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I am passionate about education and learning. Furthermore, I believe in instilling a passion for lifetime learning to my students. One way I instill this passion is by being a model lifetime learner for my students. For instance, when I teach, I will often demonstrate inquiry by asking questions alongside students to get them to think and generate their own ideas. I believe that every child can reach their learning potential with high expectations and goal-setting, the necessary support and opportunities, and a caring environment.

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, Economics

Graduate Degree: UCLA Anderson School of Management - Masters, MBA

Test Scores

GMAT: 720


Photography, soccer, ping pong, foodie, sushi, theme parks, karaoke, guitar, travel

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

AP Chinese Language and Culture


College Algebra

College Business

College Economics

Conversational Mandarin


GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

High School Business

High School Economics

IB Economics

IB Economics HL

IB Economics SL



Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2


SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

One size does not fit all... each student has unique learning styles, so the teaching should adapt to the student. I aspire to find a way to clearly communicate concepts to students in a way that makes sense to them.

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

I would ask the student to think about and write down their learning goals. Without goals, it is hard to measure progress, and also hard to feel motivated to work hard towards something unless it is concrete.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can teach students to set goals and ask questions first, all before I step in to help.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would share many stories of people achieving their goals and overcoming struggles (including my own).

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

I would identify the lack of understanding and determine whether or not we simply need to review, or take a fresh approach to the concept to be learned. Also, sometimes you have to go back to basics.

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

First, building a relationship through casual conversation is critical. Also, I have found that listening carefully and asking questions to dig at the biggest problem areas helps to focus the lessons and be more targeted with our time and effort.

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

To engage a student who is struggling with a subject, I would review more basics to restore the student's confidence and build up to the tougher questions. Nothing builds confidence more than repeated successes.

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

For a short passage, it helps to read through it more than once. If it is for a test question, reading the question first can help to guide what to look for in the passage so that the student is actively engaged in reading, rather than just passively browsing through it.

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

One of the best ways to make sure a student understands the material is to test with similar questions. Another method is to allow the student to teach me how to solve a problem and apply the lessons I have taught.

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