### Ileana

Mathematics is an essential element in fields such as computer science, engineering, robotics, and many more. It is also a common subject many students have trouble with. Student are intimidated by the subjects that they struggle in; often it is their lack of confidence that gets in the way of progress. Math is, potentially, one of the most straight-forward subjects given the rules and steps are laid out for one to follow. Often people think it is difficult because it can be very tedious and in being so, students get lost. Math can be more enjoyable when students are able to understand fundamentally what they are doing when applying certain rules. Instead of applying things blindly, if there is a true understanding behind it, they are more likely to follow steps correctly and remember it much more easily in the future. By having a strong understanding is how we build a strong foundation; like a growing tree, math keeps building on itself, but if the roots are week the tree will fall. I believe that anyone can be taught given the right method. We all have different styles and paces of learning; it is my goal to accommodate my students with the approach that best suits them.

A little bit about me:

I graduated college with a B.A. degree in Physics and a math minor. Currently, I am working towards a Master's in Education with a concentration in math. After my undergraduate studies, I have been working as both a math tutor and an audio engineer for the last couple of years. My hobbies are mainly music-oriented although I do enjoy the occasional DIY projects. I enjoy outdoor activities and I love my pug, Lady.

The mottoes I live by are:

1. Be more forgiving because often we don't see the other side of the story.

2. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

3. Don't dwell on the "I should have." The past is in the past and we have our future to worry about.

4. Bad things will eventually happen and tough times will eventually come, so just live your life to the fullest.

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