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I am currently a first year dental student. I graduated from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in May 2017. During my time as an undergraduate student, I worked as a campus tutor (tutoring college level biology, math, chemistry, and intro level physics), an assistant for the after school program at Venture Academy (a high school), an ESL co-teacher at Cedar Riverside Plaza, and a translator for Chinese scholars visiting my campus. Although majoring in biochemistry, I have a passion for teaching. I believe all students can achieve more if someone is willing to sit down with them and patiently break down the materials. I have helped students improve their grades in general chemistry from a C to an A. Some feedback I've received from students I previously tutored include: 1) I am good at cracking down complicated scientific concepts into smaller pieces. 2) I am good at explaining things in various ways to help students understand. 3) I am approachable, listen patiently, and respect students' efforts. I also believe bringing positive energy and encouraging students in the correct way are the ultimate shortcuts in helping them achieve better grades. I hope I can help you, or your kids, to learn more every day.

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Vivien’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry

Test Scores

ACT Math: 34

ACT Science: 32


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Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Science


AP Chinese Language and Culture

AP Physics 2

College Physics

Conversational Mandarin


GED Prep

GED Math

GED Science


High School Physics


Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4



Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Physical Chemistry



SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students can achieve more with proper guidance and encouragement.

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

I like to have us get to know each other, gauge their knowledge level, and trigger their interest in learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I could convey the importance and methods of independent learning. I would also teach my ways of finding information from all kinds of resources, including libraries, the internet, and from people.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would encourage students whenever they do something worth praising.

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

I would explain the concept in a different way and have the student repeat it for their understanding.

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

I would break down large paragraphs and sentences to smaller pieces.

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

I would have students tell me their understanding of a concept first, and then I would introduce new material to them.

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

I would find interesting facts related to the subject to trigger their interest.

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

I ask students to repeat their understanding of the material back to me.

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

I would carefully observe when the students try their best, and I would praise them for their efforts.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask questions ranging from introduction levels to deeper levels of understanding, and I would review their learning objectives if they were available. Otherwise, I would use their textbook/homework as a guide to establish proper learning goals.

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

I would provide the same level of practice problems according to their learning goals.

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

Textbooks, the internet, and test preparation books.

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