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Sangavi

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I am currently a masters student in chemical engineering at the University of California Riverside. I want to be a tutor so that I can gain teaching experience. My goal is to become a professor and thus I'm heavily interested in tutoring students in chemistry and math.

I thoroughly enjoy helping students on their various homework assignments. Even now I like helping my classmates during our study group sessions and would find helping students master math and chemistry fulfilling. I have a lot of school and work experience that I can draw on to give students perspective while they learn.

I would describe my personality as warm, quirky, serious, and collected. I like to work out 3-5 times a week with spin, step, or strength training. I read either romance novels or social justice articles (staying "woke" you know). I also like watching anime, typically Shonen.

Sangavi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Masters, Chemical Engineering

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 164

GRE Verbal: 159

Hobbies

Working out, anime, reading romance novels, volunteering, eating


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe subjects should be taught with clarity and open communication. Providing students with a variety of examples for each type of problem is a must. I also think more background and perspective on the significance of rules/theorems makes STEM subjects easier to learn.

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

Well before I even go to the session, I'll probably contact the student to see if there is a particular topic they want to address. At the session, I will be ready with necessary materials and examples to guide the student. I believe practice is key to learning STEM. It's a skill, just like anything else.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would pass on all the things I did during grade school and even now during college to learn/study subjects I wasn't an expert in. Research, research, research. I would read about the interested subject from multiple sources. That gives me different perspectives on what the subject is and allows me to create my own idea.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would steadily remind the student that the ability to do well in math and science is not an innate skill. I always practiced before any exam, and it was through steady practice that I was able to perform well in STEM during school.

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

I would try to find different ways of explaining the same idea. I would also show different examples. Sometimes it just clicks randomly (that's happened to me as well).

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

If I was a reading tutor, I would ask the students to read passages, and I would patiently correct them as they read. Or I would advise students to read books that they like for fun. I would also read to them and make sure they are paying close attention.