-tutored for UCLA chemistry
-tutored for Singapore-Cambridge A-levels and top secondary schools in Singapore
-many years of experience, many satisfied students who have gained a much better grasp on and appreciation for chemistry
-many students tell me I always ask the right questions and make them think, and that I am able to pass on my efficient approach to solving problems to them too, as they start asking the questions I use to prompt then
Extremely fulfilling. Learning is fun and gives a deep satisfaction when things click in your mind and you just know how to approach a problem. This is my goal for tutoring -- to get you there so you can see it too.
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1. Go through syllabus & course schedule -- plan and pace tutoring (sessions to prepare for exams, determine topics to focus on and to skim)
2. Identify past topics that need a brush-up -- whether they were poorly understood or simply forgotten, this is crucial as a strong foundation is key for building on
3. Learning current topics -- summarizing and organizing all material so we cover all our bases and it's easier to review material, then discuss the key underlying concepts that tie them together, identifying trends, patterns, logical framework. Cover a few flexible practice questions testing multiple concepts together to ensure thorough understanding and ability to apply concepts
4. Studying in advance once we are done catching up. This will give us an edge and decrease the amount of time needed for studying as learning becomes much more efficient (you actually KNOW what's going on in class as you learn)
-UCLA Chemistry major, research in organic chemistry synthesis
-Singapore-Cambridge A Levels H2 Chemistry & H3 Pharm Chem
Tutoring since 7 years ago, first for elementary and middle schoolers, currently for high schoolers and college students.
Both students from underprivileged backgrounds as well as from competitive top schools. Students who had poor foundations as well as students who know their material but needed a nudge in the right direction to master concepts and ace tests.
Tutoring related: my year-long student calling me to tell me he got an A in the Singapore-Cambridge A-levels for H2 Chemistry (results come out 4 months after the exam). The H2 chemistry subject is extremely rigorous and equivalent to second-year chemistry in college. He is now studying economics, but I am so proud that together we were able to ace chemistry even if he wasn't initially interested in the subject at all. The year had really paid off and fruitful learning had taken place.
Non-tutoring related: I came back from a trip to see my cat again.
Many of my students have told me that they want to do well to make me proud. For me, tutoring is a team effort and students should be motivated and inspired by their tutors, and have fun learning together. This will build up to genuine interest and passion in the subject and long-lasting drive to perform.
Asking the right questions is a learning process. This is something I'm very good at cultivating in my students -- to ask the right questions to be able to guide themselves in problem-solving and in exams. There are many things to note, concepts to keep in mind, question intentions to understand, and a thought process that varies but is inevitably present for every problem. First I will guide you in identifying these factors by questioning you on them, prompting you to go in the right direction. And eventually you would be able to tell me what that direction is, ask those key questions yourself, figure out what you should do next, and know the way to solve a problem.
Before asking questions you should have read up on the material and prepared. This will maximize the impact of each question and productivity of our tutoring.