## Brice

Certified Tutor

Brice’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Riverside - Current Undergrad, Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers

### Hobbies

Video games, listening to music, and paintball.

### Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that everyone is capable of excelling in mathematics. It may not be everyone's favorite subject, but I believe that it only takes having concepts explained clearly and in a personalized way for each individual student.

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

Usually, I try to understand and find out what concepts a student is currently struggling with. Since mathematics concepts build upon previous math concepts. I also try to find out what concepts have previously given the student trouble. Understanding what a student has and is struggling with allows me to help the student in an efficient and effective way.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

There are two things that contribute to helping a student become an independent learner. The first is motivating the student to practice with math concepts they have trouble with. The second is giving the student additional resources and a road map of what to study.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In my opinion, the best way to help a student stay motivated is to explain the importance of math and school in general. First, school will be a part of a student's life for a long time; these concepts will even follow them into college. Second, doing well in school can allow a person to do amazing things and to have a great life.

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

If a student is struggling with a particular concept, I first try to ascertain specifically which portion of the problem is giving the student trouble. Then I do a similar problem while breaking it down into the simplest possible steps. Additionally, showing a student an alternative method to solve the problem can also be very effective.

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

It is important that a student asks any questions that they may have during a tutoring session. Therefore, I try to break the ice by asking the student questions about their subject and to get a student more comfortable. I also believe that telling a student how common it is for people to struggle with whatever concepts they are focusing on can also make them feel more comfortable asking questions.