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Agastya

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I am a junior who is studying engineering management at Barrett, The Honors college at Arizona State. I love to teach people in general, and I love to teach math even more. I have excelled in many math and computer science course and would love to help you do well in your classes! I am a very kind and patient person and would love to help all of you to succeed.

Agastya’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Engineering Management

Hobbies

Playing basketball, working out, watching football on sunday nights.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is based upon how much my student already knows. If the student is familiar with what he or she is doing, I will walk through every step of the problem with them until they have a good understanding of what he or she needs to do. If the student has no idea what to do, I will do a few examples, then walk through the question with them step by step.

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

I will get an understanding of how much the student actually knows and what teaching method works best for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching the best ways to learn the information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would try to challenge them by giving them more challenging questions.

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

I would break the problem into small chunks, which would make the problem easier.

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

The strategies that work best for me are that I always do a similar problem before asking them to try it for themselves.

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

I would show them how easy it is once they understand the material.

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

After explaining to them how to do a particular question, I would ask them to solve a similar question.

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

I make them do more problems so they have more practice with the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I first ask them how much they actually know and find out what they want to learn.

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

I find out what methods of teaching best fit their needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use paper, pencil, calculator, and the textbook.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I tell them what the higher level words mean. I would also tell them to read slowly.