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Diana

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I'm a friendly tutor with experience teaching computer science and designing curricula. When teaching computer science concepts, I am big on drawing pictures and diagrams in order to explain things. I find that thinking about abstract concepts is easier with a concrete spatial representation right in front of me--perhaps you do too!

In college I also took many writing-heavy humanities courses, hence I am also available for English tutoring.

I treat my tutoring sessions less like lectures and more like casual conversations where the key is good two-way communication.

Subjects: Computer science, programming, English, essay composition.

Diana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Bard College - Bachelors, Computer Science

Hobbies

Reading, art, hanging out in the woods, ideo games

Tutoring Subjects

Computer Science

Discrete Math

English

Essay Editing

High School Computer Science

High School English

High School Writing

HTML

Java

Math

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Photoshop

Python

Technology and Computer Science

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Communication is the name of the game.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Impart not just the material in question, but relevant cognitive strategies as well.

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

I would attempt to explain it in multiple different ways since everyone has their own style of learning. I would also try to get down to the fundamentals of the concept, and work with the student to understand the nature of their misunderstanding: what exactly is it that's tripping them up?

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Getting to know their personality and cognitive style really helps me figure out their needs. I can also ask them what goals they are hoping to accomplish.