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Robin

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I tutor because I want to ignite in my students a passion for learning and provide them with the tools for success in their own journey. I have been privileged to receive my undergraduate education at Brown University graduating with Honors in Biology. After college, I joined Teach For America and taught High School Special Education in several subjects including earth science, forensic science, and chemistry. Science is my passion. I then went on to pursue my medical degree and will be starting my Neurology residency this year. As the eldest of six children, I have unofficially been tutoring for most of my life and officially been tutoring for over 10 years. My three summers as a residential advisor have given me invaluable experiences that have encouraged my interest in teaching. Although I had different students each summer, my efforts to instill them with personal responsibility, to motivate them to excel in their studies, and to be present as a resource for support and guidance remained constant. I see education as a dynamic process of exchange I want to achieve between the teacher and her students. I aspire that my students will find joy in learning and realize their agency both inside and outside the classroom. With my determination and enthusiasm, I believe I can make a difference in their learning experience.

Robin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: University of Queensland - Masters, Medicine

Hobbies

I am an avid Lakers basketball fan. I also enjoy cooking and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACT English

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Art

Basic Computer Literacy

Biology

Cardiology

Cell Biology

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

Clinical Psychiatry

College Application Essays

College English

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Endocrinology

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Gastroenterology

Handwriting

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing

Histology

IB Biology

Immunology

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

MCAT

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Microbiology

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Neuroscience

Other

Pathology

Pathophysiology

PRAXIS Prep

Pre-Algebra

Science

Social Sciences

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is best expressed by Confucius: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

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

I enjoy getting to know my students during the first session - their goals, interests, hobbies, how they learn, and how they study. It's a vibrant first conversation before we dive into more sessions together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe in working together and building up the students by giving them the tools they need to complete the task at hand. I encourage their confidence so that they can be successful as an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I enjoy getting to know students on a personal level - what do they like to do for fun, what is important to them, and what are their motivations and goals. That way I can understand how to keep them focused and motivated during the lesson as well as realize when they might need a minute to take a mental break.

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

I am patient with the student. I try to come up with multiple ways to learn the skill and figure out which way works best for the student and how he or she learns. I also incorporate examples in real life to apply the concept.

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

I break down the passage into bite-sized pieces, showing them how to summarize what they are reading as they go. In this way, they can quickly find the section that pertains to the question they are asked. If needed, we can work backwards to understand how the passage is constructed or identify gaps in vocabulary.

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

I always start out giving feedback with the positive things the student has done before giving constructive feedback on how he or she can do better. I like to start the lesson with asking the student: 1) do you have any question(s) from our previous session? 2) What is your goal for this session? This creates a routine and the expectations for the lesson that day.

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

I find out the student's hobby or interest (sports, music, arts) and relate the subject to it. I learn about their long-term goals (college, job, career) and try to make the subject relevant to the individual student.

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

Throughout the lesson, I pause and do a check for understanding. This can be in the form of me asking a question/problem and the student explaining or showing me the answer. It can be starting with a simple concept and building on it by asking them to create a question/problem.

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

I provide positive feedback on how they are doing throughout the session. I encourage and support by reinforcing my belief in their ability to be successful. I ask them to tell me at least one thing they did well from the lesson that day.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I talk to the student, but I also like to involve the family or support system of the student (parents, grandparents). It takes a village, and since I am new to the student, I definitely like to collaborate with the family to find out how best I can support their child.

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

I use the first session to learn more about the student (hobbies, interests, favorite subject, etc.) and try to determine how they learn best before diving in. As we go through each session, I also ask the student for feedback about how the sessions are so I can adapt it to their needs. What would they like to see more/less of?

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

It varies based on the student and the subject we are working on. Sometimes we use textbooks/workbooks from school or problems/questions I create. I prefer that the tutoring sessions are student-directed, and I organize the session based on their questions.