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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in May 2012 with a BS in Meteorology and a Minor in Mathematics. Throughout my education, I have gained a background in Chemistry, Physics, and of course Math. Ever since I was young, Math has been one of my favorite subjects and it is evident in my experiences. I have always helped my friends in Math when growing up, whether it be Algebra or Calculus. I started getting paid for it during college when I tutored students in Pre-Calculus to upper level Calculus courses. I have tutored students that are Engineering majors to those going into law. Teaching a huge array of people that come from different backgrounds, I have to tutor in a way that everyone is able to understand. Additionally, my degree in Meteorology helps those that are in Chemistry and Physics as the fundamentals of meteorology require a background in these fields. Whether it be kinematics or gas laws, all of these fit into the structure of the field; though most students come to me for help in Math.

My approach with students is to try to work with them to solve the problems. I show them the basics of their questions and work from there to help them fully comprehend what the questions want you to do. I need to show the students how to solve the problems on their own. That way, when a test comes around they will know the concepts and how to solve their problems for themselves. I try to make it fun like a puzzle that needs to be solved. I know problems can be frustrating when you don't get the right answers, but my job is to give them the knowledge and confidence to not only solve the problems at hand, but also to incorporate these assets in their everyday lives.

In my free time, I enjoy going hiking to see the magnificent views the world has to offer! I also love my two Portuguese water dogs, exercising, weather, video games, and having a good time with friends and family.

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Gavin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Hawaii at Manoa - Bachelor of Science, Meteorology

Graduate Degree: Missouri State University - Master of Science, Geoscience

Test Scores

SAT Math: 700

GRE Quantitative: 770


Hiking, Weather, Exercising, Tennis, Video Games, Hanging with friends

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

A practical education is prudent for the future of our society. In order to prosper, we must leave a legacy for future generations and the most efficient way of doing this is through scholarly purposes. Curriculum, a foundation, acts to be a road map for students in order to best understand the goals of the course. Motivation, the need, supplies for the students to light their own fires for their own individual goals. Honesty, good nature, is indispensable for people to be successful with not just school but their own lives in how the correspond with one another. Lastly, collaboration, to come together, might be the most important. With collaboration with the faculty and students, that is where true greatness comes to show its true colors.

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

Get to know the student and the background information behind the problems they are struggling in and how to best decide the specific teaching methodology that should be applied.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Make sure they can answer each question with less and less help from me. I basically want to not have a job so they are best able to do the work they need to accomplish their goals on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep things light and try to make the material relatable to the student, and see what we can do to keep their interest up and to motivate them in their lives.

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

Try to go to the foundation of the subject of the material and make building blocks of the concepts.

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