I am 23 years old and am a graduate in mechanical engineering from UCLA. I have held multiple teaching positions. These include one-on-one and group tutoring (up to 5 students at a time) for my high school, my college, and multiple tutoring companies in all subjects ranging from basic algebra and geometry to statistics and calculus including physics and chemistry as well. I have also tutored SAT along with many other subject tests.
I have been tutoring for 6 years and have helped over 100 students get better grades. In fact, the lowest grade any of my regular private students has received was a B+. I have helped a lot of students on their math section of the SATs. Generally speaking, my students average an increase of around 100-150 points on their math section alone. Imagine going from 550, a slightly higher than average score, to about a 700, an amazing score. I have even had one girl increase by 290 points on her math section (370 to 660). A lot of my success with students is because I sincerely enjoy helping my students learn. I take a personal interest in all of my students to make sure they understand the material and get the grades they are hoping to achieve.
I have found that the best way to tutor students is to be as open with them as possible. I try to befriend each of my students because I find that when you are friends it is easier to talk openly and figure out where the student is having issues. I have learned to be very patient with students and I never get frustrated with them even if they have trouble understanding the material and are getting frustrated themselves. I have also learned how to pick up on the look in the student's eyes when he or she doesn't understand something even when they don't speak up. This is critical because it allows me to figure out exactly where a student is having trouble with a certain concept so that I can spend extra time to make sure they understand it. I think it is this ability mixed with the fact that I know the material better than almost anyone and can therefore explain it in different ways that makes me excel as a tutor. By the end of the semester, most of my private students have told me they wished that I taught the class instead of the professor because I make everything easy to understand. Whenever I hear this it is a very proud moment for me because it shows that I have made a difference in the understanding that the student has.
Also, I am a triathlon coach (swim, bike, run). I used to compete for UCLA when I went to school there. I still train a lot and will hopefully be turning pro in the next couple of years.
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