I love explaining things to other people. This stems from my love of telling stories. Talking with people and learning more about them are my passions. Tutoring gives me the opportunity to not only meet new people, but to give these students key advice and help that I have learned over the last 12 years as a student. I will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall, pursuing a computer science degree, so I can also offer support in many technological fields, as well. One of the main advantages in liking to talk to people is that I can understand what works and doesn't work for them. I am a flexible tutor and I change my teaching style based on the student's preferences and needs. I have experience tutoring through my school's tutoring program as well as teaching middle and high school students an introductory HTML course.
Throughout middle school and high school, I have worked very hard to excel in all my courses, whether it be science, math, language arts, or social studies. This broad focus allows me to help a variety of students in more than just one field. In addition, my experience in taking many assessments such as the SAT, ACT, various AP exams, and SAT subject tests enables me to offer help to those looking to complete graduation requirements.
Even though I graduated valedictorian at Wheeler High School, I am in no way defined solely by academics. I enjoy running and playing sports in my free time, as well as hanging out with friends. My secret to my success is the balance I maintain between focusing on school and focusing on other, more entertaining aspects. I hope I get the opportunity to help you in your academic endeavors!
Kar Shin’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Computer Science
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 34
SAT Math: 750
SAT Writing: 790
AP Biology: 3
AP Chemistry: 4
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 5
AP World History: 5
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 790
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 700
AP Computer Science A: 4
AP Human Geography: 5
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Practice, practice, practice. As someone who learned best through repeated practice, I believe this is the best way to learn! Having someone beside you to help you through a problem and point out your mistakes is often times more valuable than simply learning content.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask get a feel for the student by asking what classes he or she is taking, as well as his or her involvement in school functions and sports. I would then scope the amount of help needed and explain what value I can give him or her. Most of this first session would be getting to know the student as well as answering any questions he or she may have, academic or not.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would ease into a more independent learning style. Initially, the tutoring sessions would be focused more on content, so I can gauge the student's abilities, then it would move to practice and study skill application. By this point, the student should be able to effectively work through his or her own problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would blend the nitty gritty of learning with the fun, more entertaining aspects. I would show the student that his or her homework or exam questions are really just another form of useful real-world applications, related to his or her own interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Every question or concept has a simpler, more basic principle. I would show easier examples until the student is able to grasp the concept. Then, I would be able to complicate the question with more challenging elements.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would allocate some of my time tutoring this student to strengthen his reading comprehension. For whichever subject, reading comprehension is important, and I would apply it to the subject at hand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Most subjects are not as boring as the test questions they will see. Especially if the student is more of a hands-on learner, I am willing to incorporate more activities into my tutoring plans to engage the student and show him or her how the content applies to his or her interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would alternate between lecturing (explaining important concepts and correcting any misunderstandings) and practicing (having the student solve problems with minimal help).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would give him more and more problems that I believe he is capable of completing. When he shows progress, I would increase difficulty. This challenge will prove to him that he is able to do any problem with the right study skills.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I usually ask the student key questions that gauge how well he or she understands the concept. I start with basic questions and then move on to more complicated, lengthy questions. This tells me how prepared the student is with the material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
There are many different learners, but only a few types of tutors. I am very flexible in that I change my style of teaching to adapt to the student. Whether this means more hands-on activities, more practice problems, or more lecturing, I will work with the student's individual preferences and needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I love using a whiteboard to visually explain concepts to students. This allows me to draw diagrams and work out solutions where the student can easily follow.