There are no limits on how much one can learn and get better... I strive for becoming the best version of myself and helping people becoming theirs.
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
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.