# Sydney

Certified Tutor

Sydney’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Forestry and Wildlife

## Hobbies

Enjoys spending time with her children, hiking, and nature/science.

## Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Math

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students need to be engaged and actively involved in the learning process. I also believe students learn better when they understand the concepts of what is being taught as opposed to memorizing facts and techniques. Math is hierarchical. Because of this, it is important for me to build on the student’s current level of understanding. I understand that many students enter tutoring frustrated and discouraged. Because nothing builds confidence like success, it is important for the student to see continuous progress. This builds the self-confidence they need to be successful math students.

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

I struggled with learning disabilities throughout school and understand how defeated students can feel. Mathematics requires multiple skills. The challenge for me, as the tutor, is to help the student learn in a way that works best for them and to support them in areas of difficulty.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Watching students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities is the reason I tutor. I enjoy figuring out what each student needs and an approach that works for them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Because nothing builds confidence like success, it is important for the student to see continuous progress. This builds the self-confidence they need to be successful math students.