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John

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As a recent pre-med graduate from University of California, Irvine, I am eager to begin tutoring as I apply for medical school. When I'm not studying for my MCAT, I enjoy playing basketball, playing FIFA, eating, and hanging out with friends. I am actively involved in many volunteering organizations and I am a servant at my church as well, where I first started tutoring. If you need help, I am ready to assist!

John’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Public Health Sciences

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1990

Hobbies

basketball, playing FIFA, going out to eat, hiking, hanging out with friends

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Biology

Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

Elementary School Math

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy involves actively learning with the student. If we are both unsure of an answer to a question, we both research and learn how to solve a problem.

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

Introduce ourselves and reach a point where we are both in our comfort zones. This way, the environment is perfect for learning, and more importantly, making mistakes and learning from them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is important for the student to research answers rather than the tutor telling the student the answer or a method to reach the answer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The best motivation is achieving results. When I am the one that is being tutored, I get much more excited about a class when I was actually getting answers right both at home during practice, and during exams in my class.

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

I like to break down the question into simpler parts. Often, confusing language can be reduced significantly in a question. Once the question is clearer, the answer will be more easily achieved.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by what they tell me they do not understand and by the questions they answer incorrectly. This shows that these concepts need to be reinforced.

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

Every student is different, but all are capable of learning everything that they are asked to learn. Students learn better in different ways, such as through visual learning, active learning, or even passive learning.

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

I use practice questions, notes, and PowerPoint presentations.

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

Staying positive, being persistent, and a lot of practice problems.

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

I would apply the question or subject to an interest or hobby of theirs.

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

I use practice tests and have the student pretend to give a lecture to me!

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

I do this by starting off with easier problems to make sure the basics are achieved, and then slowly increase difficulty.

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

I have them actively read, take notes on the passage, underline, use a pencil to track words, and then summarize after every passage.