Elina Lee


Dec 4, 2004




Takoma Park Middle

Parent Name:

Emily Tai

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11723 Devilwood Drive





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Describe your tutoring experience if you have any:

I have been tutoring a seventh grader in algebra 1 for an hour each week at a local library since this March. We usually start by reviewing topics he does not understand in class from last week, then reinforcing the concept by practicing in Khan Academy or the problems in his textbook. This is followed by previewing new topics. If time permits, I introduce some cool math patterns such as the Pythagorean Theorem or the Golden Ratio, or bring up challenge problems from my school’s math team. After all, math is fun!

In addition to tutoring math, I also assist with teaching the kindergarteners Chinese phonetics and different forms of art at the Washington School of Chinese Language and Culture every week during the school year. Besides, I am a brown belt in karate and have been helping lower ranks practice basic karate techniques in sparring and weapons. Helping students with a second language and a new sport will increase their knowledge of their culture and mine as well.

What subjects can you confidently tutor?

Algebra I, Spanish, Music

When will you be able to participate and volunteer in the program?

7/1 - 7/5

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Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:

I am an eighth grader in Takoma Park Middle School’s STEM Magnet Program and love reading in my pastime. I also enjoy studying math on my own, and play the alto saxophone. I played clarinet in fourth grade, and played piano for two years. For band and small ensembles, I arrange music written by well known composers, or record notes based on the tune to a song we like and add harmonies. Composing jazz and pentatonic music is another of my hobbies.

I was offered my current tutoring opportunity by my Spanish teacher, and it has been a great experience. As the philosopher Seneca says, “While we teach, we learn.” By teaching other students what I had learned, I am reviewing the material to see if I understand what I was taught. If I can reteach the information to another such that they can understand and practice the topics, it means that I have mastered the material. Tutoring also increases communication skills; if a student does not understand something, different methods are needed to explain a concept and clarify what we mean. Mentoring other learners will help me learn more about myself and better understand the concepts.

Reference Name:

Jennifer Stanton-Brand

Reference Job Title:

Middle School Spanish Teacher

Relationship to Applicant:

Spanish Teacher

Have you participated in BranchOut! before?

No, I have not participated in BranchOut before.

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