Hi, my name is Tracy. I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and in my late 20s I came to America with very little English. As a result, the only job I could find was in the Chinese restaurant business. After some years, I was frustrated with my inability to communicate with customers, so I enrolled in an ESL class and studied very hard. Later, with encouragement from my ESL teachers, I took community college level writing classes and, with much persistence, gradually improved my English. Ten years later, I have not only an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Palomar College, but also two BA degrees in Economics and Chinese Studies with a GPA of 3.6 from the University of California, San Diego. I finished with honors, which allowed me to be a member of the exclusive Golden Key International Honor Society.
How did I do it? Some people say that I was smart, but I say I was smart in terms of how to help myself to master every subject along the way towards my degrees. In doing so, I attained very good study skills. I led many study groups at Palomar College and UCSD and helped my classmates in their test preparations. Many of my classmates expressed to me that I explained the material in a better and easier way than the professors. From this type of feedback, I realized that I have a talent for teaching and that I really enjoy helping others to learn something--no matter how simple or hard it is. I believe that if I can do it, you can do it too!
I have helped many students to attain their high school diploma while tutoring at the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education. While there, I worked with students aged 16-74 with many different levels of learning. Some had ADHD, dyslexia, substance abuse problems, etc. This was challenging, but extremely rewarding. Nothing pleases me more than the moment when a student has a light bulb go off in his or her head and says, "I understand"! I love to see students' confidence grow!
Although I have worked primarily with adults, I love working and communicating with children as well. I believe that I can help anyone that is struggling with Math!
Past students and classmates of mine have expressed how easy I made the learning process for them. I understand the problems associated with performance and test anxiety, so I keep the learning environment fun and relaxed. I do this by being patient and explaining problems in different ways by using real-life examples that make sense to the individual. In this way, the student is at ease, which allows a good frame of mind for learning. Learning math can actually be fun and stress free!
As I have alluded to, Math is one of my strongest suits and I am passionate about helping others to understand it and maybe even like it! I am constantly searching for new ways of explaining concepts that can make learning come more easily for students. I can help students to understand the Math skills required for such things as the GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT exams.
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