Growing up I was always into math and science. I loved watching shows like Star Trek and learning about space travel and all the cool futuristic technologies they had to treat patients. This helped guide me into the field of Physics and Biomedical Engineering. I want to share this love of math and science to students wants to learn more or just needs a little help along the way.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Jose State University - Bachelors, Physics
Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - PHD, Biomedical Engineering
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I learned from my Bioengineering teacher in graduate school that students will only want to learn from teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching. If you show that you are willing to take the extra time to teach the students a hard subject, the students are usually more willing learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would usually like to gauge his/her level of comprehension to see how I can appropriately teach the subject to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to help a student become independent is to help guide the student through the problem. Being patient and showing them the proper steps to solve the problem, rather than just giving out the answer, is the best approach.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Try to make the lesson plan engaging. Students seem to pay more attention when the lesson plan is just a long lecture but has other ways to get the lesson across.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Finding a different approach to learning a specific skill might help the student grasp the topic. This can be done by either using real-life examples or props.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Patience is key when helping students understand and learn new topics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By making the subject relatable, students are more likely to be interested in learning the difficult subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
For Math and Science, learning the fundamentals is important, as it will help them understand more difficult topics later on. Showing each step to a problem is a very good way to help students learn.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice is the best way to become confident in a subject matter.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
To understand a student's needs, it is best to watch and listen to how he/she approaches a problem. This will help you understand how to improve on problem-solving skills.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
A student's need can vary from requiring constant guidance to very little guidance. It's important to understand how much help he/she needs by monitoring progress.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Scratch paper is very useful when solving math and physics problems.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Taking the time to help students with reading is very critical. I know many students have a fear of reading in front of others. A safe and ridicule-free environment must be established to help the students gain confidence in reading.