I am a military brat, and raised around the world. I have studied at schools in two different countries and 4 different states, including three different colleges -- Monterey Peninsula College, San Francisco State University, and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Pitzer College in California.
I have tutored in California and Georgia, for several different tutoring companies. In California, I worked primarily with students in the No Child Left Behind program. I have worked with students in group and private situations, though I do prefer private one-on-one tutoring as I can better address the student's individual needs.
Topics I have taught range from kindergarten mathematics to first semester college calculus. I have also taught physics, SAT and ACT math prep, German, English grammar, creative writing, and social studies.
I love tutoring. The moment the student has an epiphany, and I get to see that light bulb go off as they finally get something with which they were struggling, is extremely rewarding. My method is one to help the student gain an understanding of the why of things, not just the how or what. I find this allows the student to apply their knowledge to a larger variety of problems, and arms them to tackle tougher challenges than a traditional "it's just how it is" approach.
I look for alternative ways to approach mathematics - ways to handle it more simply, and more concretely, than it is typically taught. I use more visual mnemonics and try to make it all relatable so the student will better grasp and retain the information. If a concept can be related simply, in a manner that makes it more tangible to the student, the lesson will remain with you longer, and you will be better able to use it in more situations.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Pitzer College - Bachelors, Physics
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I attempt to help the student see the connections involved and learn the reasoning processes necessary for them to be able to reach answers on their own.