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John’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Current Undergrad, History

Test Scores

AP English Language: 4

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

American Literature

Art

Basic Computer Literacy

CAHSEE English

CHSPE Prep

College English

College Level American Literature

College World History

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School World History

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

SAT Prep

Social studies

Spanish

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Try to use real world examples in which the specific student you are tutoring can relate in order to get a concept through.

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

Ask what specifically he/she is having trouble with and try to relate those difficulties with ones that I may have encountered as well. That way, it is possible to utilize effective strategies that do in fact work in order to get through concepts and overcome specific problems. I would also leave the student with a plethora of FREE outside help in the form of specific professors with YouTube Channels who helped me significantly and recommendations on what paid test prep materials work effectively and are relevant.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students must have resources at their disposal that can help them through challenging problems and difficulties. I would leave students with links to very helpful professors on YouTube who are accredited and have updated their content. I would also try to instill a passion for the subject that they are having trouble with since enjoying a subject can ultimately motivate many students to continually press on studying.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It would serve a student best to be able to see the wider picture of what they are working on. In short, more life options such as a higher paycheck and the ability to pick and choose whichever job they want.

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

It is imperative that students are introduced to concepts by having real world examples and things that they are already familiar with implementing into the curriculum. For instance, I once had a student who had difficulty understanding what the "pursuit of happiness" section in the American Constitution dictates. I asked him what it was that made him happy; he replied eating ice cream. I then told him that due to the pursuit of happiness section of the constitution you are by law allowed to eat as much ice cream as you want since it makes you happy. Of course, I explained to him that it does not guarantee his happiness or dictates that the United States is responsible for purchasing his ice cream, but he eventually understood it due to a real life example that he could understand.

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

I would begin to try breaking down the section in which they are having trouble and go word by word. I would let them understand why it is that certain grammar is used in a section rather than just note to them that a certain comma or period is supposed to be there without explanation. I also try to always tell students that it is not a race in academics. If it helps a student to go word by word at a slower pace, then I tell them that it is fine. Slow and steady always wins the race.

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

I find it the most helpful if I reiterate content in the beginning of an appointment. At that point, the student and I can begin to track down segments in which he/she is having difficulty. It is at this point where we can implement our focus on working towards a comprehensive understanding of the subject. In short, review and then look over the content for difficulties. You rinse and repeat until the student has mastered the content.

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

It is important that whatever a person does or studies in life is valid to that person. For instance, I used to have trouble with mathematics and science, but after coming to the conclusion that math and science are the languages in which we understand all of existence, I fell in love with both subjects and yearned to learn more. It is coming to these realizations that I hope I can help students find in subjects that they have difficulty with.

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

The ability to explain a topic using your own words is the most assuring way in which students can show that they now understand the topic. If the student is only repeating what I or someone else said pertaining to the topic, then that is just mimicking. Education is the ability to validate and understand a topic as an individual.

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

I first try to validate their struggle with certain subjects as normal, because it is. No one on this planet is capable of understanding everything to the fullest extent in brief windows of time, which school employs. After understanding that, we can begin to strengthen the knowledge background on the subject to the extent in which a student will understand it considerably and be confident moving onwards in the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I begin to ask the student questions on the pertaining subject, sort of like a cross-examination. After that, I keep trying to view where they are having difficulty, and I assess how I can help them.

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

I try to give a well-rounded look at the subject no matter what, it is imperative I believe that students are able to look at subjects in the grander scheme of things and how they pertain to the world. This, however, does not mean that I will not focus in on topics when it is needed to solidify concepts.

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

Typically, a laptop will do just fine. I use any online material I can find a click away and show the student. Sometimes I will use a whiteboard type feature in order to create a diagram or schematic.


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