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Irene

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I am from Portland, Oregon! I am a mechanical engineering graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. I spent my summer after graduation traveling all over the world. I love to draw, paint and get hands on with DIY projects, and love to learn foreign languages and cultures as well. I am an avid swimmer and runner and love the outdoors!

Irene’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2200

SAT Math: 740

SAT Writing: 730

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 770

SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 700

Hobbies

Art, Languages, Swimming, Hiking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Art

Biology

College Application Essays

College Biology

Conversational Mandarin

Conversational Spanish

Drawing

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Geometry

German 1

German 2

Handwriting

High School Biology

High School Physics

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Math

MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Statics and Dynamics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have taught swim lessons for 4 years and tutored elementary school students all the way up to college students, in subjects ranging from history to math to English. I believe in tailoring lessons to a student's needs and relating problems to real-world situations to give subjects relevance.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I have a bunch of studying and problem-solving strategies that I hope to pass along to students!

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

It's important to recognize the purpose of a reading comprehension assignment prior to reading. This helps establish context for the problem.

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

I would practice fundamental concepts and other problems to ensure they know the material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I always ask what the student thinks they want to focus on, and walk through the problems step-by-step to assess if there are other things the student needs help with.

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

I would go over similar problems with the student to see if they can implement the strategies we went over to different scenarios.