While I was pursuing my master's degree in Baylor University, I had also been a biology lab instructor for 3 years. I have taught a total of 19 classes and had around 500 students. I always was well prepared for each class, presented lectures in an intriguing way, and made sure that every student was learning the materials. I helped them throughout the process by showing them examples and answering every question they had. I was, and I encouraged myself to keep being, a patient, friendly, and passionate instructor.
During my undergraduate years in China, I kept tutoring as my part-time job. All the tutor sessions were conducted in my students' homes. I devoted a lot of efforts to make students interested and occupied in the subject, and set the goal of seeing progress in them after every class.
I have a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy, a master's degree in Biology and an ongoing master's degree in Healthcare Administration.
I like books, movies, yoga, and dogs. I am a very friendly and outgoing person, and I am always ready to help others with my maximum capability.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wuhan University - Bachelors, Pharmacy
Graduate Degree: Baylor University - Masters, Biology, General
GRE Quantitative: 166
Reading, watching movie, swimming, exercising
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Always be patient and friendly; know each student well so I can adjust teaching speed, method, and materials; encourage students to ask questions; never pretend to know or explain things that I am not sure of.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd get to know the student to find out the teaching method that best suits the student, encourage the student to ask questions, and build up for future sessions with interesting and fundamental topics.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will provide questions/problems to solve for students and let them do the work, which will encourage active learning and increase their self-confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Autonomy is the key. I will encourage and help students to discover their interest in the subject, explore more problems and questions through their own efforts, and let them see any progress they make in the process.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will stay patient and simplify/break down the concepts until he/she understands. I will go back to a small/fundamental knowledge, which is crucial for understanding that specific concept. After he/she gets it, we can move to the next step again.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Before the reading, I will preview the selection and activate students' background knowledge. During reading, I will ask the students to monitor for meaning and pose questions of themselves about their reading. If necessary, I will do the readings with them and ask them questions like "Does this make sense?" constantly, and if it doesn't make sense, I will stop right there and explain it to them. After reading, I will encourage them to summarize the content and relate it to themselves or something that they already know.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
After teaching a student certain concepts, I let them solve multiple problems based on the concepts to make sure that they really understand. I also like to review the important materials learned in previous classes to keep the knowledge fresh.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will never try to force them to learn the advanced/challenging materials at the beginning. Gaining confidence in themselves is crucial for them to get interest in the subject. I will start with simple concepts and test them with easy problems so that they know they can do it. I will also find more exciting topics to teach them before we move on to the higher level.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think it would be helpful to test them with questions related to the material or let them briefly teach me something about the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I will constantly use phrases, like "Good job, "Very well done," and "Excellent" whenever they correctly answer or finish a question. I will also give them relatively simple/easy to solve problems so that they won't get intimidated by the difficult materials.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I think evaluating a student's needs should be done throughout the teaching process, because it gives you a picture of how the student is learning/absorbing the materials so that you can adjust your teaching style and speed accordingly. I will ask them related questions regularly, giving them homework/presentations if necessary and encouraging them to ask me questions whenever they have them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Based on different students' needs, or one student's needs in a different time period, I will adjust my teaching speed, style, and materials I use.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Students' textbooks, online resources, PowerPoints, and diagrams.