San Francisco State University (Computer Engineering)
Here's my secret weapon: I flunked algebra II in the tenth grade. True story. I blush as I write. I'll bet you're thinking that's not such a hot qualification for a tutor, am I right?
But check this out: I not only nailed the class the next time around, I aced trigonometry that summer, and was back on track for calculus and physics in my senior year. I now have a BS in Computer Engineering and interned at National Semiconductor, Instructables and NASA.
So how does my early failure make me a great tutor?
I viscerally realize that deep practice beats lazy talent every time.
I have made the journey from embarrassing letdown to bright success. I know your despair and want to help you conquer your obstacles. Hard won success feels like sipping lightning. I want this for you.
English qualifications: I am a short story writer, novelist, and avid reader.
Math/Science qualifications: undergrad degree in computer engineering--a wonderful discipline that lives at the intersection of hardware and software and results in the gadgets we've fallen in love with.
I've tutored these subjects at every level of education: elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and adult education. I even participate regularly in my son's preschool. But no matter what level you're on and what level you want to get to, it always comes down to one thing: deep practice.
Deep practice is the bridge between failure and success. There's no short cut; you'll have to work at it, in the right way--which will be unique to you. It can help to have a guide.
Regardless of the subject, there are four main areas I focus on in every tutoring session. The first is Ignition: remembering or discovering why success matters now. The next is Practicing Hard Skills: from reading critically to solving math problems. Third is Practicing Soft Skills: solving real world problems and thinking creatively. Lastly, Modeling Success: learning about people like you who have succeeded at a dream like yours can galvanize you into incredible action.
You'll come away from every session stronger, with concrete exercises you can continue on your own. Because of my wide base of experience, I can help in multiple subjects at once, and speak to many learning styles. Show me what you want to learn and let's transform your challenges into honors. Here's my secret weapon: I flunked algebra II in the tenth grade. True story. I blush as I write. I'll bet you're thinking that's not such a hot qualification for a tutor, am I right?
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