I approach tutoring as translation of a complicated subject into simple terminology. First, the student must read the applicable information and underline all content that confuses him or her. Secondly, I have the student look up unfamiliar words that he/she does not know. Students need to be comfortable using a dictionary and not rely on spell check. Then I explain the rules that apply to such problems. I break down the problem solving process into steps. All steps should be written down so the student can go back and review his or her work and know how he or she got the answer. Then I show the student an example of how to solve the problem. Next, I have the student do a couple practice problems explaining to me what he or she is doing. If the student understands what he or she is doing enough to verbally explain it, he or she will be able to do the same on a white board in front of a classroom. When the student is in class taking notes, he or she should put a question mark in the margin next to confusing content so we can go over it later. We will not only prepare for tests but also review completed ones. The student needs to understand how to rectify his or her mistakes so those will not happen again. Tutoring is an effort of both parties. I am not going to do the child's homework for him/her. I will teach how to problem solve so he or she can formulate solutions when I'm not present. I believe that not all mistakes are bad, that they are sometimes a sign of progress. It is important to be supportive so that the child is not afraid to try.
My most recent experience was volunteering over the summer for THINK Together at Mountain View Elementary in Azusa with the kindergartners. I worked with students who were academically performing below grade level by focusing on improving their skills in English
arts including reading
, listening, and pronunciation.I recently passed the CBEST
, which is required for all teaching positions in CA, in February and am actively searching for teaching/tutoring jobs.
I completed a one academic year contract with Phoenix Education in July 2012 working as a TOEFL
speaking and listening teacher at Qujing No. 1 Middle School in Yunnan Province, China. I prepared my teenage students to pass the TOEFL exam which emphasizes the student’s ability to use English effectively in academic settings. I created my own curriculum using materials provided by the school and myself, I taught them by having them do independent speaking tasks where they voiced their opinions on important topics and the student was presented with two possible actions, situations, or opinions and asked to say which is preferable or which opinion is more justified with reasons and details. I had them listen to lectures and conversations in English and answer gist-content, gist-purpose, detail, understanding the function of what is said, understanding the speakers' attitude, understanding organization
, connecting content, and making inferences questions. I also had the students do integrated listening/reading/speaking tasks which is when the students read a short passage, then listened to two people discussing that topic and expressing their opinion, then the student was asked a question based on the reading and listening and asked to verbalize his/her response. We also diligently worked on accent reduction, pronunciation,public speaking
, conversational English, grammar
, vocabulary, test taking methodology, active listening, note taking, reading, writing
, and American culture. I also conducted an English corner in a group setting for people of all ages to practice their conversation skills in a casual setting. My students participated in an English skit competition where I helped coach their pronunciation, body language, tone, timing, etc.; the main actor won the prize for best male lead. In my spare time I coached a student who as a result won the English speech
national championship in Beijing.
My experience also includes teaching at King Education Center in Rowland Heights California. I supervised field trips, taught ENOPI English and math
, conducted private tutoring with study abroad students from Korea, oversaw homework accomplishment at after school program, and created a curriculum for study abroad students. I tutored a high school student in geometry
and helped raise her grades from failing to an "A." I also tutored a 12-year-old boy from January to April 2008 in math, science
, and reading. He created a beautiful diorama containing drawings and clay figurines of animals in the rainforest. I helped him research and find pictures of these animals online so that he could recreate their likenesses.
In February 2011, I earned my Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teach English as a Second Language
, and Teach English as a Foreign Language
Certification through Oxford Seminars, Claremont College. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology
in December 2010 Cum Laude. I graduated with memberships to three international honors societies: Golden Key, Psi Chi, and Phi Theta Kappa. I earned my associate's degree in natural science and mathematics
from Mount San Antonio College. I also obtained an introductory certificate in business
management from this junior college. I graduated from Sabino High School in Tucson, AZ, with honors and as a member of the choir. My extracurricular activities in high school included, but are not limited to, basketball
, track, dance team, choir, cheerleading, and Naval Junior Recruit Officer's Training. I am CPR and First Aid certified and have extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.