I'm a student at Columbia University studying philosophy and business management. I hail from a private school in southern California, and have plenty of experience with both sides of the learning process. I love making tutoring an enjoyable and interactive experience for students, so that they truly get the most out of the time we have. I tutor the SAT, as well as various levels of math, Spanish, and Chinese.
As someone with two years of previous experience tutoring in chemistry and Spanish, I've learned to develop the mindset necessary to understand my students' knowledge acquisition processes and tailor my tutoring to help them the best that I can.
It can take a surprising amount of audacity to be a listener. Being able to listen and pick up on the ways in which students acquire knowledge and information is one of the quintessential ways that I like to tutor on an individual basis. This is my tutoring philosophy: without first listening and picking up on how students are struggling, it is difficult to construct an experience that is personal and engaging. Thus, I believe that the key to becoming a successful tutor is always keeping in mind the varying needs of each person I am assisting.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Current Undergrad, Philosophy and Business Management
SAT Composite: 2370
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 770
Reading literature and poetry, writing, graphic design, photography, swimming
AP Music Theory
High School English
Mandarin Chinese 1
Mandarin Chinese 3
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Listening is extremely important. Picking up on what individual students are struggling with is a key component of making the tutoring experience worthwhile. Therefore, I try to engage with my student and take these factors into consideration before tailoring my tutoring to his or her own needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will get to know the student first! Developing a personal relationship with whomever I'm tutoring will make the experience enjoyable and more productive. We can talk about hobbies, interests, and what the student wishes to get out of the tutoring process.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Not providing too many answers right away helps the student really think about the problem at hand. Dropping hints is helpful in demonstrating how certain questions can be worked through, and talking to the student about the actual process needed to solve a problem is necessary for them to develop an independent ability to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Fun activities like games, as well as getting to know the student personally, will make the tutoring session become more personal and enjoyable rather than something that the student sees as arduous and obligatory. I look forward to getting to know my students!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first pay attention to what part of the certain concept or question they are struggling with to see what parts of the knowledge acquisition process I need to really focus on. Then, I would instruct them and ask them to apply that skill to certain real-life contexts so that I solidify the student's understanding of the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension, I think that the best solution is developing an interactive reading experience alongside the student. We can analyze passages together, making sure that the student is paying attention to the main questions or topics that the text is addressing, and then discuss how we can use that information to answer reading comprehension problems. Developing the skill of critical reading is important for many future endeavors!