I started tutoring in Junior year of high school, where I helped students with Algebra
, AP Microeconomics
, AP Calculus
, AP Statistics
, and Biology
. When I started tutoring, I realized I had an immense passion for it - I really enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to break a problem down to its most elemental steps, and to meet a student at their level of proficiency. I did this both through the tutorial center at Los Altos High School and through volunteer work for friends and acquaintances. I enjoy tutoring, and I found that it helped me a lot with my thinking - in line with the notion that "to teach is to learn twice" - so all of my tutoring work in high school was volunteer work. This summer I started tutoring with Wyzant, and I spent more than 50 hours tutoring students in prealgebra
, algebra, writing
, and calculus
I primarily tutor mathematics
My tutoring methods in math
classes are focused on three strategies used in tandem: teaching by example, the Socratic method, and heuristics. First, I walk students through the process that I would use to attack a problem, taking care to make sure each step is broken down to a level that the student can understand. Especially in mathematics, people have a tendency to rely on "shortcuts" as they start studying higher levels of math. My job as a tutor is to begin the process by breaking down these shortcuts into the steps that they summarize. Next, I help students through problems by asking them questions that distill the next step toward the answer. Once the student is comfortable digesting problems in bite-sized pieces, I encourage students to build their own "shortcuts" (heuristics) by focusing my questions on broader aspects of the problem and general strategies. In this way, I hope to break down my knowledge to the student's level, and bring them back up with me to a more sophisticated level of performance relying on heuristics.
In literary analysis and writing, the strategy is very different, and tutoring takes the form of a dialogue. I digest the student's ideas and interview them about key areas where they can be improved or clarified. I focus on big-picture elements of an essay
and improving the overall thrust of the argument. I especially target the thesis, main arguments, and analysis of examples in trying to strengthen the arguments a student is developing.
I graduated from Los Altos High School in 2011 with a 4.2 GPA and numerous honors, including some from the California Scholarship Federation, the CollegeBoard, and awards for top student in three courses: Algebra II
Honors, AP Statistics
, and AP English Literature
and Composition. I attend Pomona College where I plan to graduate in 2015 with a major in Linguistics. In my first two years I completed a minor in Pure Mathematics and took the three-course Computer Science
introductory track, in which I gained experience programming
, SML, and C++
I have participated in Mock Trial for the last five years. In the last two years, I've been Vice President, and have invested much of my time into training new members into being powerful public speakers. My team has won numerous awards, including an Honorable Mention at the National Championship and first place at Regional and Divisional tournaments. I have received individual honors for my performances as an attorney, most recently winning an All-National Attorney award at the Opening Round of the Championship this year.
I am available to tutor students from now until I graduate in May. I may have access to a car soon, but for now I will need to meet students at or around the Claremont Colleges.