I enjoy Math related subjects and have tutored and taught Math courses like Algebra to PreCalculus and Calculus in both High School and College levels. I have obtained my Masters degree in Mathematics plus 7 years later, my PhD, also in Mathematics. In the US, I have lived a year in Washington State (Seattle area) and close to a year in California (Los Angeles area). Outside the US, I grew up and resided in the Philippines (Manila area) until moving to Texas (Houston area) in 1994, which is the year after I obtained my doctorate in pure math. I speak English and Filipino fluently & can manage simple conversations in Spanish. My goal is to make a difference, one student or one class at a time by helping each person learn incrementally their math related material.
University of the Philippines - Bachelors, Mathematics
University of the Philippines - Masters, Mathematics
University of the Philippines - PhD, Mathematics
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have many years of experience as a teacher or professor in mathematics plus non-academic roles in industry and the private sector whereby my skills were, to some extent, applied. I can share that knowledge and offer anecdotes and stories of how math and statistics play a big role in everyday life particularly in work, life, and investing/budgeting, etc.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I can make up my own math and stat problems just in case the reference materials are lacking. Thus, they can be tailor-made to illustrate certain topics in math and math-related subjects. Hence, practice tests given sporadically help zero in on any deficiencies in comprehension of said material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Patience on my part and on theirs. I would often remind them that Rome wasn't built in a day. Same with math or math related courses/disciplines. I try to encourage them when they struggle with a topic and try to maximize pointing out the minor steps in solving problems and equations in their subject matter.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In math, their teachers provide assessments that I can go over with so as to gauge where to start. I can, of course, use their reference materials like textbooks and have the student try an assessment that covers the area currently being worked on. Or use my own catered test to see what concepts need explanation and/or extra work.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each person is different and some have the full spectrum in regards to motivation for study and comprehension of Math topics/concepts. I strive to listen to each one and emphasize either visual methods or auditory techniques or both. If applicable, I use tactile math learning items as appropriate per age/grade.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I normally go by what the student brings from school or college. These are usually sufficient like textbooks, worksheets, websites, notes, etc. However, I do bring my own paper and pen (one black and at least one other color). I can also bring my laptop and/or smartphone/iPad if called for.