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Shefali

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I've been a Mathematics teacher for the past nine years, helping students overcome their difficulties with Mathematics and Statistics.

Mathematics is elegant, powerful, and often surprising. As an instructor and tutor, I make it a priority to share these perceptions and create enthusiasm for mathematics. At the same time, it is of the utmost importance that my students actually learn the material that is covered in their class. This means that students should both gain a conceptual understanding of the subject matter as well as learn how to actually do the mathematics involved.

My philosophy is based on the idea above: to help you understand how math works, making you able to do any problem yourself! I believe that you can always do better in math, no matter what level you're in, and I help make that happen by asking the right questions and working through important problems with you.

Through my teaching experiences, I've helped students from pre-school through college levels and beyond! That includes the following subjects: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Arithmetic, Elementary Math, Middle School Math, College Algebra, and Statistics. I've helped students in many different settings, including an after-school enrichment program. I've also helped undergraduate college students with all of these subjects, which includes adults returning to school during their careers, as a University of Phoenix mathematics instructor.

A little personal information: I like music, reading, watching movies, and traveling. I’m a very positive and patient person. If you are struggling with something in math, I can definitely help you!

Shefali’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelor in Arts, Economics

Graduate Degree: City College of New York - Master of Science, Mathematics Education

State Certified Teacher

Hobbies

Music, Reading, Watching Movies, Traveling


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Mathematics is elegant, powerful, and often surprising. As an instructor, I make it a priority to share these perceptions and create enthusiasm for mathematics. At the same time, it is of the utmost importance that my students actually learn the material covered in the course. This means that students should gain a conceptual understanding of the subject matter, as well as learn how to actually do the mathematics involved. In teaching mathematics, I help my students make the connection between classroom learning and their life outside of school. I provide them the tools they need to handle issues they will encounter with numbers in daily life and also prepare them for higher learning in math. As someone who enjoys the logic of math, I strive to make my passion for it contagious so that my students will not only understand math but also enjoy learning it. With that goal in mind, I make my lessons engaging and allow my students to tap into their own interests by offering options on assignments as often as possible. Every student is an individual with his own learning style who deserves to have the best possible education. I take the time to interact with each one of my students, to acknowledge their contributions and to provide the individual attention they need to excel at learning. Keeping their individual needs in mind, I use a variety of methods to teach the material and also to evaluate their mastery of it. I hold high expectations for every student and provide every possible opportunity for them to achieve success in the classroom. I believe that my students will receive the best possible education when every teacher, school administrator, government leader, and parent works together to create a relevant, quality education. We must learn from each other, constantly striving to improve in our role as educators, and to work together with the same goal in mind - to give our students the tools they need for success in life.

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

Introduce myself, get to know the student (likes, dislikes), what the student understands/does not understand, learning style, what goals the student has set for his/herself.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By allowing the student to work on problems, struggle through it (to some extent), and then come together to discuss their strategies and how they can learn from their mistakes to improve on future problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that constant validation and positive feedback always helps students stay motivated. Even if they are failing, there is always something the student knows. I like to use that as a starting point to show them that they do understand something and they are capable of learning.

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

First, I would ask the student what they do understand. From there, we can work on where they are struggling. I would then break down the problem to the basics and provide additional explanations or examples until the student begins to understand. From there, I would provide practice so they can apply their learning.

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

Asking the student what they struggle with the most. This gives me a starting point to begin their session.

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

Show them they are capable of doing the work, even if they make mistakes. By relating concepts to their own lives, students are able to see how relevant and useful they are.

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

I would have the student work on practice problems, then explain their thought process to me. This will help me see what the student does/does not understand.

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

Offer praise and acknowledge students' accomplishments. I like to start with a positive statement, and then add on by referring to what they need to work on.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking questions and allowing the student to explain what their needs are.

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

By providing explanations through different means, such as verbal and visual, as well as asking the student questions.

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

It depends on the student. Most of the time, we use the student's textbook or learning material, and sometimes, I incorporate workbooks or use my own resources to help students as well.

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

By using different learning tools, such as outlines, maps, and notes. By asking questions to get the student to think "outside" the box.