I have studied Biomedical Engineering and aspiring to become a physician. There is a certain satisfaction in teaching that is unmatched in other professions. When you empower someone to do something on their own you have done the most good!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 157
GRE Verbal: 148
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Anybody can learn anything, you just have to find your method that works best for you. Teachers can guide you through this since they mastered this process themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assessment of his standing in the course. I will try to identify his shortcomings and provide him with strategies that might guide him in a right direction.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If you teach a student methods of thinking, they will pick up the rest on their own. When you learn how to solve a problems, you can't wait to do it on your own!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Don't get stuck on trivial matters in life! Look at the whole picture and do your best to achieve your goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Breaking the problem apart like a puzzle and going through each concept methodically has worked wonders for me. The secret to learning is not straight memorization; it is what you do with that material after you have the concepts in your head.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice makes perfect! Read subjects that are interesting to you! Cut down on your TV time and read; you will notice the difference slowly, but it will come!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
After mastering a subject, I ask students questions to make sure they have understood the concepts. Learning is an individual process; you have to process the material on your own after a teacher taught you the way.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
All of us are good in something, but that doesn't mean we have to only focus on those areas. The height of intelligence is to be able to adapt to new situations and concepts that are hard to master. By struggling in this subject, you are building new ways to be successful in future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Live examination to confirm the concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If you do a problem by yourself, even 80 percent of the way, you feel rewarded about your skills and become confident that the rest is easy to conquer.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I will try to get a understanding of his main educational setting and the shortcomings that it my entail. Then, a well thought out question that included these shortcomings can clarify which areas the student is struggling with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The best teaching methods worth nothing if they are not working for a particular student. Each student is different and learns differently. I am always in search of new ways to teach and enjoy helping others that need a different approach for learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Review material from the end of the chapters or organized prep materials found online.