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Jack

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My name is Bangquan Huang, usually people just call me Jack. I am originally from China, but I moved to the US about 5 years ago. I love this country and everything about it, and therefore I have decided to stay here.

I am currently a sophomore at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and about to graduate with my A.A. degree. In my freshman year, I got a job opportunity as a math tutor at my college. I have been tutoring math for 2 years since then. My job was majorly staying in the class and helping students who need help; I was an assistant to the professor. I loved it so much that I wanted to continue gaining new tutoring experiences.

In the fall of 2016, I will be transferring to UNF for my accounting major. I can't wait for this new adventure. I like listening to music, working out, and helping students with Math.

Jack’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida State College at Jacksonville - Associates, Accounting

Hobbies

Music, working out, and teaching math.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Chinese

AP Chinese Language and Culture

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

College Algebra

Conversational Mandarin

Intermediate Algebra

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Math

Pre-Algebra


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I usually show students how to do certain question for the first time. Then I will slowly let them do it themselves until they got the question right by themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I normally will praise my students when they get the questions right. Even though sometimes they don't do them right, I will still praise them for trying or give partial credit.

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

Being patient is a key. I will definitely be patient and try my best over and over again to explain the same concept until he/she gets it.

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

I personally think practice is the most effective way to be successful. Without practicing, it is really hard to remember the concepts. I will sit beside the student and encourage students to practice.

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

I personally like to make up 2 questions that are similar to the one he/she just did. And I will let she/him finish them by themselves without helping them. Then I check the process. If the answers are correct, then we can move on. If not, I make up more similar questions.

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

Some students think they are bad in math, but usually they are not that bad. Encourage them to keep going by praising them often. When they get it right, I always give them credits.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to encourage students to learn, because sometimes they just need a little push. And one more thing I encourage is asking questions, because it is the worst if students don't understand but are not asking questions either.

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

First, I need to introduce myself. Usually I talk about myself for a little bit, just to make them less nervous. Then I would want to know how students think about the subject, and then create strategies to help them.

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

I understand the struggles since I was in that position once. I didn't understand any English when I came to this country. I will not give up on students just because they have reading comprehension problems. I will try my best to understand them, and then try my best to make sure they understand me.

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

When students are struggling in subjects, it is really hard to make them excited.

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

Understanding what students’ needs and limits are is very important. I usually ask what the student wants to achieve and what the student doesn't want. I adjust myself in order to meet them at the middle ground and work together as a team.

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

Textbook, class notes, and if I see some helpful videos I will suggest them to students as well.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I first evaluate a student's needs by what the student is asking for. Then I will reevaluate the student's needs through the tutoring sessions, because sometimes students don't actually know what their needs are and it is my job to find them out and point them out to them.