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For three years, I have taught math and science at a facility in Rowland Heights known as Advanced Math and Education on Sundays (and weekdays during the summer). Since this facility only teaches students for half the week, I like to fill the rest of my week teaching more students and helping them to reach their academic goals.

My high school education includes a diploma from John A. Rowland High School as well as an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the IB Programme. Now I am an aspiring doctor currently studying at the University of California, Irvine for a B.S. in Biological Sciences.

My interests include cooking, culture, cinema, and all things science.

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Vivian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor of Science, Biological and Physical Sciences

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2150

SAT Writing: 780


Cooking, Fashion and Beauty, Cultural Studies

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in personalizing education among my students. Since every student has their own individual way of learning, I try my best to personalize my teaching in order to cater to the best interests of my student.

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

My first session with a student would include a brief set of problems to see where I may start, including review of prior concepts.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching a student how to read through the examples provided in a textbook, I can teach the student to learn on their own accord.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I can help a student stay motivated by reassuring them that I am here for them and by knowing my enthusiasm for their learning, hopefully, the student will feel the same.

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

I would try to teach the concept in a different way. If lecturing doesn't work, I will try to use an analogy. If an analogy doesn't work, I will try to explain it in more detail and etcetera.

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

I have helped those who are international students, and I find that they learn best when one points out the words that they know, and have them figure out the pattern for themselves.

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

I find that making the lesson into a conversation really help students to fully grasp the subject, as I can understand where they are at in their learning.

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

Constant reaffirmation that a student understands the material is crucial. So to be sure, I start them off easily with a simple question so that they know the basics of the concept, and then move on to harder questions that still deal with the concept but may be worded in a tricky way.

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