I am passionate about helping students because as a student myself, I understand the struggles and challenges students face on a regular basis. I would also like to help students because I have tutored before unprofessionally for friends, and at tutoring meetings at my previous college and high school, and found the experience to be rewarding. I am currently enrolled in Woodland Community College majoring in Biology. I hope to go on to study at San Francisco State University (SFSU), or University of California Berkeley in order to become a doctor, and help people in the day to day progress of their lives.
The subjects I tutor in are math, several sciences, English and literature, and history. My favorite subjects to tutor are math, history, and psychology, and biology. When it comes to my teaching philosophy, I believe that every student has their own style and needs, and I'd love to help them figure out themselves and whatever subject they are struggling with. I can also speak fluent sign language, and basic Spanish.
In my free time, I love to read and listen to music. I also love to travel, and go on road trips with my friends and family. I enjoy pursuing an active lifestyle, which involves hiking and working out regularly.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Woodland Community College - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
I love to read in my spare time, and listen to music. I have a large, and growing, record collection. I enjoy going hiking, and traveling with my friends and family.
American Sign Language
Anatomy & Physiology
AP US History
College Level American History
High School Level American History
IB Theatre HL
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has their own way to learn material, so as long as I provide the basic knowledge, I can adjust to their own personalized learning style. I think that with enough time and attention, all students can succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk over with the student on their thoughts about the subject or subjects they need help in, and try to figure out their weaknesses while we familiarize ourselves with each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by showing them tricks and tips to solve problems or answer questions. I can also help guide the student through the material, but let them do the work for themselves, and make sure they're clear on the information they're learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by making sure to address their strengths and progress, while also still working on their weak areas. I would also help keep a student motivated by switching up my teaching methods, and taking appropriate breaks from the material when I feel the student might need a refresher.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go over the skill/concept as often as they need, and try different methods to see if they grasp it better with a new method.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help break down the story with them, and talk them through it. Perhaps I'd even have them rewrite or rephrase the parts they are struggling with so it is better suited to their understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To figure out their weaknesses and strengths by covering basic material, and then focusing on their weak areas.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in by trying to make our tutoring time together fun, but active in focusing on the work, and try to make the concepts or problems they're struggling with easier for them so they may be able to fully engage in it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would utilize both online quizzes/tests, and my own question sets for the student, to make sure the student understands the material. Also, I'd let them work on their own, and review their work to see how they did.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in a subject, I would congratulate them on their strengths within the subject, and when they finally grasp a concept or get a good grade on an assignment/test. It would help them see their own progress.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs by talking to them about what they are struggling with, and seeing how they are going through the material for myself, so I may judge what the best study methods are for them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'd adapt to my student's needs by appealing to whether they are a visual learner or not, bringing in supplies for them, such as a portable whiteboard, or giving them tips on studying methods. I would also adapt to my student by helping them pick the best work environment for themselves so they may achieve maximum potential with energy and focus.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I'd use in a typical tutoring session would be pen/pencil, my own paper, notes on the material the student is studying, a portable whiteboard (if the usage applies), and the online learning tools via computer or my phone.