I am a recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Science. As the oldest brother of three, I started learning how to care for my two younger sisters at an early age, including helping them with math, grammar, and other school subjects. Later on, my background helped me understand how children operate as students through my experiences of being a cabin leader at Camp Campbell Science Camp, as a mentor to two elementary school students, and finally as a teacher to 14 students in a weekly science camp program in the Summer of 2015. Whenever I am teaching, I always ensure that the student has the required background knowledge and understanding of the subject at hand before I progress onto the next step. To do this, I like to use a lot of guided examples, visuals, and finally some independent work to really gauge the student's understanding.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Management Science
SAT Math: 720
SAT Writing: 740
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 720
Reading fantasy fiction and playing the piano
Elementary School Math
High School Economics
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would ask the student questions about the subject at hand in order to assess their concurrent understanding of the subject's different concepts. I would also ask about the student's goals, what they think they need help on the most, and in which way they learn the best. Finally, using the information I gathered, I will adapt to the student's needs and help them accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will assure the student that they have the ability to be an independent learner. Then, I will provide strategies and tips I have learned from past experiences that have helped me personally. Finally, I will suggest opportunities, websites, and materials that can assist in becoming an independent learner.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty in learning a skill or concept, I will first assess what the student doesn't understand with some questions. Then I will ask how the student has learned about the concept previously. Finally, I will attempt to create a new and different strategy to teach the concept in a way the student might be able to relate to and understand better. I would not give up.