My success as a tutor has come with my ability to meet the students where they are and lay down a path of reachable goals so that they can reach their ultimate goal.
My goal is to keep students on course in their academic career, give them a leg up in the next year, and further their educational advancement towards success. Not only do I want to support the student in all things related to academia, but also assist the parents as much as possible by keeping their children on track during this unprecedented time.
When it comes to teaching math, I've learned that children become quite confused by the subject because it's like learning a new language. However I am proud to say that the students I tutor in math learn to appreciate or like it in some way- whether it's from overcoming an obstacle and accomplishing something they didn't think they could accomplish, or seeing the subject with a new eyes. When I see this change within the student, it brings me immense joy and sense of accomplishment within myself.
When it comes to teaching English studies, whether that's learning the structure of the language or writing an essay, I try to pass on my love for the subject to my students. I try to act as a facilitator, guiding them through the language or story like how I would've liked to have been guided, leading them towards an answer they discover on their own. When it comes to writing essays about literature, it becomes an exciting conversation of the students' interpretations and thoughts which in turn makes the task more engaging because it becomes about who they are and what they think instead of a mere homework assignment. I like to share my love of both those subects because I think it's quite a waste to go through their academic career without appreciating the beauty that both those subjects can ignite in themselves.
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The process changes depending on age and whether a parent needs to be there to further discuss in detail the student's goals and areas of focus, but it typically goes like the below;
The first 15 minutes of the first session is used to get to know the student and build rapport so that the following sessions run smoothly. Who likes working with a stranger?
From there, I like to assess the students needs, typically through an interview of the student and/or the parents and testing out some exercise problems.
After the assessment, I like to map out a plan or schedule with reachable mini goals so that the student can achieve their ultimate goal.
From there, we reach an agreement and it's tutor time!
Below are some bullet points of my experiences.
- Currently working with the Orange County Department of Education
- 2+ years with TutorNerds
- 1+ years with Tutor Doctors
- TEFL Certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
- Studied English Literature and Art History abroad at Lincoln College in Oxford for a quarter.
- Bachelors in English from the University of California, Los Angeles
-12 weeks as a Screenwriter Mentor in the Young Storytellers' Foundation
- 8+ years as an Assistant Tae Kwon Do Instructor at Ace Tae Kwon Do Academy
$35 for tutoring in math & English related studies. Test prep may be more.
*Open to discuss rates depending on the students needs.
Helping others in anything related to academic studies began when I was just a child. I helped my cousins with their homework (even if they were older), I was the go-to person in class to break down what was being taught into simpler steps, and lastly, I assisted my father in teaching Tae Kwon Do ever since I was a child. I taught both children and adults at various studios until he opened his own and am currently a 2nd degree Black Belt. Needless to say, I am equipped with the skills to tutor anyone from all walks of life in math and English studies up to a high school level.
I have tutored students from all socio-economic backgrounds and mental abilities from the ages of 8 years to 16 years in various subjects. My specialties lie in math up to the level of Algebra II and any level related to English studies.
After tutoring for a few years in the private sector, I decided to use my learned skills as a tutor to help those who may not have access to education as easily as the privileged. As a Title I Academic Support Assistant (tutor) at the Orange County Department of Education, I work with at-risk and foster youth. Since the demographic of youth is quite different from the private sector's, anywhere from their socio-economic background to mental ability, it has taught me to become quite adaptable and flexible to adjust to the students' needs and meet them where they are. It is quite a rewarding experience where I've learned creative ways to teach students.
One of my students loved entomology and I used entomology to spark an interest in creating a possible dream that they can achieve while also learning to research and practice their reading skills. Where there was no dream and the future seemed bleak, they now have a desire to go to college in order to study entomology abroad in South America. The student did this all on their own with just a little bit of my guidance. I gently guided them and facilitated the sessions so that they were able to discover this conclusion on their own.
In my experience, I have learned that there are two significant things a student should look for in a tutor. In order to not waste time and money, the tutor should lay out a plan with mini goals for the student so that they are transparent and held accountable for the time and money the student is putting into the tutor.
I have also learned that the more experienced tutors charge more, yet they have the experience to effectively guide the students to their desired goals with ease and efficiency. In the long run, the student may save time and money while also achieving their desired goal.
1. What do I need help with and how can a tutor help me reach my goals?
2. How much time am I willing to put into studying with a tutor and on my own?
3. What kind of person do I like working with? The tutor's personality is just as important as their skillset.
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