I am currently a student at Howard University pursuing a degree in mathematics. I hope to pursue a postgraduate degree in education and/or business administration in the near future. I plan to later get involved with STEM education and its applications to inspire youth, specifically minorities, to pursue degrees and excel in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math. I have been a freelance tutor since the 10th grade in high school; assisting students with the GED, SAT, NYS Regents, and Common Core Evaluations for middle school. At Howard University, I tutored middle school students in Math and Sciences (HUMS 2). I believe Algebra I and II are my my favorites and I think this perhaps underscores my interest in math education.
My philosophy revolves around the ideal that we all know math and use math constantly but we simply may not be aware of all the math concepts that we employ and certainly do not consider them while conducting ordinary transactions. Some of our transactions are quite complex, although we do not apply the relevant math terms. My vision stems from a need to make math more relatable and inclusive; and definitely less scary. Creating a more positive and approachable aspect coupled with knowledge of popular youthful pastimes and interests could make content more applicable and relevant to the student/client.
Aside from tutoring I enjoy dance, poetry, soccer, track and field, bowling, table tennis, billiards, martial arts and I am open to trying new things that broaden my physical and mental horizons. My experiences outside of academia continue to teach me much about the demographic of my future clients; and provides valuable foundation and background for future not-for-profit work in different communities. As an avid lifelong learner, I hope to continue to educate others and learn from them.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Math is a universal language driven by logic. I believe most people who make logical decisions have a natural aptitude for math, but may not realize it because they do not know how to translate their thoughts into mathematical language.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student through a series of questions. I would attempt to find out their level of comprehension of the topic, as well as things that interest them, in an attempt to make interesting real-world connections.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent learners through tools and techniques that apply to all disciplines and subject areas.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping students motivated is a matter of giving a mixture of positive and honest feedback to encourage them, as well as show them their progress in their understanding