Recently, I've graduated from UC, Riverside with a Master's degree in Bioengineering. During my time at university I was fortunate enough to work as a tutor for a wide range of college subjects, including Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry. I developed a passion for guiding students to succeed in the classroom and beyond. I believe a student truly learns the material when he/she can draw connections between concepts and apply in practical applications. My experience in academic research has given me an appreciation for science and math in real world problems. My ultimate goal is to help students see the value their education has in everyday life.
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Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Bioengineering
Graduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Masters, Bioengineering
GRE Quantitative: 165
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every subject can be broken down into a small set of core principles. These principles can then be used to understand many different concepts taught in the class. It is my job to help guide the student to make the connections that will lead him/her to these foundations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is crucial in setting the track for future sessions. During this time, I hope to gauge not only what he/she knows, but the student's learning style. The best way to do this will be to have the student explain in detail the approach taken and the thought process for various problems.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe it is only when you can teach it that you really know a concept. Encouraging students to explain concepts will help them understand what it means to truly grasp the subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A motivated student is able to see the value of their hard work. I strive to encourage motivation by giving examples of real-world problems. This way students can really see the power of their education.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having problems, it may be time to change learning strategies. Instead of simply explaining the concept, it may be best to have the student do a drawing of the concept. Using different parts of the brain may help to expand his/her creativity.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students may have trouble with two different aspects: identifying key words or visualizing the scenario. Having the student underlining and explaining these key words can be very powerful. Moreover, having the student draw a picture of the problem is helpful for visualization.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
In my experience, showing trends and highlighting connections between concepts really helps students to learn quicker in future lessons and have a better appreciation for the subject.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
This may be a problem stemming from a lack of motivation. In this case, it will be very helpful to emphasize problems that show real-world applications. Also, adding interesting anecdotes about the subject can intrigue students to continue studying.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Beginner students may require more guidance and structure in the lesson. However, when students become more comfortable, the lesson becomes more of conversational and exploratory.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I think it's important to show students that less is more when it comes to learning. Having the students solve seemingly complex problems with one or two simple concepts really helps to emphasize how powerful core principles are.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By letting students explain their thought process and approach to a problem, I can help to find any logical gaps or misconceptions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student learns differently. It's important to keep the student engaged by asking questions and asking them to explain the concepts in his/her own words. This gives me feedback on what techniques are/aren't effective for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper and pencil is the most important material, in my opinion. However, I also like to incorporate short video clips, and certain educational software can be effective, too.