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Shabnam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

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


Bodybuilding, 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.

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