I am currently a graduate student in the Chemical and Environmental PhD program. I am qualified to be a successful tutor due to many reasons. I have graduated as number one in my class (Summa Cum Laude) in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. My knowledge in the science and math area have increased even more tremendously upon my graduation from college. Also, my extensive experiences in tutoring students from all ranges of background and academic levels in the past years were an eye opener for me. It helped me to recognize the teaching potential that I possessed such as evaluating students' present level of knowledge and creating a nurturing environment for them to succeed. I was able to help my students to increase their grade dramatically (most ended up with an A or B) and all passed the AP (Advanced Placement) exams. However, my greatest achievement was the delightful feeling of leading them to develop their own creative pathway and adequate tricks to strengthen their learning ability.
I have been a tutor for numerous years from high school through graduate school. The many years of private tutoring experiences have given me a strong confidence in my competence to successfully help students in mastering math and science topics ranging from Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus AB & BC, SAT II Math to any levels of Chemistry and Physics. I have also gained nearly one year of experience as a KAPLAN SAT II Chemistry instructor and received very good comments from students especially regarding my jokes about certain theories so that those concepts would stay deeper in their memory. Some other tutoring institutions I have worked during the past years were ACI, Tutoring Solution, and Scorerite; at these places, I discovered many excellent text materials to assist my future students better in certain academic subjects. Also, I have both volunteered and worked at Think Together in the Jurupa Unified School District as a program leader and tutor in science for middle school students. From dealing with these young students, I gained a lot of patience and the skill to turn academic into something fun; for instance, while teaching a physics concept, I made them involve with a hands-on activity of building a miniature solar powered vehicle using cardboard to grab their attention. The students ended becoming very interested to learn the theory behind it. Due to the ability and strategy gained from my teaching history, I received a very prestigious "Outstanding Teaching Assistant" award for instructing an upper-division class at the University of California. However, I still want to progress in my teaching pathway by gaining more experience as a tutor such that I can become a proficient and effective professor in the academia world upon graduation in the engineering PhD school.
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