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During college, I received positive feedback from classmates and friends who I helped in math. This pushed me to become a math tutor during my first year of college. Since then, I have been tutoring continuously for about 6 years to students of different age groups, math levels, and backgrounds.

My biggest inspiration came from one of my middle school math teachers. He taught in a way that made me think about the thing that allows me to think which is my brain, and allowed me to develop my math skills. At present, I am pursuing my electrical engineering degree at Cal State Long Beach. I am a senior student and graduating in Fall 2016.

Blas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CSU Long Beach - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering


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Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Always stay professional.

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

I try to understand his or her academic background and make the student comfortable.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching him or her success principles and leadership principles.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By reminding the student about his or her goal.

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

By managing their activities. The more activities they have, the harder it is for them to concentrate on one specific activity. Probably, the student has a lot of things happening, so managing those activities will improve his or her reading success.

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

When I find the real reason why they are working with me, then it becomes easier for them to commit to their goals.

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

By saying, "The bigger the struggle, the greater is the victory."

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

I would ask the student to explain to me how to answer the problem.

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

I would say, "If a classmate has an A in the class, then you can also have an A."