Mathematics is not deemed as a spectator sport. There are hundreds of thousands of students around the nation trying to engage themselves in the subject in many different ways. While that is the case, there are those who struggle to stay afloat, and their learning needs aren't met.
I have been a Mathematics teacher for three years. I earned my Bachelor's from Loyola Marymount University in Mathematics. While I have not been in the classroom for very long, what I have seen is hundreds of students yearning to learn. Some learn through practice, some learn through other students, and others are more visual and auditory. Regardless, I try to meet the needs of every student as best as possible. We all work as a team and our goal in the classroom is to make sure we all succeed.
The same goes for tutoring. It is very important for a tutor's personality to bleed into each session, making sure that satisfaction and accomplishment is always achieved after each lesson. It is imperative for the tutor to leave knowing the student is comfortable working by themselves, knowing that confidence has been built.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone learns at a different pace. The goal for all students is to not only achieve high levels in all subjects but also feel very comfortable when working independently. My goal as a teacher and tutor is working with patience as there are many students who learn at different levels and different speeds. It is all about differentiating and mastering competency so that all students can build their foundations in the classroom. Eventually, when it comes to working independently, no matter the case, students will be able to perform very strongly.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The whole idea is to get a feel for how students can handle the material. Yes, there are many students who want the help, but at the same time, they may not know whether they could be strong with the subject. I want to see what they know firsthand before I am able to really assess how things will go and what I need to intervene with. It is also building a relationship with the student. Most students may not want to be in the session, but it is all about giving it a chance and seeing that not all tutors are about hitting the books hard. It can be enjoyable, but it is what the students make of it.