motivate the student to think a problem through, little by little if necessary
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would attack the problem a completely different way, since the student might not understand the concept using this particular way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would talk about it to them and describe the problem in terms of pictures, since a formula-based solution is probably ineffective with such students.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
There is no particular "strategy;" just pay attention to the student's character and adjust accordingly.