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I have been a teacher of Mathematics and Physics since 2008. I earned a BA in Mathematics and a MS in Statistics. I believe every student can learn and it's the job of the teacher to ensure that the student's unique learning style is activated. I am certified to teach Physics and Mathematics, and am currently working as an instructor of Mathematics and Programming at the Interactive College of Technology and Kennesaw State University. I believe when a subject is presented correctly, any student can develop a love for it. I have taught elementary students, high school students and college students, everything from basic Arithmetic to Vector Calculus and Complex Analysis. My experiences as a teacher have led me to stress the importance of realizing what the transferable skills are from Mathematics and that it is a human endeavor, above all else. I take a holistic approach to teaching, which means that students are expected to reason through problems algebraically, graphically, pictorially and verbally. When students are able to synthesize these four approaches to concept mastery, real understanding emerges, and students, perhaps for the first times in their lives, see what they are truly doing. Thanks for reading my profile, and I am eager to help your child discover the beauty of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.

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Tom’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelor in Arts, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Kennesaw State University - Master of Science, Applied Statistics

Hobbies

math,physics,stats,creating simulations,teaching


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I strive to ensure that each hour we spend together is very productive and results in real improvements that are immediately visible in schoolwork.

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

Since time is limited, it's important to assess a student's strengths and weaknesses and address the weaknesses as quickly as possible so that improvements can be made promptly.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

When we work together, we can do one problem. Then the student should immediately do a similar problem, with minimal input from me. That's how you can make rapid progress and prepare for tests well.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

This is a deeply philosophical question. It's a matter of connecting with people well and understanding what they value in life. Once education is connected to what a person values, the process of learning becomes more meaningful because it's bringing a person toward a desired goal.

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

It's important to return to the fundamentals to ensure that they are 100% mastered. Once the fundamentals are in place, we build by beginning with simple, but still relevant examples. These are then used as a scaffolding toward more complex examples. Of course, it's also important to explain concepts from different perspectives, as there are many kinds of learners.

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

Once, I was working with a third grader to help him improve his reading. We started reading much less and focused more on vividly imagining the meaning of each sentence. This has the immediate effect of making each word read assume a new level of clarity.

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

It's very important to always allow each person to start from a place of success, even if that success seems small. This single step can then lead to much greater progress.


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