I was a doctoral student in Mathematics at The Ohio State University before moving to Los Angeles. I've been tutoring math since high school and started teaching courses as an undergraduate. Combined, I have over nine years of experience teaching and tutoring mathematics at the grade school, high school and post-secondary levels, from pre-algebra to differential equations. My goal in tutoring is to create an environment that students can enjoy learning in, understanding how they think and what approaches will work best for them, and ensuring that they have a strong fundamental background for future success in their academic careers.
Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Mathematics
Ohio State University-Main Campus - Masters, Mathematics
High School Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Create an environment and a rapport that is conducive to learning, understand the student's strengths and help them utilize them, and ensure a strong fundamental background.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, it's important to develop a rapport with the student, understanding their strengths and motivations, and gauging what fundamentals need to be addressed. Typically, I'll ask what types of activities they're interested in, how they feel about math and their abilities, and where they are in their studies. I'll usually ask to see examples of their work or ask them to solve some practice problems to see how they work and begin addressing any issues that might arise, and work on tailoring a teaching style that complements their style of learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A major deterrence to a student becoming an independent learner is an apprehension to making mistakes. However, making mistakes and learning from them is one of the most effective ways to improve. Students should be comfortable making mistakes and trying new approaches to problem solving. Building a student's confidence in their own abilities and teaching them how to learn from their mistakes rather than be deterred by them can both greatly help students to become more independent.