I am a very outgoing guy and very passionate in what I do. Also, I am a people person and I like to help people with their needs. In fact, this is probably part of the reason why I choose to tutor, because I believe that it's an honor to give back to young people any knowledge you have gained, so that they could benefit from it.
As far my education background, I graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with B.S in Chemistry. While I was in college, I have tutored for two years, in Calculus I, 2, General chemistry 1, 2, and organic chemistry 1, 2. It was a very good experience and I did really enjoy it. I learned from the subjects, and as well my students whom I had tutored. Therefore, I am very excited to help students achieve their academic goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Iowa State University - Bachelors, Chemistry
Chemistry, math, physics, reading, running, outdoor activities, football, basketball.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I analyze students' knowledge on subjects to get an intuitive idea on their weaknesses and on their strengths. Then, I explain concepts that students have difficulties in. I provide examples on the topics and alternate methods to enhance students' understanding. I identify patterns in their chemistry, math, and physic skills. Finally, I give positive reinforcements to help students become more confident in their own abilities. Also, I ask students questions on the topics covered to confirm that the student has understood the topics. I believe that it's an honor to give back to young people the knowledge I have learned in these subjects so that they can benefit from it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I introduce myself to a student, and then get a good understanding on where he or she struggles the must in that particular subject or topic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by helping a student understand the topic he or she is struggling with, and then I will give a student practice problems on the topic to further enhance his or her understanding. I will also give a student positive encouragements, such as, "you can do it!"
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by relating a subject or topic to his or her everyday life. I ask questions or have him or her test me on the topics that have just been learned.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would apply different learning methods based on his or her learning ability. I would also change the learning environment, etc.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This is question is out of my expertise. So I don't have right answer for it at the moment, but reading is the topic I will work on it so that I could tutor it in the future.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Understand a student's learning ability first, and then apply a learning method suitable to the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate the subject or topic to a student's everyday life. Also, get to know the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask a student questions on the topic that has just been taught. Have a student explain it to you or teach you how to answer questions in that particular topic(s).
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By giving him or her practice problems on a subject. Practice is the key to learning difficult subjects.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Understanding a student's learning ability and what he or she is struggling with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By understanding a student's ability.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Study guide, notepad to write on, pen or pencil, calculator if needed, and a positive attitude.