Born and raised in Foster City, math and numbers always were an interest of mine. Even before elementary school I used to count and keep track of various tasks a 4 year old would do like count the number of times I’ve successfully buckled my own seat belt. This led to my mom encouraging my 2nd grade math teacher to give me an additional math packet which I could work on throughout the year once I finished my regular math assignments. My interest in math and numbers would continue all the way through my schooling where I recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Data Science.
Apart from academics I also participated in team sports, such as hockey, soccer, and football. Sports were actually what got me into tutoring as my high school soccer coach challenged me and the rest of the captains to help some of the struggling teammates improve their grades so that they could be eligible to play. It was more than rewarding to work with friends and teammates to improve their grades as well as academic interest. This experience would lead to me continuing to tutor voluntarily during college and more recently before joining AJ tutoring I was also doing private algebra tutoring.
From my experiences, the main philosophy that I have taken away is that every student learns and absorbs information in their own way. For me as an educator, I take the responsibility of molding a teaching style and curriculum that is tailored to best resonate with each of my students, not just one cookie cutter strategy for all students. I find that what works for most does not work for all. Having been through a data science curriculum in college I am not only comfortable with subjects such as algebra, calculus, and even physics, but I also pride myself on having good pattern detection, which I like to apply when I teach students. I learn from every student I teach and I use my previous experiences with similar students to apply proven learning strategies for each new student I teach.