I have been a high school math teacher for the past 6 years, while tutoring on and off since 2006. During this time, I have taught Algebra 1 to Statistics to pre-calculus/trigonometry, including ACT math prep. I have had great success with all of my students including students with learning disabilities.
Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder - BA, Mathematics
University of Colorado at Boulder - MA, Curriculum and instruction in mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to really get to understand how a student's brain processes information, and then find ways to break down math content into smaller parts to make it more accessible for everyone.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We will talk about what you struggled with in math, what you like in math and in general, and then do some practice problems so that I can get to know your style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them tools to use while problem solving.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Set obtainable goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find where their misunderstanding lies. Then reteach and keep building to reach the goal.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would teach the student a labeling technique of reading problems, then have them write down the important information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Deciding what they need by asking them about the goals, where they struggle, and what they are interested in.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Repetition. The more you learn to struggle eventually it will become easier to you and then you will gain more confidence.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, calculator, online tools.