Hi, my name is Phillip, and I am a student myself. I attend community college and am in my first year of pursuing an associate's degree with plans to transfer to a four-year university, following this accomplishment, to continue my education. I have grown up in Southern California; I spent two years of secondary education at Oxford Academy, in Cypress, then went on to study at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California, where I graduated from the Theatre
Conservatory this past June. The education I received there, with its unique balance and blend of the conceptual fields of arts and humanities and the procedural studies of science
is what enables me to offer specific and comprehensive tutoring in subjects ranging from history
, to theatre, to algebra
, to photography
I have always found fulfillment in sharing knowledge and skills with those willing to search it out. My first experience working with children younger than myself was through an outreach program that was organized by my high school, which offered free basic-level theater classes to under-served elementary school students from the areas surrounding the Main Street campus, taught entirely by students from the high school, like myself. In every interaction, I wondered at their capacity for curiosity and query, even as they met an age that exposed them to many social pressures for the first time. I believe that if even a fragment of a student's curiosity can be saved, or reawakened, and cultivated toward productivity and education, they will succeed in life, as well as school.
I have been tutoring through WyzAnt for over a year, now, however, I believe, my most valuable experience as a mentor to date has been independent of coordinating organizations such as WyzAnt, and rather through the relationships I have built with my peers. I have helped students my own age and older as they underwent the stages of college preparation and rehearsal for the critical auditions required by many schools' theater programs for admission and scholarship. I have provided guidance and mentorship to students up to three years my junior in way of course planning and college-readiness, as well as coaching for both amateur and professional theatre and film
auditions. More personally, I have spent late nights with my younger brother as he struggled with high school math and the teachers who offered little help to the less-than-squeaky, less-than-interested wheel.
The culmination of my experience is a two-fold approach to academic tutoring, affectionately and appreciatively named "Hoop and Dive". As the case is in many schools today that many classes require more rote memorization than critical thought, the "hoop" stands first: the many "hoops" teachers set for their students as requirements of the class. This encompasses all dates and names to be remembered, repetitive homework to be accomplished, and daunting tests to be prepared for. All this is first, though hardly foremost. Once the "hoop" has been jumped through, and the student is prepared for (or prepared to successfully prepare for) whatever formal examination required by the teacher, comes the "dive". Fortunately, many teachers account for the "dive" into more anecdotal and conceptual learning by way of projects, group assignments, and speeches. It is essential that students can identify in every subject both something that interests them and provokes further discovery, and something which they can apply to their own lives, either now, or in the future. And this is what I strive to be as a tutor: a bridge, between the classroom and the outside world.
Thank you for your consideration,