I grew up in Malaysia and traveled to the US when I was 12 years old, so I have a lot of experience with different cultures and I bring that experience to my job as a tutor. I have a bachelor’s degree in applied and computational mathematics from the University of Southern California and I tutor grades 3-College.
I like to ask questions that dig into the reason why certain things work the way they do. I believe the most effective way of learning is to first learn how to learn.
When I was in high school, I was involved with a program called YES that helped students who were on the brink of failing. These students were struggling with their classwork because they were also facing a lot of problems outside of school. One of my students was dealing with a very difficult situation at home and he was not able to focus on his homework there. Knowing that, I tried to create a comfortable space during the one hour of time we had after school. Around Halloween, I brought candies for him; around Christmas, I brought a little inexpensive present for him. I believed that if I could create a space where he felt comfortable, he will be able to retain information that was presented to him. Throughout the year, I worked with the organizer of the program to help him work through both the problems he faced in and out of school. We noticed that his grade has slowly catching up, and that he talked more during our tutoring sessions. At the end of the year, he was able to pass the grade and move on to the next one.
Video games, reading, anime