# Robert

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I look forward to helping you become better with your math, algebra I, and/or geometry work and understanding of such. I am certified to teach these subjects, have taught an algebra I class, and tutored for algebra I and geometry. Many of my students tell me I am very helpful to them. I currently teach math and algebra I for those seeking a GED. When I can, I try to give alternate ways of working some problems so the student can use whichever method works better for them.

I tested out of having to do math work in college. I had some great teaching at a high school to allow me to do this. I was 1 of 4 valedictorians for a class of around 770.

I used some of my math skills while being an economics major in college and earning my BA, graduating with highest honors (3.92/4).

I have taught and tutored for a pre-college algebra class for one semester, and I was invited to teach the next semester the same class, given the class's improvement. I have also tutored for geometry. I try to use realistic examples to apply algebra or geometry whenever I can. I also try to give whenever I can an alternative way of doing some problems, so one can latch on to which method works better for him/her. I will also try to come up with an acronym, funny label, or some other corresponding memory cue to help students remember how to work some problems.

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Undergraduate Degree: Wheaton College (Illinois) - Bachelors, Economics

I enjoy walking. I enjoy talking about good nutrition. I also am interested in discussing some parts of history and the universe's start and possible sustenance, as well as the possibility of a supernatural Creator(s) of its physical laws. I have also studied the Bible (and the Qur'an a bit). I also enjoy meeting at a Wendy's for tutoring.

## What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning is not just acquiring information, but also how to think to figure out answers.

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

Ask the student what they feel strongest, weakest, and in the middle about with the subject.

## How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Showing them how to reason some things out and how to try to find facts.

## How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement whenever possible.

## If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If possible, offer an alternative way to understand it. And/or find out where the difficulty begins.

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

Help them use context whenever possible. Also encourage them to do vocabulary builders.

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

It varies with the student.

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

A lot of encouragement.

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

Double checking questions, some practice.

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

One stage at a time.

## How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Based on their input and with my own questions.

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

By trying to build on the stronger areas whenever possible.

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

Whatever is available.