### John

Upon returning to college as a non-traditional student, I spent a good deal of time as the one being tutored. I know what it is like to struggle with algebra. It did not come intuitively to me. It would be fair to say that I "hated math." I truly understand how it feels to want to give up. However, I feel that many of us build up these mental walls about math due to too much "how," and not enough "why" in the classroom.

One day, during my third attempt at MATH1111, I had an "epiphany moment" about functions and algebraic expressions that had eluded me during my first two attempts. Transforming from a student filled with hopelessness and resistance towards math, I completed my College Algebra course and ultimately tackled Trigonometry (pre-calculus), Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Discrete Mathematics. I believe that my own insights into certain behaviors about mathematics, combined with instructor's curriculum, can help students realize the concept and strengthen their own problem-solving moxie.

In addition to my passion for helping others understand math, I have a knack for essay writing. It has been my observation that one of the most common oversights student writers tend to make is not taking the time to understand the topic before diving in. I also enjoy helping students improve their ability to be more expressive and stylistic in their writing.

I live by the mantra "Give someone a fish and you'll feed them for a day -- but teach someone how to fish and they will never go hungry."

University of North Georgia - Bachelors, Computer Science