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Dustin

I have been hooked on mathematics since I was 4 years old, and my interest has never wavered. I love to explore mathematical relationships in the things around us, and sharing this fantastic connection with others.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Southern New Hampshire University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 29

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 32

SAT Composite: 1420

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 680

Mathematics, woodturning, chess

What is your teaching philosophy?

Whether a student is struggling in basic or advanced math, and whether it is a required course or an academic pursuit, the best way to teach any difficult topic is to relate it to the student and demonstrate its value. Appreciation and enthusiasm are the best tutors!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, get to know the student a little. What are their extracurricular interests? What are their academic ambitions? Then, I find out what they struggle with; walk me through it step-by-step so I can see where the breakdown in communication occurs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe independent academic discipline often results from increased enthusiasm and curiosity, which I have had great success in inspiring in my students.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Break it down. It is rare to find any part of mathematics that stands on its own: isolate the troublesome part and focus on it. Work to strengthen ideas tangential to the matter at hand.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Find out what words/phrasing are causing confusion. Help them re-word it as they read, molding it into a form more accessible to them.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Finding out their goals, ambitions and interests, and then linking the application of the material to those has brought them great success.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Again, find a real-world application of the subject to something they love, and show how they complement each other.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Practice problems, "quizzing", discussion, and posing problems outside of the typical structure they would see in a textbook.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Keep a record of where they started, so when they become discouraged, I can show them how far along they've already come.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Listen! Students don't want to fail; they want to succeed! By encouraging a peer-level discussion of the problems they encounter, it reduces negativity and doubt and encourages cooperation to achieve a goal.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Everyone learns differently. Some people are big picture; some focus on the details. Some like to memorize formulas; others like step-by-step practice. When you pay attention, it is a simple matter to craft coursework around their particular learning style.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I require that students, when possible, bring in the text from which they are working, and any recent graded assignments. If there is insufficient material within those on which to focus, I often print off problems to bring with me.