I currently am attending the University of Houston in the pursuit of a PhD in Economics. After finishing three years in the program I currently have two more left and really look forward to reaching my goal.
As far as tutoring is concerned, I have taught for a number of years and through the process have come to recognize a few key principles to learning.
I understand that a lot of students have various difficulties in school, but most of them boil down to a small number of causes which are completely fixable. The two which I try to isolate in my tutoring sessions are the fact that Math and Economics seem COMPLICATED and BORING to students.
Math is complex and overwhelms a number of students. Many students get a problem incorrect before they even begin to work towards the answer simply because they freak out after reading it. I remember back before I learned one little precept by which I now live my life, I used to stare at some Math problems and think "How will I ever solve this, it is impossible!" What I didn't realize then, but do now is that Math is EASY if you split it into steps. Just like pro golfers will say "I just take it one hole at a time", Math experts take each problem one step at a time. And, after you put the steps together you will be surprised with how simple the most complex problems can be.
Math is also boring, to most. Yet, it can be surprisingly entertaining to some and the difference is driven by one's ability. Getting problems incorrect is certainly no fun, but when you reach the level of solving 90-100% of the problems correctly, it begins to grow into a passion. And, you start making the connections to how Math is actually important in your every day life. I like to emphasize to my students how it feels to work out problems completely correctly and the sense of accomplishment that one gets from a perfect answer.
I realize this sounds extremely Utopian , but it is the true story of how I went from an average Math student in high school to scoring perfectly on the Quantitative portion of the GRE. And, my goal as a tutor is to impart some of what I have learned over many years of schooling onto my students in the hope that they will enjoy school as much as I have.
Tutor- Texas State Student Learning Assistance Center (2008-09)
Tutored upwards of 30 students a day in a variety of college courses
Tutor- University of Houston Athletics (2010-11)
Tutored athletes in 1-on-1 sessions in Math and Economics courses
Instructor- Principles of Macroeconomics at the University of Houston (2011-2012)
I currently teach Economics courses at the University of Houston. My classes range from 50-80 students. I have just finished my third term.
Undergraduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Bachelor in Arts, Economics
Graduate Degree: University of Houston - Master of Arts, Economics
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