# Navindra

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelors, Mathematics, Computer Science

Music, Reading, Math

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Algorithms

C++

College Computer Science

College Math

Elementary School Math

High School Computer Science

Java

Technology and Coding

What is your teaching philosophy?

To help students discover and explore the world of mathematics. To spark their curiosity.

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

Review recent material, as well as go over any recent exams. The first step is to figure out where they're at, both in school and as a student.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My specialty is mathematics, and a lot of students ask the question "how is this useful in the real world?" I find that once students know the fantastic and bizarre uses of mundane things like complex numbers and differential calculus, they become a lot more interested in the material.

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

Motivate the topic visually, with graphs or charts. If it's still an issue, then make it simpler and simpler until they get it. And most importantly: work slowly. Don't move on just because they figured out one problem. If necessary, I will spend an entire session on a single topic just to make sure the student understands it.

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

Visualization is an important part of a lot of fields of mathematics, particularly analysis. I would help students understand what each part of a statement/theorem/example means, then ask them to draw an example.

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

Greet them warmly. Make sure not to be too stiff or formal so they can relax around me. But at the same time, I try to always dress and act professional.

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

Motivate with real-world examples that seem larger-than-life.

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

Ask them to make problems for me to solve. Alternatively, ask them to draw/graph an example of what we've been studying.

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

More often, lack of self-confidence in mathematics is from students' own insecurities. They think "I don't know this" because math is "supposed" to be hard. But that reality is untrue (at least up to the undergraduate college level), and just by explaining to them how simple a lot of things are, they become more confident.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I pay close attention to results from in-class exams, or when reviewing, I focus in on problem types they get consistently wrong. I had one student consistently have difficulty finding an inverse function given another. So I spent two hours explaining to him what an inverse was, how it looked graphically, and doing examples.

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

If a student is more confident, then I have to be stricter. If a student lacks confidence, I try to build it up. If a student lacks motivation, I try to stimulate their minds to get them to see mathematics all around us.

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

Pencil and paper. Occasionally a pen or eraser.