When connecting with my tutoring, I hope that every student will feel a sense of pride knowing that they are one step closer to reaching their goals and accomplishing their tasks with efficiency. With two years of experience in elementary school tutoring in Sacramento and additional experience as a TA at UC Davis, I strive to teach children and young adults about the subject materials they need guidance in with passion and positive energy. As a former student athlete and double major at UC Davis, I aim to share my enthusiasm for learning with students and hope that they can also reach their academic goals. I like to share fun and studious ways and tips to prepare for tests, complete papers, and make the material enjoyable. Through my own experiences as a student and tutor, I’ve come to learn that learning itself is not something that we strictly undergo in the classroom. It’s our everyday experiences and willingness to learn from them that ultimately make us students all our life. As John Dewey puts it, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” How amazing is that!
It’s those “Ah hah!” moments that are truly rewarding when tutoring. I enjoy witnessing the growth that each individual experiences as well as the determination and motivation that strengthens overtime. It is witnessing those moments when students overcome mountainous struggles over subject material that makes tutoring worthwhile. Sometimes, students may think that they shouldn’t struggle when it comes to learning, but truthfully, the struggle is part of the journey, especially in academics. In fact, one could think of education as the Silk Road. Every person has to tread through the desert to get to the other side, and often times, it requires a guide to get you there. While trying to understand material seems more like finding the lost city of Atlantis, it’s important to remember that every person has his/her strengths and weaknesses and they may not appear on equal ground. One’s picket fence may be another’s Great Wall of China. When students begin to refocus their energies in the right spot, they are that much closer to achieving their goals and that is the most important aspect about learning.
Celine came highly recommended by a friend and we have been very happy with her. My daughter is in third grade and her math skills are good, but she was starting to lack confidence in math class. Having someone to work with one-on-one has really helped. It’s not just math drills; they usually work on equations to start, take a little break with some games, and then move on to story problems. They work together for 30 minutes, and then Celine sends a couple of worksheets to be completed by the next week’s session. We started working with Celine in the summer, so she has been working on general 3rd grade math skills, but recently we connected her with my daughter’s teacher, to personalize the lessons more. My daughter is shy around other people, especially adults, but she seemed comfortable with Celine right away, even asking Celine if she could read her a short story that she wrote! This speaks volumes to me about how open and friendly Celine is. We would highly recommend Celine!
Céline is a phenomenal tutor who is able to get into my daughters world with ease and keep her attention focused even in distance learning mode. As most parents will tell you this can be a quite the feat of achievement for a child elementary age. 😆 Céline is always able to pull My daughters attention to the points of the lesson while relating to her interests. My daughter is very picky about her tutors but adores Céline and has requested many times to even have additional tutoring time with Céline. She is punctual, flexible and provides appropriate work when needed to continue lessons outside of sessions. During this time of distance learning and uncertainty in the classroom and stability we feel so lucky to have someone like Céline in our corner.
When working with new students, I like to assess their goals and aspirations. I ask about the following:
1) How are classes conducted?
2) What do you find useful or not useful in school?
3) What do you find difficult or easy in the class?
4) How are tests structured? (
I also like to get an idea of their learning style (how their classes are conducted, what they find useful or not useful, what do they wish was different about the class, etc.). I try to be flexible according to the needs of the students.
I obtained a double degree in Chinese and History at the University of California, Davis, and I've also taken intensive summer school and extension classes at University of California, Berkeley. I was also a Division 1 student athlete a UC Davis, so I understand the pressure and the expectations in the life of athletes pursuing higher degrees. In high school, I tutored elementary school students in math and reading comprehension. After I graduated college, I had the amazing opportunity to be granted a TA position at UC Davis despite not being a graduate student. I loved TAing at UC Davis and it gave me great professional experience in higher education.
Prices vary based on services needed. I use hourly pay rates, so if my quoted price is $30 per hour, then it will be $15 per half hour.
My teaching began in high school mostly. I was a teacher's assistant in middle school and in high school, but my experience working in a classroom and interacting with students came from volunteer work at one of my local elementary schools when I was in high school. I interacting with more tutors in college and learned more through their techniques. I've also assisted classmates with subject material, such as college essay-writing. My real-time paid job as a "teacher" was at UC Davis.
I've worked with a wide variety of students, including athletes, students with learning disabilities, elementary school children, college students and foreign-exchange students.
Students should look for teachers who have a lot of energy, flexibility and patience. I think having an easy-going attitude is very important because while students may be stressed out about their grades or performance, it's first and foremost important to stay calm, collected and level-headed when approaching anything.
Explain the situation. (Tell your story. Explain your thoughts or concerns regarding your academics right now.)
Have a clear idea about your goals. (Where do you wish to go with your academics? What do you hope to achieve?)
Understand your strengths and weaknesses. (What do you do well with? What do you struggle with?)
Explain your learning preferences. (What in the classroom works for you? What doesn't work?)
Explain the format of your tests. (How does your teacher format tests? What's challenging?)
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