### Barber

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Math minor. I love teaching math and in particular competition math. I love math contests! I was the captain of the Andover High School Math Team during my Junior and Senior years of high school. I enjoyed helping my fellow students prepare for math competitions. I search for gaps in understanding and then I try to fill them by explaining and using examples. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, board games, and magic tricks.

University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

College Physics

Discrete Math

High School Physics

Quantitative Reasoning

What is your teaching philosophy?

I search for gaps in understanding, and then I try to fill them by explaining and using examples. I believe you should explain things as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Try to figure out where the students need help. Then I'd help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By making sure that they can apply what they've learned independently.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd keep trying, and I'd use a different explanation or example.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading comprehension takes a lot of focus and practice. I'd give assignments.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Searching for gaps in understanding and then filling them by explaining and using examples.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking them and finding gaps in understanding through examples.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By talking to the student to better understand what they need.