I love learning and teaching! I enjoy learning because it interesting to discover new ideas and fun to understand how things work. I'm currently working on a Masters in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering, but I enjoy to work on mathematics and study other sciences including biology and physics. Feel free to ask me any questions.
Undergraduate Degree: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Oregon Health & Science University - Masters, Computer Science / Electrical
What is your teaching philosophy?
We have to learn the subject together. After we understand how much of the topic you understand, then we can figure out what you're missing and work on that. It may take more than one method of approaching the problem.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
See where a student is with their current understanding of the topic. Then, answer any questions they may have about the topic. Give them reasonable answers, and then begin working on the course essentials.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
That's the aim of tutoring. Show a student how to access educational websites and which websites would be best suitable to their subject. As well as encouraging them to pursue their passion for learning by talking about practical applications and historical facts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I enjoy tutoring, so I usually do it in a lively manner and pay attention to the student. I would do my best to encourage them to elaborate on any thoughts they may have of their own on the subject, so that they may begin imagining and examine their own ideas.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask where a student is having problems with the skill or concept. Try a different approach, until one works. If not, come back to a skill after exploring an application of it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Focus on the basics. Remind them of the following: to get comfortable when reading, they should read at their own pace, and like any skill it takes time to get better. I would help them on any issues they may have when trying to comprehend a passage or a word, and then help them find resources when they read on their own to help get through.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know them. See where they have problems learning and see their strengths. Help them get better in the coursework, but encourage them to work on their own study habits and strategies.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
First, I would talk about some of the interesting and cutting edge technologies that are based on the subject. Then, explain how those studies could help whatever they're interested, by helping them understand that creativity requires knowledge and learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would conduct Q&A with the student, then create for them a quiz. Then, work on the questions they got wrong. Also I would follow up with letting them ask me any questions they might have on the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By showing them their progress and how that accumulates over time by learning the topic. Let them see that they can learn any subject, it just takes time and work.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A Q&A, a paper quiz, and by working on advanced problems. Then, of course, asking them what they need help with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By learning what your student needs first. Perhaps they are better auditory learners or visual. Understand what works best for them, and then share that with the student, but let them explain to you their needs first. After all they usually know themselves better than you do.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, internet, computer programs, Google, and educational books. Also, whatever else I might need to explain a concept.