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Mustansir

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I have a very diverse background experience in tutoring. It started while attending high school in my home town of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. I tutored my classmates and assisted the teacher in conducting mathematics lessons. It was in performing these actions at such an early age that I attribute my love for teaching. I soon began developing a theoretical approach to teaching mathematics, which involves engaging the student in the concepts of the mathematical problems in order to broaden their ability to assess mathematical problems. My tutoring/coaching continued through my Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India and also during my Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, India. I am a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina. I have over 40 years of coaching/tutoring experience in Tanzania, India and the United States, and specialize in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, and Calculus. I can also help students with Physics and Chemistry up to a high-school level.

I prefer to tutor one-on-one. My methodology involves first identifying the depth of knowledge that a student possesses and subsequently building a tutoring plan best suited to increase it. My goal is to help the student understand a problem by using different solution techniques, example problems, and by making sure that they have a clear understanding of concepts and are able to solve similar problems. I love passing my knowledge on to others, as I have for over 40 years.

In my spare time, I play with numbers and have an invested interest in math games and magic tricks. I played soccer in my youth in Tanzania and enjoy watching World Cup and other soccer matches on TV.

Mustansir’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indian Institute of Technology, India - Bachelors, Civil Engineering

Graduate Degree: CEPT University, India - Masters, Urban and Regional Planning

Hobbies

Playing with numbers, magic math, soccer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

One-to-one tutoring.

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

Identify the depth of knowledge that a student possesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By using different solution techniques, example problems, and by making sure that they have a clear understanding of concepts and are able to solve similar problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By engaging the student.

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

Explain starting with simpler problems, slowly increasing the difficulty.

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

Develop friendship, be open and request the student to be open and discuss anything they like with me.

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

I use magic math.

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

Give them problems to solve.

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

I make the subject fun rather than a task.