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Jennalisa

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I have a M.S. in Bioengineering from UC, Riverside. In my academics, I focused on research on biomedical devices. My academic success was in large part due to my own personal love for the maths and sciences, which is just one reason that I enjoy teaching. I started in research and have found a greater passion for teaching. In recent years, I have been teaching and mentoring kids of all ages up to college. It is so very rewarding to me. I put all of my heart and soul into helping kids excel. I go above and beyond to make sure kids succeed. I am currently applying to education programs in Oregon and Washington.

I have worked with kids since I was very young, whether it was sitting/nannying or visiting young inpatients in the hospital. I discovered that I enjoyed teaching a few years ago when I volunteered at Garretson Elementary, where I mentored middle school kids, taught lectures surrounding technology and led lab experiments for 3rd-6th grade classes, and helped Kindergartners with writing/language. I have been officially tutoring with a company (ie: I have had the title) since January. My most recent experience is with grades K-5 in English/Language Arts and Math. I most enjoy tutoring in the maths and sciences and for any grade level, though I am open to tutor any subject. My teaching style varies based on each individual student's needs and I always go the extra mile to make sure that my students have fun with the activities I may have planned and follow my lessons (whether I plan it based on needs or geared toward solving homework problems). I like to establish all of this at or before the first tutoring session.

Outside of school and teaching, I have quite a broad range of interests. For one, I one day hope to travel the world (or at least Tokyo). Throughout my educational years, I studied Spanish, American Sign Language, and Japanese (I'm currently working on freshening up on these as I'm still pretty novice). I passionately love dancing, hiking, studying different cultures, and studying modern as well as alternative medicine. I love just about everything that is new: trying strange foods and learning to cook different meals. Lastly, I am always excited to meet new people and lend a helping hand.

Jennalisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Bioengineering

Graduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Masters, Bioengineering

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 154

GRE Verbal: 148

Hobbies

Running, hiking, dancing, cooking, learning languages, studying medicine, math, science, biomedical devices, volunteering.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th 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

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Biochemistry

Biomedical Engineering

Calculus 3

Cell Biology

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

College Biology

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

General Chemistry

Geometry

GRE Analytical Writing

Handwriting

High School Chemistry

Homework Support

Intermediate Algebra

Linear Algebra

Math

Middle School Math

Molecular Biology

Multivariable Calculus

Other

Physical Chemistry

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Summer

Trigonometry

Vocabulary


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every aspect of education is important and that every student learns in their own unique way. I like to figure out what it is that kids needs most help with, and how they learn best in order to assure they excel.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In my first session, I like to ask the student what they need help with and test them a bit to see where we should start. Oftentimes, we can jump into a lesson from there, and that will also give me an idea as to which direction to go in for the following sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

When first introducing a lesson, I will first guide students through it, then give them practice problems to work out on their own. Throughout this process, I will find lessons and activities that engage the students and encourage students, their questions, and reflective thinking.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I encourage students when they do well. When students feel discouraged and are struggling, I gear my lessons toward them by making activities that are fun for them and fit their learning styles.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would find another way to explain the concept or skill and provide practice for them.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I give a snippet of reading material, have them break down each sentence and paragraph, interpret the purpose and meaning of each sentence/paragraph, and answer common reading comprehension questions. I believe that practice makes perfect.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Before I began tutoring, I thought that I could make a lesson based on what the student struggled with and on their grade level. However, I quickly learned that lessons needed to be taught differently for each individual student regardless of grade level and test results. After teaching the fundamental concepts for a lesson, I give them a chance to practice with little to no guidance to ensure they understand the concept, tweak the lesson based on how they performed, provide them with activities geared toward them both in tutoring and as take-home, and continuously review and test their knowledge to make sure that they can recall the concept in the future.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I like to create activities and games that they enjoy, and give them personalized scores so that they can see their own progress. For example, the younger kids I worked with recently had fun with drawing and coloring activities, whereas the older kids had fun with point-based games and charts that would display how well they did on each question I gave them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I typically test students at the end of the session and at the start of the following session with quizzes, activities, and assignments. I have also found that it is important to test students later on as well to make sure they can recall what they learned.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I encourage students and move at a pace that accommodates their learning needs. I sometimes set goals and give them scores to show them their progress.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by discussing what they need help with, and testing them to determine what we should work on. Seeing how they perform gives me an idea for what their needs are.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I find lessons based on grade level and needs, and then alter the lesson to fit the student's needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Paper/pen or computer workspace to write out equations and draw figures, reading material if applicable, an equation sheet if applicable, a lesson for guidance, and a game or activity materials (e.g. flashcards).