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University of California, San Diego (Mathematics)
I have obtained a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics in 2013 from SDSU and a Bachelor's Degree in Pure Mathematics from UCSD. I am planning to teach at community colleges in the near future. Tutoring is a great way for me to refresh my knowledge and to gain more teaching experience.
At SDSU, I was working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, where I prepared, lectured, and reviewed specialized supportive lessons to calculus students in parallel with the professor's lectures.
Prior to transferring to UCSD, I was a tutor for the math department at my junior college, where I worked 20 hours a week between my classes and on weekends. This allowed me to scratch the surface in discovering what it takes to be a good teacher. It’s often said that one learns 90% of the material that they teach. I found this to be especially true when I was a tutor since even though you may think you understand the material, you don’t learn it as well as you should until you have to teach it to someone else. As a result, I was able to improve my skills in both math and teaching from my tutoring experience
Moreover,as a requirement of my previous educational studies coursework for EDS 129A, I was assigned to De Portola Middle School in San Diego. In my time there, I shadowed a math teacher and my time was split between both observation and direct participation in the instructional process. I assisted students as a tutor in both individual and group work by helping them understand the material and completing their assignments.
From my personal experience as both a student and a tutor, I’ve found that the educational process is not as simple as made out to be. I believe that lifelong learning is a crucial part of an individual’s success. In order for a student to grasp the importance of becoming a lifelong learner, he or she must first maintain a positive attitude and outlook in school. When coupled with good learning skills, students can strengthen their performance in school and improve the chances of success in the future. As a tutor, I would work to ensure that not only do students learn the course material, but also that they have the right attitude in doing so. To truly be successful, learning must be driven by desire and not simply by necessity. My goals are to help myself become a better teacher and help the students become better learners.
I am a very approachable and friendly person; therefore, a lot of students find it easier to approach and ask me questions without any hesitation. I am an organized person and also very patient and responsible. I have obtained a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics in 2013 from SDSU and a Bachelor's Degree in Pure Mathematics from UCSD. I am planning to teach at community colleges in the near future. Tutoring is a great way for me to refresh my knowledge and to gain more teaching
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