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Kimberley

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I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from St. Mary's College of California in 2015 and my Associates degree in Biology from Diablo Valley College in 2013.

Currently, I am working full time at Fusion Academy as a math and science teacher for 6-12, but my true goals and focus is in Entrepreneurship.

My experience with tutoring in the past has been mostly with family friends children and younger siblings. I have been tutoring mostly in mathematics since 2009. I also have experience tutoring in English, Spanish, Writing, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1-4, and Study Skills. My personal favorite subjects to tutor is mathematics. I find it easy to explain, and I also have enjoyed math the most throughout school. My tutoring style centers around seeking to understand the root of the confusion or lack of understanding. I can teach all of my knowledge, but if I don't understand how my client learns best, then all of my teaching may be futile. I believe in seeking to understand before being understood. As a tutor, I hope to connect with students in a way that boosts their confidence and knowledge in a particular subject. I find great joy when I see other people succeed!

Some things outside of academics that I enjoy are reading, hiking, cooking/baking (obviously eating too), talking with people and being involved in community based groups. I find joy in sowing into others and serving in anyway I can. As a person, I am silly and very friendly. I love to make new friends! All my friends would describe me to be a strong role model for the youth and having a warming spirit with everyone I encounter.

Kimberley’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Saint Marys College of California - Bachelors, Biology, General

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, hiking/walking, and talking with people to build a relationships/connections

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Art

Chemistry

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Geometry

Handwriting

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Homework Support

Languages

Marine Biology

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Science

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in seeking to understand. I can impart all the information I know, but if I do not connect with my student, then I'm just making noise. I seek to understand what it is that is not being comprehended before I seek to be understood.

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

Get to know how much the student knows, what their strengths are, what they are having trouble in, and why they do not understand certain topics.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By checking comprehension throughout the session.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By giving words of encouragement and setting them up for success.

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

I'd start with simple questions/work that lays out the basics of the topic, and then gradually begin harder questions in order to get them up to pace.

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

I section the reading into parts and help them extract the most important things being said; then, at the end of the reading, look back to each extracted point to put together the main point of the entire reading.

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

Understanding their learning styles, what they know, and what they don't know in a particular subject.

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

By giving a positive reward for every right answer (mostly foods like candy or chips).

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

I'd have them explain to me the process as they figure out a problem and/or have them do a problem all on their own.

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

I reassure them that they KNOW the material and give words of encouragement for answers they give, regardless of it's wrong. It is important to acknowledge they are trying!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate their weaknesses in a subject and work around what makes sense to them. I can't force my train of thought on them if they don't see the problem through my lenses.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By being aware of how quickly they understand my way of teaching and their learning styles.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Paper, pen, and verbal direction