The main reason why I like math is that I practiced doing a lot of problems. This will increase the speed to solve problems. It was always fun for me to solve problems. I find problems as a bunch of clues that help to you solve 'riddle' and that is your final answer. Currently I am in Cerritos community college student planning to pursue my bachelors degree in mathematics and masters then PhD to become a math professor. I always helped my friends in school and college to do their work in math class. They always told me that I can be a good teacher and they understand every thing that I teach them. This really motivated me to become a math professor.
My favorite topics in math are algebra, precalculus and calculus. For most of the higher math classes a student have to know algebra. If a person is good at the basis of math they he or she can take any higher math classes without any difficulties. I spend in a lot of my time in algebra that made it my favorite. Since precalculus and calculus have to deal with a lot of algebra i like them too.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would really like to know what the knowledge level of the student is related to the subject, and that will really help me to plan how I should teach the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help the student to solve one of the problems by going step by step, and later will assign another problem of same kind so the student can solve it. It will also help me to know how much the student understood about the topic.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can give a lot of examples from my life to keep them motivated. I have experienced that learning math is not rocket science.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Give the student a lot of examples - as problems and as real life situations, so that the student clearly knows the use of the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Grab the student’s attention. A student needs undivided attention to learn math. Start by giving easy questions and then make it harder so they can think and solve it by themselves.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
After covering the material, I would give the problems to solve so that I can make sure that the student understood the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Learning is what humans do, so I will convince them that it will be never be hard to learn anything in life.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching style would be going through each step of the problem with the student and making sure they understand the concept and where it could be used later in other classes. Later, I'd assign them similar questions to check how much they understood the concept.