I received a BS in chemistry from SUNY Binghamton. After teaching abroad for two years, I have decided to attend graduate school. I will be pursuing a Master's in chemical engineering at UCLA. I have six years of tutoring and classroom experience. As an instructor, I work closely with the students and parents to ensure academic improvement. I create lesson plans with specific application questions designed to enhance students' understanding of material. I also like to build good rapport with my students and help them succeed by passing on study tips. My favorite topics are mathematics and chemistry. Specific math subjects that I teach are algebra 1&2, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus. I am also able to teach high school chemistry and college level. Lastly, I am familiar with regents exam, AP exams, and SAT chemistry. Best, Tiffany
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe everyone has the potential to reach beyond his or her intended limits. Giving up is never an option because practice makes perfect. If one keeps at something, one will surely understand it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by acquiring the skills to review and analyze lecture materials, as well do extra problem sets on his or her own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To remind the student the ultimate goal he or she sets for himself or herself. It can be hard to stay focused because of many failed attempts, but it is important to never give up. Hard work eventually bears fruit.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Sometimes a given source, such as a designated textbook, is not the best material to learn from. There are many excellent alternative sources that help the student understand the concepts. Interactive materials or videos are usually good learning aids. Providing simple analogies or real-life situations are also very helpful.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This varies depending on the student and subject, however most of them are review books. I find that review books simplify and highlight all the important concepts. It serves as a supplement to the textbook or other sources that go deeper into the topics. I also encourage the student to do many practice problems as a way to reinforce the material, especially before a test.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would provide simple analogies or real-life situations. Diagrams and videos are also helpful if the student is a visual learner. Some concepts may require physical visuals such as using a molecule set.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Students should be able to explain the concepts if they understand them. It is often helpful to teach their peers. They should also do more problems that require critical thinking and analyzing instead of questions that only require memorization.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students can be discouraged and unmotivated because they don't understand the material, which oftentimes leads to giving up. I want to help them find the right study methods and boost their confidence in the subject.