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Leah

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Math is an exciting and rewarding discipline. After getting my bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama in 2009, I taught and tutored arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry through various venues including Manor College (2012-2013), Blueprint Schools Network (2015-2016), and Kumon Math and Reading Center (2017-present) as well as a few private middle schools. Mathematical proficiency is composed of two parts--procedural skill and logical reasoning.They are both important, since being quick and accurate with arithmetic can help one significantly with understanding the logical component of higher math. The best learning often comes with attempting a tough problem and discovering several approaches to solving it. Students that work through a problem until they "get stuck" are already learning a lot more than if they had never attempted it. I believe that tutors are the most helpful when the student has already struggled with a concept, because the tutor can hone in on the specifics. Math is a skill that gets better with practice, like sports or music. I keep my arithmetic skills sharp through tutoring at Kumon, and my higher math skills through self-study with my college textbooks and tutoring higher math students. I plan on getting a Master's in math in the near future. When I am not teaching, I am engaged in the domestic arts while singing or watching my nieces and nephew grow up.

Leah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Alabama at Huntsville - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1530

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 730

Hobbies

Reading, Singing, Knitting


Q & A

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would keep it positive and note the progress the student has made; then I'd move on to newer concepts.

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

I would find a few more problems like that one and let the student practice them. I would also explain the solutions using varied mathematical techniques and perspectives.

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

I listen to the student read through the passage slowly and correct the pronunciation of words occasionally, and I explain the unknown vocabulary and the gist of what the author is trying to communicate.

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

Keeping up with the student's learning pace by continually checking with the student for feedback.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in helping the student learn mathematical concepts through solving problems in order to fully understand what is going on in a math problem.

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

I would ask what they would like to work on in our session, which usually is an old test or a homework assignment, and start solving problems together.