Hello there! My name is Johnathon, and I will perform my absolute best to help you (or your child) succeed in school, whether it be at the elementary level or college level. I am a graduate from UCLA, and have an in-depth understanding of key areas such as Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology. Then again, I probably should know this stuff, considering I have a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Just because I know my cultures doesn't mean I don't know math, and I am more than happy to tutor in math based subjects.
I will work with you/your child using the teaching style most optimal for your/their learning style. I wholeheartedly believe that every student has the capacity to learn new subjects and material; it is only a matter of how it is presented and their dedication to the subject. Both dedication and presentation are key in learning new things, something my time at UCLA has taught me well.
Thank you for reading my profile, and have a nice day!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Anthropology
Research, Reading, Writing, Acting
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The strategy I have found to be most successful when starting with a student is to first discern the exact amount of information they know on the subject matter, and from there, to incorporate their learning style and previous knowledge into future lessons.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student, I will first get to know them, the class in question, and their preferred learning method(s). By discovering more about the student, I can incorporate their learning style into my teaching style, leading to an overall improved tutoring experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help a student to become an independent learner by having them adapt efficient and simple learning methods.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I ensure that students stay motivated by incorporating a healthy mix of reinforcement and list-based techniques. Reinforcement is primarily done through positive reinforcement and should be done whenever the student succeeds in a significant waypoint in the lesson. List-based techniques mainly revolve around keeping a firm grip on the student's schedule, as this is vital for staying motivated, and to prevent under/over exertion.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would first try adjusting my learning style. In my experience, this has primarily been the main factor in reduced uptake of material. If a change in learning style does not suffice, I would break down the lesson into smaller chunks, and provide additional supplementary material that may help fill in the gaps the student currently has.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students yet to obtain proficiency with reading comprehension by first understanding what parts are not being absorbed, and from there, taking the appropriate steps. For example, in a case where a student is having difficulty with a particular passage, I would break down the parts of each sentence, and if deemed beneficial, each phrase as well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student to become engaged in a subject they are struggling in by discovering what they wish to do in life, and then show them that in order to reach their dream, they must first clear this hurdle first. If this does not apply, I would then set up a system of rewards. For example, for every ten math problems completed correctly, they get a certain item/get to do something.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
In order to know if the student understands the material, I would have them teach me back the full material in different words, as in my experience being capable of teaching a subject means a complete understanding of that subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject using positive reinforcement, primarily of which include rewards and verbal encouragement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by assessing where they are scoring in assignments in their current grade level (i.e. homework and papers), as well as how they perform on both their own tests and provided tests. Each class is weighed differently, as in some courses tests may be simple, but the homework difficult, and in others, the opposite may be true.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring style to best match the student's learning style. For example, if a student learns best through analogies, then I will teach them the material using analogies whenever possible. Alternatively, if they cannot sit still for a prolonged duration, then I will tutor them while we throw a ball around, provided they know the material well enough (i.e. can teach at least part of the lesson back to me).
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I primarily use my own textbooks and web resources, as well as the tutoring system.