My name is Jeremy. I am 22 years and living in Mid City Los Angeles with my girlfriend of four years. I recently graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology. I have a passion for science, education, music, the outdoors, and cooking. I consider myself qualified to teach biology and chemistry at any level below the MCAT, including AP's and Honors. I have received a 5 on the AP biology exam, and a four on the AP chemistry exam. I also feel qualified in teaching any level of high school math. I have been required to take not only science but math classes to complete my degree in Molecular Biology. I have also taken the AP calculus exam, and have received a 5. In addition, I placed well on the PSAT and SAT exams, and would feel comfortable tutoring these subjects, as well as just overall test taking skills. I have previous experience in tutoring all of the previously mentioned subjects through the Upward Bound program, in which college students tutor high school students from local underfunded schools. In addition, I have worked at an elementary school as an assistant teacher, and have worked as a camp counselor at a camp for children with special needs. I think my previous work experience speaks to my skills as a tutor. My main strength as a tutor is my patience. I know not every child learns at the same pace, and that rushing them through a concept before they are able to fully grasp it is often of little help in education. Tutors need to work at the child's pace. This is essential if you want your child to learn and grasp many essential concepts in math and science, and not just memorize it for the exam and immediately forget. This is something I have learned through my own test taking, and through my extensive work experience with children. I guarantee I will be able to improve your child's understanding of any of the subjects previously mentioned, and I look forward to working with you and your child to improve their learning abilities.
Pomona College - Bachelors, Molecular Biology
SAT Math: 740
AP Biology: 5
AP Chemistry: 4
AP Calculus AB: 5
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Something that is essential to my teaching philosophy is patience. Not every child learns at the same pace. Rushing them through a concept before they are able to fully grasp it is often of little help. Tutors need to work at the child's pace. This is essential if you want the child to grasp important concepts, and not just memorize it for the exam and immediately forget. This is something I have learned through my own test taking, and through my own work experience with children.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing to do is always assess where they are at in their understanding, and see where they may not be understanding things and where they will need help. This can be done by working through practice problems with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You have to show them that they have the ability to learn by themselves. You do this by asking the right kind of questions when working through problems. You can't just give them the right answer right away. You have to show them how to figure it out themselves by leading them with helpful questions. These will depend on the student’s level of comprehension and the subject being taught.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think something inherent in staying motivated is being confident that you can do, not feeling like they are fighting an uphill battle in learning the subject. They have to feel that learning is within their grasp, otherwise they will lose hope. It's essential to encourage them, especially if you see they are losing confidence in their abilities and themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
You have to figure out at what point in the process they are having difficulty, and just work through them with it. You have to keep them motivated, and if they are motivated to learn and better themselves, and you are able to see, after working through some problems with them and asking the right questions, where the difficulty arises, you can focus on that one issue.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
You have to read with them, and monitor their comprehension and whether they are aware when they are not comprehending something. It can also be helpful to go through and try to visualize the text, maybe through art, with the child.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A good general strategy to use when starting is to assess where a student needs help. You can do this by working through problems they would see in their classes or exams. Once you know where the student needs help, you can use many different strategies to address the issue. For example, if they are having trouble memorizing the steps involved in a biological process, you can move on to using note cards and mnemonic devices. Or you can make the student a set of practice questions that address the specific area in which the student needs help to grasp the larger concepts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
You have to first show them that they can do it. If they do not believe in themselves and their abilities because they are struggling, it is going to be impossible to teach them in a way that truly engages them. This is done with positive reinforcement and leading them through the problems with your assistance. In addition to encouraging your student, you can try and develop simple games like jeopardy as a treat for their efforts, and include small prizes as a reward.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to do this would be to have the student work through a practice assessment similar to what they would receive in their school with your student. If you see they can work through it and understand all the necessary concepts, you can be assured in their abilities to perform the same on exams and assessments in school.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You just have to work through problems with them, and show them that they can do it if they know the right process or methodology to answering the question. When they get stuck, you just have to ask the right questions; questions that push them in the right direction and show them how to approach the problem. Once they figure that out, they just need to work through it. You just have to lead them in a way that shows them that they can do it. It's also important to give them successes to keep them feeling motivated, and be sure to give positive reinforcement when they're doing both well and poorly. Negative reinforcement when they are doing poorly will only further discourage them, and further allow them to believe they cannot do it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I think it's best to just work through a set of practice problems with the student, and see the points where they need reinforcement. You have to let them work through it themselves, and let them ask questions when they need help, to see where exactly they need help.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Different students learn at different paces. You have to learn to work at the student's pace, and not to rush them through their learning process, or get frustrated at them if they are not getting something. If they do not get something using one way of looking at it, you also could just try and change the way you look at it and try and develop a new approach that caters to the student. Catering to the student’s individual needs is extremely important.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will typically use practice questions, a white board to diagram things, a relevant textbook or source, and flash cards.