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Matthew

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I am a junior at the University of California, Davis, majoring in math and physics. I have been tutoring students ages 5 to 17 since September 2014. As a tutor, I have helped my students learn all levels of math through Calculus II, in group and private settings. I have also provided SAT prep in math. Although I can successfully tutor many sciences, I most enjoy teaching math and physics, and it inspires me when my students learn.
I have a three-pronged tutoring approach: First, I explain what the student needs to do and how to do it, second, I explain why it needs to be done, and finally, I walk the student through the problem. I also adjust my tutoring techniques according to the problem at hand and the student’s abilities.
When I am not tutoring or studying, I enjoy playing sports such as baseball, football, and soccer. I like to snowboard in the winter. I also like to hang out with friends, go camping, and playing video games.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: in progress - Bachelor of Science, Math/Physics

Hobbies

baseball, football, and snowboarding


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to focus the student on knowing what the question is asking and how to get the answer, rather than memorization or doing a large amount of problems.

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

My first session would be used to focus on what the student is doing wrong so I could teach them how to do it.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help the student become an independent learner by teaching them how to use their book, the Internet, and the calculator.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by telling them how this applies to the real world.

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

I would try to teach the skill or concept a different way.

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

math

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

Ask them what they think they need.

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

Tell them how this applies to the real world.

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

I would gives the students little quizzes or tests to make sure they are understanding the material.

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

I build a student's confidence by giving them easy questions first, and then work my up to the more difficult questions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by talking to them or looking at an old test or homework.

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

I will adapt to make sure that the student will succeed.

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

I usually use the student's textbook or worksheets to help teach them.