Tutor Miss Shuofei Y. of San Francisco CA USA tutors homework help in Business, Foreign Language, Home School

Miss Shuofei Y. of San Francisco CA USA Tutor Profile

Tutor Personal Information

Name: Miss Shuofei Y.
Gender: Female   Age: 22-25
Tutoring Style and/or Experience

Personal Statement:
Growing up in Beijing, China, I have always been good at Math and Science at school. I used to go to Math camp every Saturday over 8 years from 10 to 18. Solving Math problems has become a part of my life. I went to the best schools from elementary education all the way to higher education in China. I was top 2% student during Elementary school and 5% student during Middle school and high school. My strength was Math, Physics, Chemistry and study skills. I also was an award winner of Youth Mathematics Olympics Competition when I was 12. The intense Math training from elementary school to high school provided me a solid problem-solving skill. I speak English and Mandarin fluently. I'd be honored if more students could benefit from my knowledge of years Math/Science-learning, English-learning and exam-taking experience.

Besides study, I love to travel, making friends from all over the world, and have new experiences. During past several years, I worked as a tour guide, office assistant, teaching assistant, etc. Exchanging life experience with others is the most enjoyable part of my life.

I'm also a big fan of TV shows and movies. My favorite TV show and movie are "The Amazing Race" on CBS and "Anchorman: Legend of Ron Burgundy".

I go to gym and rock climbing fairly often as well.

My approach:
Communication, observation, and summarizing are the most crucial factors when comes to tutoring. My tutoring approach is to combine these three factors and teach students the way to learn in long term, not just help them solve problems.

Each student has his/her own pattern to study, do homework and take exams. I first communicate with students to get to know their curriculum, teachers' teaching mode, the problems and challenges they are facing to. Then I'll go over students' textbooks, homework and tests, observing their patterns of study and exam-taking. At last I summarize the reason why students always make certain mistakes.

For example, during the first semester I worked as a TA, I once was grading the assignments for this 30-student class, and found out they had this same problem in common, calculating percentage change. After talking to some of the students who always showed up during my office hours, I got to know that they did not know what percentage change was and the professor did not clarify it in class either. Then I posted an equation summary with percentage change calculation and other common used concepts. Students appreciated it a lot. Thus I did the same thing during the second semester and students all loved it too.

Patience and encouragement are also important, especially to students who do not have much confidence in themselves. Delivering positive information to them can help have a better attitude towards future study.

My experience:

I was a teaching assistant at Department of Economics in USF for an entire academic year 2008-2009. Besides grading assignments and tests for about 70 students in total, my responsibility also included helping students better understand the curriculum and teaching them how to take exams, and reporting students' learning feedback to professor. I worked 20hr/week. The class I was tutoring for was Principle of Macro, which required basic algebra.

The most important thing I learned from this TA experience was how to communicate with students and try to understand them from their perspectives. Understanding students is the only way to improve their learning skills and establish their confidence.
Why I am a great tutor

My education background and teaching assistance experience have prepared me to be a good tutor. My field research experience in India last summer gave me an eye-opening and memorable experience. I improved my learning and communication skills by conducting my own independent research and working as a member of a graduate and professional team. I helped to train local enumerators, coordinated focus groups to test the efficacy of a survey instrument, and visited many of the 500 households in our survey sample. The surveying and thesis writing also trained my observation and summarizing skills. What's more, not only had these experiences polished my teamwork spirit but also independent work performance.

I was also a teaching assistant for undergraduate's Macro Economics in University of San Francisco. I loved assisting students to better understand the curriculum and teaching them how to take exams. I improved my teaching skills from this one-year teaching assistant experience. Students and the professor all appreciated my work.

I also tutored two high school students Math, Physics and Chemistry during college in China.

I currently start to tutor a 6th-Grade Pre-Algebra and Mandarin.

Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability

Grades Tutored: Elementary, High School, College, Graduate
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Contract Availability: Long Term or Open-Ended Tutoring Commitments.
Tutoring Rates: $25.00 to $50.00
Sliding Scale: This tutor offers a sliding scale for students with economic hardships.

Tutor Background

Time Spent Tutoring: 1-2 years
Students Tutored: More than 50
Special/Focus Groups: Gifted/Talented,Home Schooling,Physical Disabilities,Remedial
Educational Level: Masters
Major: Economics
School: University of San Francisco
Awards I was a two-award winner of Youth Mathematics Olympics Competition when I was 12. The intense Math training from elementary school to high school provided me a solid problem-solving skill. I speak English and Mandarin fluently. I'd be honored if more students could benefit from my knowledge of years Math-learning, English-learning and exam-taking experience.
Teacher Certification: No

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