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Bijan

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I received my Bachelors degree in English and Theatre Arts from UC Davis in 2013, with honors, and have worked in various roles in the theatre and music world. I'm an avid reader and writer, and history buff.

I'm currently working on a degree in Music Technology and privately tutoring students in English and guitar.

As someone who initially struggled to pick up a musical instrument, I understand the patience and dedication it can take to learn and master a subject that may seem complex or intimidating. I'll be there to help you get to where you want to be in your respective subject, and then some.

Cheers!

Bijan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, English and Theatre

Hobbies

Guitar, Singing, Cooking, Writing, Reading, Composing, Soccer, Yoga

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

AP Music Theory

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Guitar

High School English

Literature

Music

Other

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students learn best when they are both challenged and engaged, with encouragement along the way. I want to take students to where they want to be and then some.

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

I would get to know a little about the student and what they are looking to get out of tutoring. We would pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses and potentially do some assessments. From there, depending on the student's goals, we would take a look their goals and make a plan of attack from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By engaging the student and making them interested and challenged by the work, the students will find the drive to independently become better!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would provide a combination of encouragement and challenge. I would also be there for them as both a mentor and friend, helping them along their path.

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

We would take a moment a go over the problem areas, looking for what exactly they are tripping up on. From there, I would find the best way to relate the information to them, using different techniques if necessary.

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

We would begin by breaking down the basic facts of the material (what style of writing, the author, the period, point of view, etc.), and then we would move to examining sentences and paragraphs. Students often mistake speed for comprehension, so I would be sure to emphasize understanding of the material! We would examine syntax, grammar, vocabulary, and the general message of the sentence or paragraph.

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

I get to know the student and relate to them. I may crack a few jokes to make them comfortable! Tutoring is a personal endeavor and requires trust. I want my students to be comfortable and eager to learn!

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice makes perfect. We would work diligently on the material to the point where it becomes intuitive to the student. Once a student can teach me a subject without extensive effort, I know they are effective in that subject. If a student is intimidated by a subject and, as a result, lacks confidence, we will demystify and break down that subject.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use a computer with internet access as well as a pen and paper. I may use some writing samples or a novel if on hand.

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

I would relate the subject to their interests or point of view and explore what the subject has to offer them.

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

I would have the student teach me the material. I would also quiz them to see how intuitive the material is to them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I talk to them and get through to them by discussing their goals and their strengths/weaknesses.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I listen to what the student is in need of or struggling with and tailor my approach to them.