I am a native of Massachusetts and received my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Bridgewater State College (now University) and my Masters of Science in Mathematics from Northeastern University. I have taught 8th grade math in New Hampshire, worked in a bank, worked as both a teacher/director for a national educational franchise, and most recently worked as a teacher/director in a private school, specializing in one-to-one instruction. In over 30 years or experience working with children, I have seen the benefits of personalized one-to-one tutoring. I love to see the students grasp a mathematical concept and believe that each child is capable of reaching his/her goal, given the tools needed to accomplish this. I try to reach each student at his or her level. Each one of us has special gifts and talents and I love to see my students' gifts blossom for others to see. I tutor math from the elementary level through Calculus 1 in addition to the math components of the SAT and ACT. In my spare time I do crafts, knitting, and crocheting for gifts and bazaars.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bridgewater State University - Bachelor in Arts, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Northeastern University - Master of Science, Mathematics
crafts, knitting,crocheting, walking
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping a student feel confident about him/herself. In time, having them able to answer their own questions and teach the concept to me.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By relating the concepts to their world. Also, looking up historical and fun facts about mathematicians, etc. Praising students at each stage of their progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Start at the beginning and use manipulatives, videos, and whatever may help the student learn the concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading is not my expertise, but I would start with simple passages and break down the skills, such as finding details, main idea, analysis of characters, time lines, plots, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Find out a student's interests and let him/her know a little bit about me. Assess his/her skills with questions or a short written assessment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to their world, show interesting facts about the concepts we are working on. Provide continued praise in their ability.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them questions or give a short assessment. Have them teach me the concept!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By showing them how much they have progressed in their knowledge, giving them praise, and working on skills that they may still be having difficulty with.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By looking at tests, homework, and anything that may indicate what level their skills are, if needed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By adapting to their individual learning style, be it visual, auditory, tactile, or a combination.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A whiteboard, a calculator, and manipulatives, if appropriate.
What is your teaching philosophy?
That each student can succeed at his or her level and that each one is a unique individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student and introduce myself. Try to ascertain what skills they have.