I am a graduate of Iowa State University and Southern Methodist University. I earned a B.S. and PhD in Computer Engineering from Iowa State, and a MBA from Southern Methodist. I have tutored students for several years. I have tutored students in Math (mainly Algebra I, II and III; Pre-Calculus; Trigonometry; Calculus I, II and III), Statistics, and Computer Science.
I like tutoring Math. Math is usually the reason people are afraid to choose majors and avoid taking some classes. The look on a student's face when he understands a concept is priceless. The power a student feels when she is able to understand and solve problems is unlimited. I believe that people learn best when they can connect the material they are trying to learn, to something they already know. I try to help students make those connections.
When I am not working, I enjoy Astronomy and have started participating in HAM Radio. I am also working on several DIY computer projects.
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Iowa State University - BS, Computer Engineering
Iowa State University - PhD, Computer Engineering
College Computer Science
High School Computer Science
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to find out where students are in understanding a concept, and then work with them starting at that point.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Have the student explain the problem or concept to me, and have them solve problems or apply the concept. Then, work with them to develop a better understanding of the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I usually try to bring additional resources to tutoring sessions. This allows students to learn using other sources than their textbooks.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I encourage them to learn the concepts by telling me how to solve problems. Working on problems in parallel and comparing answers. Also, having students walk me through problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to pinpoint the difficult area and help the student work through it.