I am a graduate of Brigham Young University in Civil Engineering. As part of my major I was required to take a lot of math courses. I enjoyed all of these especially calculus. I enjoyed math so much I decided to be a tutor for my university. As a tutor I was required to know how to do all problems in our university math classes from basic Algebra to upper level Calculus. I believe what makes me a qualified tutor is not only my knowledge of math, but my ability to work with people. I enjoy socializing and believe that as a tutor it is vital to make students feel confident in their abilities. I think it is important to help students realize that they can do math problems, rather than me just simply doing all the problems for them.
I have also had the opportunity to work with elementary aged students as a volunteer and as a substitute and find it very rewarding to ensure students feel confident with math at a young age. Whatever your circumstance in life, if you have a desire to be better at math I would love to help you achieve that goal!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Civil Engineering
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to be a guide book rather than an answer book. I can give you the answer, but that won't help you on a test. What will help you is guiding you through a problem and letting you solve it on your own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I usually like to get to know you a bit and figure out how confident you feel with your studies. This enables me to see how much guidance you need as well as what type of learning style best suits you.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The key to become an independent learner is practicing correctly. As a tutor, I need to show the student the steps to do a problem correctly and confidently; if I fulfill my job then the student should be able to practice on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by celebrating little successes. I would often have discouraged students come into where I worked. I found most students were discouraged because they felt overwhelmed and incompetent. As a tutor, I realized that if I walked the student through the problem step by step then had them try a similar problem, helping them when needed, it increased their confidence and they went away much happier.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Not give up! I would walk through that concept with them until they understood it. I think everyone has the ability to learn; we sometimes just need it taught to us in a different way. So if a student doesn't understand when I vocalize a concept, I'd try drawing out what I'm saying and see if that helps. If that continues to be a struggle, I would keep exploring different learning techniques until I found a style that best suited that student.