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Hello! My name is Bianca Gonzalez. I am currently getting my BS in Statistics at Cal State University Northridge. As much as I love Statistics now, I have not always been a big fan of statistics or mathematics. Growing up I struggled with math. It wasn't that I did not have the capacity to understand it. I knew if I spent the time and practiced I was able to grasp the concept with no problem, but I wasn't used to that. I was used to understanding things right away, however, math always required me to stop and think about my responses and I did not like that. It took me a while and a very amazing professor to realize how wrong I had been about math. My senior year when I met my Algebra 2 professor, Mr. Hall, he made math so fun and simple that I started to actually enjoy numbers and even word problems and thanks to him I will never forget how to factor. From there on when I went to college I met another great professor, Prof. Wong, I remember crushing her class and thinking I was destined to be there. Ever since that day I had not problem translating words into numbers. Then my second semester as a college student I met Prof Yun, the sweetest professor I have ever met. She introduced me to Statistics and I must say I have never questioned my common sense more than I did in this class. Probability was my toughest section, it always made so much sense in class but once I will go home and do homework it was so confusing. It took me lots of practice and visits to her office to understand this class fully but it was al worth it. Right after taking this class I applied to be a tutor at Los Angeles Mission College and up to this day, I am so glad I did. This place completely changed my life; it opened so many doors for me. I will not be where I am if it wasn't for all the support and encourangement I have gotten from every single person that I had the pleasure to work with. I found my love for math at this very place and how much I enjoyed helping students. The joy in a students eyes when they finally understand something they have bee struggling for a long time it is priceless and this is why I continue to do it as much I can. I have been tutoring for over six years and during all the time I have nothing bad to say. I love tutoring students and I love learning from them too. Every students I have come across to has been a learning experience and I am still learning and loving what I do.

Bianca’s Qualifications

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

"The best way to make sure you understand something is by explaining it to someone else in your own words."

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

Ask questions to see what the best approach might be.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By helping them learn the material and not doing it for them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making sure they understand getting something wrong is part of the process of learning and is never a bad thing.

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

Find different ways to explain it in a way that he/she can relate to a real life scenario.

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

Work on different techniques that might be better for him or her.

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

Visuals, simple examples, and extra practice problems to reinforce tutoring sessions.

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

I try to relate to stuff that he or she is familiar with. Look for educational games that are related to the subject being learned.

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

Asking questions and using extra problems.

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

I like to encourage students by always using positive words and always motivating them to ask questions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Review problems are a good way to evaluate a student's needs. Also by paying attention to how a student answers questions, you can see whether they are using the right vocabulary or not.

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

I am always open to learning different techniques to adjust to what my student needs.

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

I use graphs, whiteboard, pdfs, and mathematical games.