I've been a mathematician and tutor for about 15 years. I have also taught mathematics at the college level for the past 7 years. My research touches on the interactions between math and theoretical computer science, as well as number theory (largely the study of prime numbers). I've taught courses ranging from basic arithmetic up through linear algebra and multivariable calculus. The second most exciting thing about mathematics is that moment when something totally opaque and confusing suddenly solidifies into crystal clarity. It's the sort of moment that makes you shout "aha!" or "eureka!". The most exciting thing about mathematics is sharing that experience with someone else.
Undergraduate Degree: New College of Florida - Bachelor in Arts, General Studies
Graduate Degree: Indiana University - Master of Arts, Mathematics
GRE Quantitative: 168
GRE Verbal: 166
Math, rock climbing, mountain biking
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
All too often, I hear students say that the material makes sense when they are in the classroom but becomes confusing the instant they attempt to work through problems themselves. To this end, I will rarely answer questions directly for you, but I will strive to help you answer them yourself. My goal is ultimately to make myself obsolete by helping you get to a point where you can find success on your own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get down to business quickly. You are spending money on the time we have together, so that time should be used wisely. After assessing just where you are in the material and what your sticking points are, we will jump straight into working through problems and examples.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Whether I am teaching a class or tutoring an individual, I see myself as a guide. My goal is to help you find the path, not walk it for you. To that end, I tend to focus on problems and examples. Whenever you get stuck, it is my job to ask the right questions, not feed you the answers.