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I would like to help them to improve their skills on mathematics and science classes. Furthermore, I love tutoring students because I like me to meet new people and interact with them while I encourage them to become more confident when dealing with difficult subjects.
Through my experience, I appreciate the function and goals that mathematics and science offer to people. Also, I have worked as a private mathematics and physics tutor. In addition, I have worked as a mathematics tutor for the Math Lab at City College of San Francisco. In college, I took lots of math, physics, geology, and engineering classes, which allowed me to obtain a strong background in science and mathematics. Having a good understanding on these subjects and working in the field allows me to help students better. For instance, I have developed different methods to teach students, so they can understand math and science easily. Some times professors are not able to explain every single detail in class so students get confused and frustrated. I would like to help those students to find answers to their questions by sharing with them my experience in mathematics and science.
In addition to my experience, I have other personal qualifications. I am a very patient tutor with students. When I tutor people, I try to break steps down for them and I show them the critical steps as well. This technique helps students to learn basic ideas so they can follow them until they are able to understand more complex ones. I am a very flexible person. Since different students have different ways of learning and some of them require special attention, I show students how to approach math and science problems more than one way. I am an excellent team player. Working in teams is very important in Engineering, most engineering projects get done by working and communicating with other people. I have a lot experience working with others in laboratories, classrooms, and presentations. I am very caring. I care about my students and about their grades. I always make sure I provide people with answers to their question. Helping students to develop confidence in mathematics and science is one of main goals.
I would love to be hired to tutor students because working with them will allow me to have more experience and to help them to succeed in their studies. At the same time, I will be assisting them in their weakness areas so students can move forward in their studies.

Oswaldo’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: San Francisco State University - Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Hobbies

I am interested in earthquakes, geology, engineering, photography, dance, and music. My hobbies are math, physics, sports, dance, café, walk around the city, photography, and ride a bike.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Students need to be hungry about getting knowledge about the subject, instead of worrying about grades.

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

I would ask him which areas he has difficulties in. I would work on this area in order for him to move forward.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I tell students to visualize the problem before to begin answering the question. At the same time, I share skills on how to develop different strategies before approaching answering a question. I give different answer choices, and I will tell them to try answering the question in order for them to find the correct answer. Forcing students to try answering allows them to work towards being confident and independent later in their studies.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Give a student different questions to work on, and mix different problems that relate to the same concept of the subject matter. Also, it is important to tell a student ahead of time during a time frame, that they will learn this concept. They will be ready to move to next level if they put effort into learning this concept. Encourage each student to work on the subject, so later when they are alone, they can work alone.

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

I have to be patient explaining the subject, repeat the steps more than one time. This way the student is able to visualize and follow along with how to solve a question. Sometimes, drawing a picture is important, as it allows students to see the question in different ways. Each student has a different way to learn the subject, so it is important to find different ways to explain the subject matter for each student.

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

It is important for a student to find the meaning of big words that they don't the meaning of. Also, I ask students which sentences they are able to understand. Knowing the meaning of each sentence and word, helps students to comprehend the entire paragraph.

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

Strategies that I found to be more successful is explaining the subject matter to a student so that it sounds important. The student will be comfortable following an expert's steps, rather than having someone who is confused on the subject matter. Having a good sense of humor and being relaxed is important, because it allows students to be more friendly and comfortable working with a tutor or a teacher.

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

I would ask why he does not like the subject, and change his point of view so that the particular subject is actually very interesting.

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

By asking what he feels confident in and what he would like to learn more about.

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

Asking him if he feels comfortable, followed by asking what would make him feel more comfortable.

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

Whiteboard, paper, pencil, calculator, book, ruler, and eraser.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking him which areas he has weaknesses in, and what areas he needs a boost in.

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

Give him a small quiz or practice problems.