At the start of the 3rd grade, my parents made the decision to home school me and my siblings. This presented me with a unique, enhanced way of learning. By the time I began high school, I had grown accustomed to chatting my own course for education. I was independent in my studies, pulling information from resources and perfecting the way I retained information. I absorbed information quickly and excelled in every subject.
Math and writing have consistently been my strong suits, but the former was always my favorite. This (along with a few other factors) led me to choose Engineering as my profession. I graduated cum laude with my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in May 2017.
Throughout my academic career, I have found myself in a tutor position. During my home school years, my siblings and peers regularly requested help on their home work, and college was no different. I would often visit the library and tutor up to three of my classmates at a time. Thankfully the transition from my home to an actual classroom wasnt an impedance.
Really, the reason I tutor is because very few practices are so rewarding. I relish the look of accomplishment on a student's face when a concept finally clicks. I rejoice when their grades markedly improve. I love to tutor because I want young people to succeed on their own merits. I want them to be proud of themselves. My goal and hope is to give them confidence and independence in their studies.
I am a firm believer in solidifying the basics in any subject. If a student moves up the educational ladder without tightly anchoring the feet, it will start to wobble as he climbs higher. For example, memorizing times tables is paramount in mathematics. It seems so simple, but not only will it enable efficiency, it will change the way students visualize numbers entirely.
When I tutor, I teach by example. While solving a problem or demonstrating a concept, I explain how, why, and when in a step by step process, allowing the student to visually understand what I am saying. Then it is their turn to repeat after me as many times as it takes because repetition is what creates long term retention.
Lastly, and most importantly, I make students feel comfortable and competent. Unequivocally, positive reinforcement trumps criticism every time. Even making mistakes is a form of learning because it indicates what not to do. I constantly encourage and applaud students as they progress.
As previously stated, I am most proficient in math and English (writing and reading), but I also have a solid knowledge base in science e.g. chemistry, physics, biology, etc. From 8th to 12th grade I attended a writing class exclusively for home schoolers, and wrote over 100 papers, ranging from creative to persuasive. This process refined my transcriptive abilities, which I later utilized to compose essays for scholarships. Incredibly I won every one I applied for.
As for my students, I have much to offer in elementary grades. There are many tips, tricks, and tools I can give that are key to master while they are young. That being said, junior high, high school, and even college students have just as much capability to grasp these ideas because it is never too late. I welcome any students, and Im happy to teach all ages as long as they are willing to learn.
As with any endeavor, education demands hard work and application. My job is to make one easier and the other more enjoyable.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
I enjoy playing strategy games, swimming, golfing, video games, and designing.
Elementary School Science
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science