I received a B.A. degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College. I've been actively involved in assisting and enriching in the education of young children. After graduation, I became a teaching assistant in the classroom and an academic tutor at a learning center. I then became a Substitute Elementary Teacher and continued working as a tutor for a company as part of the "No Child Left Behind" program. In addition, I've had the extraordinary experience of teaching English in South Korea to students at levels ranging from elementary to high school. Although I tutor many subjects, Math is my favorite because I love working with numbers. I am strongly passionate about enhancing the lives of children and their confidence through education, hoping that they also find an enthusiasm and appreciation in learning as I do. Besides tutoring, I enjoy traveling to various countries, practicing photography, playing basketball, and going to the movies.
Occidental College - Bachelors, Diplomacy and World Affairs
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to not only improve students' academics but to also help them find an enthusiasm and appreciation in education and the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
For my first session, I usually sit down with the parents and students to get an idea of what areas the student needs help in. Once we are set on a subject, I go over with practice problems.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Of course I would be guiding them first. I would make learning fun so a student can enjoy it and hopefully this student will become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would try to change each session and make it fun. Depending on the subject, I’ll make a small competition with the student. For instance, in reading I would encourage the student to read being timed so they can try to beat their previous time.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would give a student an easier problem and break each step down at a slower pace so they can gain a good grasp of the overall skill or concept. After that, I would keep repeating until the student can do it on their own.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I find it helpful reading with the student by taking turns reading either sentence-by-sentence or paragraph-by-paragraph. After each paragraph or page, I ask them questions about what was read. Reading with the students increases their confidence and they are able to see the pacing and fluidity.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know students at a personal level has been helpful because you can incorporate their interests and likes into the learning process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Depending on the subject, I always try to find some connection with the real world or with the student's own life. In addition, I make small competitions and certain goals for the student to reach.