I am currently an undergraduate biology major at the University of San Francisco. I am on the pre-med route and looking to become a surgeon. Outside of school, one of my favorite things to do is ballet. I have been dancing since I was four years old and still love it. I also love to bake and do art whenever I have time.
As a past member of National Honors Society, I have experience tutoring high school students in science, math, and writing. I currently tutor biology, elementary science and math, pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry, writing, college essays, and grammar. Among these, my absolute favorite subject to tutor is biology. I could happily talk about biology all day because I love learning how science is part of everything we do. I also very much enjoy tutoring algebra; I do not know why, but ever since I can remember, I have loved math. My tutoring style is to give guidance. I do not simply tell the student what to do, but rather guide them towards their own answer. I feel the best way to learn is by doing, so I like to help students with whatever they are having trouble with then have them teach it back to me.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of San Francisco - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
ballet, baking, hiking, art
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To motivate students to learn by providing a healthy and encouraging environment, and to show that learning can be fun.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would introduce myself and tell a little about myself, as well as try and get to know my student better by asking them a little about who they are. I would then ask the student if there was anything in particular that they wanted to focus on in our sessions and try to tailor the sessions towards whatever the student needs. Every student learns differently, so my goal for the first session would be to see how the student works best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I find the best way to help a student become an independent learner is to never just answer all their questions. I answer their questions with simpler questions to try and lead the student to find their own answer. This helps students to follow a similar process on their own when they are presented with a difficult problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The best way to stay motivated is to succeed through your own hard work. To keep students motivated, I would do my very best to help prepare students for class, and make them feel confident and in control of their own learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with a certain concept, I would try a new approach. All students respond differently to different explanations, so it would be a matter of finding what works best. I would try to explain it in a new way that makes sense.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Being someone who struggled with reading comprehension myself, I would first remind students that reading comprehension is tough and not to feel bad that they are struggling. Next, I would simply encourage students to stay focused while reading the passage because focus is the key to reading comprehension. Finally, I would describe how to use the process of elimination to find the best answer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to have students teach back to me. They always say the best way to learn is by teaching, so I like to instruct students, then have them repeat it back to me in order to reinforce the material.