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My name is Lawrence, and I am a 4th year senior at Sonoma State University. I'm a Business Marketing & Management major, with a Psychology minor. My intent is to work in the entertainment industry post-college in hopes of working with the promotional advertising and public relations of television and movies.
I went to a private school my whole life, and my graduating class was a total of 60 students. My school was very small, so I understand the need for the 1 on 1 teaching method. Since my class sizes were small in high school, I was able to interact with the teachers to the fullest without having to sign up for an "office hour." As a result, I graduated with a GPA of 3.75. I took a total of 5 AP classes. I also took more classes than what my graduation requirements were at my high school (e.g. Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Spanish 3).
As far as my Sonoma State career goes, I’ve been very ambitious during my time in college. I’ve taken the maximum amount of units offered each semester, double enrolled at the junior college to tackle additional classes, been president of a club, been part of honors societies, currently have two jobs, all while still being able to balance a good work ethic and catering to all my commitments equally and efficiently.
As far as my "tutoring experience" goes, I’ve been tutoring for the last few years on and off. I’ve tutored kids as young as 5th grade, and I’ve tutored kids as old as 10th grade. During my sessions, I assess the level of comprehension each of my students has. I work with them, engaging them in the subjects that they struggle in. I put myself in their shoes and understand the pace that they need to be at, and I go from there. I never force anything upon a student. If they don’t understand something, I slowly go through the concept with them until it’s been understood—no matter how simple it may be. Since deciding to become a tutor, I was able to tutor kids in both the Rohnert Park and Sacramento area, helping them achieve the goals they had set for themselves.
My best tutoring strategy is what I call "cheat and explain." If a student doesn't understand a certain question, I don't hesitate to answer it for them. However, as I answer the question, I explain in exact detail what steps I take to complete the problem. After completion, I erase the answer, and I tell the student to answer it themselves and explain their reasoning.
I feel this helps because I know from experience that students would ask for help, but would simply only care about the answer. That's not how learning works. Learning is about the process between the question and the answer. If someone's goal is to only get the end result, then they need broaden their environment and understand the true value of education—and that’s something I’m here to help with.
Thanks for considering me to be a tutor! Hope to work with you soon!
I have been in the performing arts since I was in early middle school. I have been in musicals, plays, choirs, talent shows, talent competitions, and more. I have taken various theatre classes both in high school and college, and I have been taught by many great mentors including Grammy-nominated Lynne Morrow.
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