## Phil

Certified Tutor

Phil’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Bachelor of Science, Computer Science / Math

### Hobbies

music, photography, graphic design, philosophy, buddhism, economics, politics

### Tutoring Subjects

Applied Mathematics

College Computer Science

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Elementary School Math

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Computer Science

IB Mathematics

Other

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Q & A

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

If a student and I are spending time 1:1 in a first session, I think the most important and impactful thing I do is to let the student speak for themselves. So many times and in so many contexts, many of us struggle to be heard, to be taken seriously, to express in our own words what exactly is going on and how we feel about it. I feel like I spend a lot of time getting out of the way and letting the student lead; my job is to take notes and act on subtle things.

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

Talk about some next-level knowledge or application of the subject matter. There is a difference between being able to add two numbers and designing a successful bridge, space satellite, etc., but pointing out how mastery of simple things often leads to things that students can decide to do in their careers or hobbies as they go through education and life really helps. Take a moment to celebrate simple things, and then show that as more complex things come over the horizon, we will often draw on mastery of the simple things as we navigate through more complex learning experiences.

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

At some point, after demonstrating, after making lots of analogies, after pointing out the window and showing how a particular concept can be found JUST OUT THERE, students have to feel like they are doing it on their own. Taking a moment to let them know that I believe they've got this - that moment when we take the training wheels off find that we're not falling down, and also heading toward the next hurdle. I believe it's very freeing for a student to experience these things through tutoring.