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Hey everyone! My name is Gordon Lai and I love helping people work towards achieving their academic goals in motivated, effective, and sometimes even fun ways!

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. Over the years, I have accumulated a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in some of the most demanding subjects. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve even greater levels of academic success!

Gordon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Peace and Conflict Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2150

SAT Math: 760

SAT Writing: 720

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 730

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listenng: 790

Hobbies

Dance, Photography, and Card Tricks

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Cantonese

College Algebra

College Computer Science

Computer Science

Conversational Mandarin

High School Computer Science

Homework Support

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Python

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is just as much about learning about the student as it is about learning the subject. There is no way to effectively instruct without rigorously consulting and accepting the unique needs and learning preferences of the student.

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

I'd build trust and honest friendship.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Ironically, my goal is for students to not have to rely on my services anymore -- that is the sign true progress. The ultimate goal in each session is not to just help the student, but help the student help themselves through the development of effective study and learning habits that they can rely on for a lifetime.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students are motivated in unique ways -- it's my job to analyze what makes them tick and incorporate that in my lessons. The three things I like to adjust a lot are Pace, Difficulty, and Creativity. Changing up the lessons every so often keeps students on their toes and interested.

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

I would do everything in my capacity to get to the core of what makes the concept difficult to understand for the student through clear communication. Understanding why it is difficult makes it become clear what needs to be done, so that it is no longer so.