The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Deshani Senewiratne
- What is your experience as a tutor or teacher?
I have tutored for more than 6 years. Throughout my classroom experiences, I learned that children have different learning styles. My background in political science helps me to acknowledge these different learning styles and adapt my teaching in order to promote learning. Through working with different students, I have helped them succeed by creating a positive environment that fosters learning. By emphasizing organization and establishing structured routines, I am able to help students grow and achieve their goals. Before becoming an a graduate student, I worked as a tutor helping students with English, math and standardized test prep primarily in a one-on-one setting. Now, I get to use my skills to empower students more comprehensively, helping them to better organize their study area and their time, to find the study methods that work best and to specifically deal with executive function challenges such as focus/attention in a fun and creative way. My extensive experience with ESL students helps me understand the challenges facing students with executive function challenges or general study/organizational issues.
- Specialties – What subjects are you best at?
K-12- English, AP Literature, English, Grammar Skills, Writing Skills
AP US History, AP World History, AP European History
Algebra 1, Elementary Algebra
AP Biology and Physical Sciences
SAT Verbal and Grammar
- What days and times are you available to tutor?
Monday 11 AM-3 PM, 6 PM -9 PM
Tuesday- 11 AM – 9 PM (Anytime)
Wednesday – 11 AM – 9 PM (Anytime)
Thursday – 11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 9 PM
Saturday – 2 PM -6 PM,
Sunday- 10 AM – 12 PM, 3 PM -7 PM
- Where did you attend school? What degrees do you have?
University of California, Irvine – BA in Political Science and International Studies
Florence University of the Arts (Florence, Italy) – Certificate in International/Political Science
- What cities are you okay with tutoring in (i.e. how far are you willing to drive to tutor)?
Corona, Norco, Riverside area, Ontario, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Orange County cities.
- What are your hobbies when you are not working?
During my free time, I enjoy reading and cooking. My favorite type of food to cook is Italian food. Also, I enjoy hiking and biking around the city. I have a passion for traveling and exploring. I am always ready for an adventure. Not only have I traveled extensively around the United States, but I have had the opportunity to experience many other countries as well.
- What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher?
There is nothing better in the world than seeing a concept “click” in a student’s head. I have experience teaching math and English within the local inner-city schools in Downtown Los Angeles for middle and high school as well as teaching reading and math for elementary students. I have also taught English to international students, emphasizing improvements in speaking intonations, pronunciations, and word choice. I also have experience working with children with from various backgrounds who are struggling to learn English. The best part of teaching is how powerful and influential it can be in someone else’s life. I believe education can change the world and that it can inspire individuals to push themselves to become their best. I believe that being a part of that teaching process is one of the most important and rewarding experiences. I think the best way to improve a student’s learning style is to focus on his or her strengths. Once we figure out what areas need improvement, I like to try to adjust our routine in order to accommodate that student’s needs. Additionally, I believe organization and time management are critical in order to have a successful school year.
- What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?
I have been tutoring children, adolescents and college students for the past several years, and more recently have specialized in tutoring children who are ESL students. I currently work at UC Irvine and am part of a multisite study that explores the effects of stress. My goal is to make each lesson engaging by using stories, games, pictures and music while teaching students. I believe strongly in the importance of helping bright students with learning and behavioral differences gain confidence and improve their overall school performance. I love giving students the tools they need to solve problems. Some of my favorite moments in teaching have come when a student finally figures out how to solve a tricky algebra problem, or improves an essay through careful revising. Watching a student make progress is deeply rewarding. Sometimes, solving students learning difficulty with study skills can be a simple matter of changing one thing (making sure the student has a clean backpack; ensuring that the student has a daily planner with which to track assignments). Other times, it can be the interaction of several factors. I work closely with the student and parents to ensure that the learning difficulty is properly diagnosed and treated so the student can take full advantage of everything school has to offer.
If you’re interested in hiring Deshani as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com.
We provide tutoring in Corona, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Chino, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Ontario, Riverside, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities. We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Prepatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.