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I first started teaching in high school as a teaching assistant for a Mandarin school. I was excited to go to class each day to see my students and teach them something new. I started tutoring as a junior in high school, and haven't stopped since. I am inspired my my students' motivation to learn, curiosity, and the joy that each of us get when they finally understand a concept. I seek to empower students and give them the tools they need to feel confident when learning.

Outside of tutoring, I am an undergraduate biochemistry student at UCLA. I enjoy baking, sports, and being in nature. I also have a passion for good food.

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Sophie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 33

SAT Composite: 2270

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 750


I love soccer, baking, and hiking!

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Writing

College English



High School English

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I seek to empower students by giving them the tools they need to succeed on their own. Whether it's their favorite subject or not, I want students to feel confident about solving problems. I seek to spark curiosity and to open up new worlds through teaching.

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

I would take a little bit of time to get to know the student and their goals for tutoring. Then I would perform some diagnostics to see what level they are at and where they need help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I see making mistakes as the key to independent learning because that is when we learn the best.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

For younger students, I like to give little rewards such as stickers or treats. For older students, I think that reminding them of how far they've come is really motivating.

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

I would try my best to explain it in different ways and give them many examples. Oftentimes I find that relating concepts to a student's life and their interests is a good way to help them relate to subjects.

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

Asking questions is best to help get them thinking about passages. For reading comprehension, often practice makes perfect. It is about understanding what the question is asking.

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

I have found that being energetic and positive, providing plenty of resources, and periodically checking in on understanding is key when working with a new student.

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

I think that relating it to their own life is a good way to get them excited about a subject. Say a student really likes sports but isn't so crazy about math. I would try to relate the math concepts to sports.

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

Often a teacher can tell when the student has mastered material--you can see the understanding in their eyes and hear the confidence in their voice. I think that giving quizzes and homework assignments is also a good way to evaluate mastery.

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

I would build a students confidence by showing them how far they've come and how much they really know.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I believe that asking the student what they need is the first step. Doing diagnostic tests in the beginning is also helpful, and reviewing their homework/notes is a good way to see if there are any gaps in understanding.

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

I have tutored many different age groups. Being able to evaluate what kind of tutor a student needs is key. For younger students, I like to make it fun and hands-on. For older students who are more stressed about learning a subject, I like to emphasize encouragement.

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

For younger students I use a lot of markers and paper, as well as props. For older students, white boards are helpful for working through problems together.

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