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Omar

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Greetings,

My goal is not to give you the answers, but to show you that you already know them. While at times you may feel frustrated, don't get discouraged and never give up. Just know you have a team of supportive individuals who know you have what it takes to succeed.

I procured my Bachelor's Degree of Electrical Engineering in 2007 and earned my Master's Degree in Telecommunication Networks in 2010. I tell you those college years were the most challenging years of my life. However, I left with a far more deeper understanding and passion for math and science.

Don't think of me as a tutor, but as an advocate and translator. I'm here for you. I'm not here just to help you solve a problem. I'm here to show you that you know how to solve the problem and you just needed one more person to remind you. Personally, I don't want you to just know how solve the problem. I want you to make that problem more complex and solve that even more complex problem. I know you may think it sounds crazy. However, If you want to design a powerful car engine, you must first need to know what a cylinder is and its properties.

I enjoy taking things apart and further studying them and use that as templates to build anew. This applies to almost anything you can think of. Math problems, science problems, car parts, furniture, exotic and normal dishes. I love sports. I enjoy playing more than watching; but, in both cases I always look to "science" out the game.

Omar’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering - Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Graduate Degree: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering - Master of Science, Telecommunication Networks

Hobbies

Basketball, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Cooking, Baking, Automotive Repair, Reading


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

You will never get an outright answer from me. I will show you that you already know the answer by breaking the problem down into smaller parts. Then, I will have you think critically to make sure you fully understand the content. I also promote that you do a self discovery and see how that content is applicable in your everyday life.

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

Set up a culture of error. From the beginning, I don't want a student to be afraid of mistakes. I also want to do some problems from their previous grade level to gauge their level of subject mastery.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To become an independent learner, one first has to become an independent thinker. I will use scenarios my students are familiar with and get them to think about how that scenario is applicable to that subject content.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I expect the most from my students, so it's only fair that I offer the best in return. I will ensure them that there is no greater feeling than struggling and solving a problem on your own. I will accomplish this by letting them experience this firsthand and as often as necessary.

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

New skills and concepts are usually built upon old skills and concepts. If a student is having difficulty, I suggest we revisit the previous concept and/or skill, and I will help them to master that. Then, I'll encourage them to see the connection to the new skill and how and where it's applied.

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

There is no way around that but to practice. The only way to practice is to read more. Once you tell me your interests, I will find information I know you will enjoy reading with questions to gauge your understanding. I would gradually moving on to appropriate topics you may not be familiar with.