I'm an U.S. Marine reservist who has a wide range of personal, educational, and professional experiences that have enabled me to be a great tutor to students of all ages. I emigrated to the United States when I was only nine years old and entered the Virginia's public education system in the fourth grade. I understand the challenges of learning English as a Second Language (ESL) and have developed successful means to break the language barrier. Throughout high school, I enrolled in honors and A.P. courses (History, Biology, and Calculus) to earn college credits. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a great foundation in mathematics, biology, and genetics to earn a B.S. degree in Biology. I'm currently enrolled in Masters of Science program in Biodefense, which focuses on public administration and biology courses, at George Mason University. I'm currently working as a Cybersecurity Consultant for a military component at the Pentagon.
I have a three-year-old niece, a one-year-old nephew, and several elementary-aged cousins, so I'm great with kids of different ages. I've tutored my parents and older relatives with English and computer education. I've assisted them in their studies and successful passing of the U.S. citizenship exam, which focuses on the U.S. political system, American history, and civic duties. I've also tutored several of my younger friends who are still enrolled in undergraduate colleges including NOVA, GMU, and UVA. As a one of several leaders at my military unit in Washington, D.C., I have mentored young Marines through financial planning and martial arts (MCMAP).
My teaching philosophy is that the tutor must understand the challenges that each student faces and help him/her relate to the subject matter better to overcome those obstacles and succeed. The main key to successfully disseminate knowledge to any student is patience, because an individual requires multiple sources of learning before he/she can fully grasp the new information presented. The student's desire to learn is also critical, so the parents must provide the right support system and incentives for the students to strive for success. For example, several high schools offer students who earn all As in a given semester a free lunch at local restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse. For elementary kids, an allowance for earning the Honor Roll is appropriate. A strong partnership between the parents and the tutor can promote successful learning and academic achievements by any student.
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