My name is Tiffany - I'm a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Biomedical Computation and minoring in Computer Science and Art Practice. I'm also on the varsity rowing team! When I'm not in school or in practice, you can find me taking photographs of anything and everything.
I'm excited to get to know you and help you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Current Undergrad, Biomedical Computation
Photography, Rowing, Baking
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe students should feel comfortable asking any question they have to the tutor. Also, students should not use the tutor as an answer key, but as a person who can teach and reinforce concepts through doing examples.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student a little by doing introductions and seeing what their background is. Then I would try to find the student's strengths and weaknesses on the given subject, and use that information to guide future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Reinforcement of concepts is the most important thing to learn. Students should be able to do various types of problems if they have understood the basic concept behind the problems. In our sessions, we will go over different types of problems and how to apply what we have learned to solving them. In this way, when the student is alone and is faced with a problem that is slightly different than what they are used to seeing, they will know how to tackle it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep encouraging the student and supporting them through each step of the problem. I would make sure that they approach their work in tiny, manageable steps so that they are not overwhelmed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would teach the concept from different perspectives, and include drawings, diagrams, and videos if necessary. Then I would test the student with basic questions to make sure he or she has learned the concept.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I bring blank paper, calculators, textbooks, writing utensils, a laptop, and flashcards.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking a student directly what they are struggling with, and noting which problem he or she frequently gets wrong, allows me to evaluate a student's needs.