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I graduate in 2013 from Michigan State University with a major in Psychology. After earning my degree I spent the next two years in Canton, MS as a algebra/geometry teacher with Teach For America. During my experience as a teacher and coach I have logged countless hours after school preparing students for the ACT and various math courses. In my free time I love to play soccer, basketball, hike, and go camping. I strongly believe that every child has the ability to do great things, and with our support and high expectations we can expect to see results.

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Ian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 32


Playing and Coaching Sports, Reading, Online Classes, Hiking and Camping

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to remain patient, help students gain confidence, and knowing my student's learning styles. Every person does not learn the same way, so it's important to take the time to know your client and adjust the teaching to fit how the person learns best.

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

In a typical first session, I will try to learn my student's history with the subject, find out how my student learns best, and find out all relevant information about what the student is trying to accomplish.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching learning techniques that are transferable no matter what the subject. There are many study tricks and patterns that can be extremely beneficial when learned the correct way.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Everybody is motivated differently. A student might get motivated when he/she sees the value of learning the subject, notices that they are improving in knowledge, or by seeing results in grades. I help students stay motivated by learning what the goal of the session is, and tracking progress in completing it.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a concept/skill, I try to approach it from a different angle. There's no sense in continuing to pursue a technique that is not working. Rather, explain a topic in a new way or with a new type of learning.

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

A strategy that I have found to be successful when starting with a new student is learning what that student is very interested in, and finding related questions in the topic we are studying. If a student is motivated by sports, music, art, etc., I will do my best to find examples of them related to the topic we are learning so they have a real desire to learn it.

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

Many students struggle with a subject when they feel they "just aren't good at it," have had bad experiences with the teacher, or cannot find a way to see how the subject will be relevant to their life. I ask students their thoughts about the subject we are working in, and then I will try to find an exciting way to keep them engaged.

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

Every student learns material differently. Some students learn best when they are taught auditorily. Others are visual, and many students learn well when working through an example step-by-step with a tutor. It's important to me that my teaching style is adjusted to whatever is the most beneficial for the student.

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

I build student's confidence in a subject by scaling a difficult question in multiple pieces. Rather than trying to teach a complicated problem in one big swoop, I will break down the problem into all the skills needed to solve it, and then progress to the final solution.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

There are many different ways to evaluate a student's needs such as self-report, looking at the student's grades, and having the student show their skills in person. I believe that a good tutor uses a combination of many different techniques to make an evaluation on what the student can use to succeed.

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

As a teacher of high school mathematics, I would see 120 students every day and have a difficult job of teaching to each student's needs. I have experience teaching a variety of subjects in multiple ways. I like to teach a subject multiple ways each time so a student can see different perspectives on how to reach the solution.

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