My friends and work peers know me as one who always carries a hardcopy book and a kindle tablet. And if they saw the backseat of my car, they would observe a mini bookcase, with some of my favorite books. I have a deep passion for learning. Accordingly, I believe whole hearted in education. It enriches the human situation and serves one for a better life. I wish my students - sometimes in poor districts - a great life! Education and learning is a catalyst for this. It is this mindset why I like to tutor.
Undergraduate Degree: Vanguard University of Southern California - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Technology Sydney - Masters, Electrical Engineering
Art, poetry, computer programming, fishing, hiking
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all people are intelligent. And so, the chief challenge is to fill the brain with good technique, methods, and appreciation of knowledge. This is done, partly, by finding understandable language to the student. An excellent tutor strives to find the graspable words for otherwise difficult concepts, and to fit those to the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
All people, or perhaps most, like to talk of situations they find themselves in. This is a very human aspect. My task, always, is to listen, especially during the first session. To do the best job I can, I need information. I need to see/think as to where the student is struggling, so I can find ways they will struggle less. Thus, one of my primary goals is essentially assessment and help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independence is partially attained via good technique, so I frequently say to students 'let's do the odd problems now and again right before the exam'. The solutions are available, and it helps build confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To stay motivated, I cannot overemphasize the need to self-reward oneself - and so, by granting a reward at the end of significant work, it makes the work a lot easier.