I am currently a Junior at Boston University studying mathematics and I am on the premedical track. I have taken all of the basic math courses in college that a math or engineering major would need. I also took BC calculus in high school and am familiar with the AP tests. I took SAT's my senior year and I took the math I and II subject tests. For the last two years Ive volunteered at one of the local hospitals and I work at the local ski area in the winter. I am really friendly, and I think my tutoring style is fairly low stress. When I am not studying or working I love to spend time outside and do things like running, hiking, camping, boating, and skiing. I think that someone in need of a tutor just has not had enough personal attention with a subject. If I was to be someones tutor my goal above everything is for the student to really understand the subject material, not to just be able to do problems. If you are friendly and need a little bit of help in my subject matters, then I would love to help!
Boston University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 720
SAT Writing: 720
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 780
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 750
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that for a student to be able to succeed in a subject they first need to understand the subject. Learning how to do specific problems is not enough because if a student understands a problem then they can apply that knowledge in the future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I would sit down with them and an old test or homework assignment and go through each problem that they did not understand. We would talk about the core concepts in each problem, and then once they mastered those concepts, we would move onto their more current work.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A skill that is difficult to master, especially in math, is the ability to learn from a textbook. I would be able to help a student sit down with their math textbook and show them how to read it in order to gain the most out of it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to increase a student's motivation, I would try to present them with problems that are in line with their interests. I would also give them problems that I am more confident they would know how to do, if they are struggling. I think that gaining knowledge and understanding problems is motivating in itself, and it is important to be reminded that even though you may not understand the most recent topic, you still possess old valuable knowledge.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the skill into smaller pieces and relate it back to something the student is already familiar with. I would also work a whole problem out for them, explaining each step along the way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would break down sections paragraph by paragraph, and once we finish each section, I'd discuss what happened and the implications of the text with the student.