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Shabnam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Los Angeles Pierce College - Current Undergrad, Computer Science


Weight training, cooking, social dancing, and spending time with my family and my dog

Tutoring Subjects



College Physics




Mechanical Engineering



Statics and Dynamics

Technology and Computer Science



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to spend as much time as my student needs to really digest the material, and then have him/her practice until comfortable with the subject.

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

Introduce myself, and ask my student a few basic questions to find out where is a good place to start.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I don't give out answers to questions; instead I show my students how to approach problems and use different problem-solving strategies.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Sometimes I tell them "this is where I started, and if I could make it, you could too!"

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

I try to come toward the problem from different paths instead of repeating myself.

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

I come up with some examples, and sometimes with a list of confusing phrases.

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

To keep making them think instead of relying on me to do the thinking for them. I keep asking them "so how does this help you solve the problem?", "what is the question asking you?", etc.

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

I start with simpler problems that are easier to solve first; this helps them understand that the subject is achievable.

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

Asking them more conceptual questions, rather than questions that just need a calculator and a formula sheet to be solved.

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

Little by little, I make them solve a greater part of the problem without help, until they no longer need my help for that subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Looking at where in the problem they're getting stuck shows what primary needs they have.

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

I might slow down or speed up, or use different teaching strategies for different students.

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

The first thing is the textbook and the student's notes; I use a small whiteboard or just paper and pen. Sometimes I use materials like magnets for specific subjects that are easier to understand when demonstrated.