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I'm a San Diego native from Chula Vista looking for both local and online tutoring opportunities. I have three years of professional classroom teaching experience and six years of tutoring experience. I have experience teaching math, economics, programming and english as a second language (ESL).

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Phillip’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Economics

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 700


Programming, web development, auto repair, reading, music.

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

AP Economics

AP Microeconomics


College Algebra

College Business

College Economics

College English

Conversational Mandarin




High School Business

High School Economics

High School English




Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1






Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The role of a teacher is to enable student learning. It is my job to create interesting lessons and activities in order to maximize student motivation and minimize student frustration. Learning is actually enjoyable when your learning materials and lessons don't take all the fun out of it.

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

My first lesson is all about getting to know the student and discovering how I can best help them. I would like to know how the student feels about the subject and why, as well as what areas they feel they struggle with the most. After talking about this I can craft a learning plan that is tailored to the student's needs and goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Usually when a student finally finds a tutor, they are already frustrated, discouraged, and demotivated. The first step is to rebuild their confidence through carefully tailored lesson plans and repetition. The second step is to revive their interest in the subject by crafting interesting examples and guiding interesting conversation about the topic. Once a student's confidence and interest in a subject are restored, the student is fully capable of tackling the subject himself or herself. At this point, my role is to help them through difficult or confusing topics so that the frustration and discouragement does not return.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

You need to maintain the student's confidence in their ability to learn the material, and then make the subject matter to the student through discussion and good examples.

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

My main strategy when encountering difficulty with a topic is to break the problem down into more manageable pieces. Once the student is able to grasp these smaller concepts, then I walk the student through how these small concepts fit together. Then I create more examples to allow the student to solve similar problems on their own.

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

Breaking a passage down into smaller parts and using a questioning, Socratic approach to coach the student through the main ideas can solve usually reading comprehension problems. With practice, students develop this ability naturally. If the student is an ESL learner, then I also review any vocabulary or grammar structures that may be causing the student difficulty.

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

This really depends on the individual student and their learning style, but one strategy that I focus on with all students is aiming at building confidence first. Confidence prevents discouragement and helps maintain student motivation. Once that is in place, the student's improvement accelerates quickly.

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

It depends on why they are struggling. If the main reason is that the student finds the topic boring, then I do what I can to find examples of the topic in practice from the real world, so that students can better relate to the material. If the student is demotivated because they feel the subject is too hard, then I will work to build confidence by choosing exercises that are more appropriate to their level, then gradually ramp up to the more advanced material they wish to learn.

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

Firstly, I treat my lessons as a discussion, so the students are constantly engaged in the material. During review segments of my lessons, I have student enough time to explain the material back to me as if I was a new learner.

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

I employ many strategies to build student confidence, depending on their level and the amount of time we have spent on a given topic. If the topic is too hard, I will come up with more simple questions or examples so that the student can better understand. Once the student is familiar with the material, I will frequently ask follow up questions that allow them to reinforce their understanding of the material. Finally, when students are ready, I have them demonstrate their mastery by teaching the material back to me.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I encourage open and honest discussion about the student's feelings about the course subject as well as my lessons. In addition to this, I constantly monitor which kinds of exercises and activities work best in class to that I can structure my lessons in a way that best suits the student's learning style.

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

I have taught many topics, age groups, and class sizes, so I have developed a great deal of flexibility in my teaching style. Adapting to a student's needs is as simple as always evaluating what works and doesn't work in a lesson and adapting so that the next lesson is always better than the last.

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

This depends largely on the subject and the student's goals for a tutoring session. I am comfortable using both student provided materials (such as a school textbook) and my own materials.

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