In my experience, everyone I have met is naturally curious and they enjoy finding things out. Unfortunately, with all the deadlines and the pressure that comes along school, many people start to see learning as a chore. As a teacher, I use my own enthusiasm to reignite and bolster my students' passion for learning.
I have been tutoring for over ten years now. I have taught many different subjects to people of various ages. I always enjoy meeting new students and delving into a subject with them. I have taught chemistry, programming, writing, SAT, and GRE, but my specialties are physics and math. I find these subjects particularly exciting, and in a world increasingly influenced by technology, I think it's important for people to understand them.
I am a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley. During my time there I received bachelor's degrees in Physics and Astrophysics, and did research on the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. In my spare time I do a fair amount of math and physics, but also love to read, write, play video games, watch movies, skateboard, play the piano and ukulele, rock climb, hike, and camp.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Physics/Astrophysics
GRE Quantitative: 162
GRE Verbal: 166
Reading, writing, skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, playing/listening to music, and watching movies.
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
HSPT Math Prep
Middle School Science
Special & General Relativity
STAAR EOC Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The most important thing a teacher can do is to make learning fun and enjoyable. If you can accomplish that, school won't feel like work for the students, but something that they look forward to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I try to get to know my students a little better. We might talk about what they like to do outside of school, their learning style, and what it is that they would like some help with. That way I can adapt my teaching to fit their specific needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe the only way a student will become an independent learner is if they are excited about the topic they are learning. While teaching, I convey my own enthusiasm for the subject, and try to relate what they are learning to cool things in the real world.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I use a variety of methods to motivate students, including offering praise and encouragement, mixing up our activities so the session never feels stagnant or boring, and asking the student to set a goal for themselves and holding them accountable for achieving that goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I empathize with the student, letting them know that this is a very difficult concept to learn, but assuring them that it will make sense to them eventually. I think it helps to explain the concept in as many different ways as I can think of. Every explanation resonates differently with different people, so it is important to hit on many different ways of thinking about a problem.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The best thing I ever did for my own reading comprehension was learning how to paint mental pictures while I was learning. To help students develop this skill I like to tell them to imagine that they are a movie director, and they are making a movie based on the passage we are reading. As I read a passage out loud to them, I tell them to imagine what the scene in their movie is going to look like.