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I am a senior at UCSD, studying Biology and Computer Science. I have a passion for technology, science, medicine, and the ocean!

I taught swim lessons for the City of San Diego for 3 years to students of ages 2 to 60+. I hope to take my teaching experience in this realm and transfer it from swim instruction to academic subjects. I look forward to working with you!

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David’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Current Undergrad, Human Biology


Surfing, photography, swimming, the ocean, movies.

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

AP United States History

AP US History



College Algebra

College Biology

College English

College Level American History


Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History


Honors Chemistry

Life Sciences


Middle School Math




Social studies

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Break down large problems into incremental lessons and concepts that can be accomplished with certainty.

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

I'd introduce myself, gauge their interest in school/learning and identify areas in which they need help. I'd set goals for future lessons.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I'd get them excited on school and help them realize how empowering learning is. I'd give them good organizational skills/tools which will allow them to work efficiently by themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'd ensure that positive encouragement is the only kind of encouragement they receive. There is no point in making someone who is learning new material feel "dumb"; we all started somewhere.

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

I'd ask questions to identify the core issue that is causing them difficulty. I'd explain the fundamentals of this issue in multiple ways and never quit!

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

Languages are hard and that's ok! I am learning German, and I can relate to the frustration of not comprehending what you are reading. Look at each sentence, identify words you know for sure, and keep practicing.

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

Making them realize that I was them at one point in the past. There's no shame in not understanding a concept that is new to someone.

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

I'd show them real world examples of their subject being applied in ways that relate to their hobbies and personal interests.

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

I believe practice questions and practice tests are the best way of judging comprehension.

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

By showing them how far they've come by reviewing old material and achieving goals we previously set.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, take into consideration their stated needs (which subject are they requesting help in). Then, asking a series of questions, each more targeted than the previous, to pinpoint the exact idea/concept that is holding them back.

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