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Erik

I received my B.S. of Mathematics and Physics from the University of Iowa in 2009. While pursing my degree I felt invigorated tutoring undergraduate students in the Physics Tutorial Room and it sparked my interest in math and science education. I have three years of tutoring experience working with TRiO Student Support Services in individual and group settings. I also have many hours of experience tutoring students in subjects like Geometry, Algebra II and Precalculus at City High School of Iowa City. My favorite subjects to tutor are Algebra II, Precalculus and Physics because I feel the content has a good amount of variety and I have a lot of experience tutoring them.

I find it very satisfying to engage students and help them reach their academic goals. I am enthusiastic, have good communication skills (communication includes listening!) and always come organized and prepared for sessions. Students learn differently and I do my absolute best to provide a personalized service and use teaching strategies that will help them the most. I am a strong believer that by establishing an easy going and positive atmosphere it allows the tutor and student to be comfortable asking any questions, give honest answers and contributes to a "learning partnership" rather than a more traditional and imposing teacher/student relationship.

My tutoring style is to first try to teach by using questions instead of by lecturing. When a student is able to discover a solution themselves it is easier for them to recreate it using their own problem solving methods later. I like to break difficult problems into smaller pieces that are easier to understand and explain each step. I believe the most effective way to learn and retain something new is to relate the material to a few key concepts rather than trying to memorizing lots of bits of information.

I look forward to getting to know students academically as well as personally. Life is so busy we can get caught up in completing our checklists and forget to give attention to the experiences and relationships with the people that surround us. I believe fostering personal connections is essential not only for successful teaching and learning but to living a fulfilling life.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Iowa - Bachelors, Mathematics/Physics

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