# Brad

Certified Tutor

Brad’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Grace College and Theological Seminary - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne - Masters, Applied Mathematics

## Hobbies

Chef "so to speak" and enjoys making BBQ, ice cream, pizza. Watercoloring and pottery. Reading on Science and History.

## Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to walk the students through the ideas behind the math to give them the big picture of how it works. Afterwards, I then work with them on applying the ideas.

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

I try to ask questions to gauge where the student is at in terms of understanding and what they are going over in class. Afterwards I work on building the skills needed to understand the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I encourage them to go to websites and cover certain skills that I believe would help them in class and to come back with questions when they get stuck. Also, I try to guide students to the answer through a series of questions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We set up a series of goals and achievements that give students a sense of where they have been and where they are now.

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

I try to find another way of explaining it.

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

Well, in math, reading comprehension would be in context of word problems, so I would work on breaking the problem down using pictures and images.