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I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Math minor. I love teaching math and in particular competition math. I love math contests! I was the captain of the Andover High School Math Team during my Junior and Senior years of high school. I enjoyed helping my fellow students prepare for math competitions. I search for gaps in understanding and then I try to fill them by explaining and using examples. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, board games, and magic tricks.

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Barber’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering


Sports, Board Games, Magic Tricks

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I search for gaps in understanding, and then I try to fill them by explaining and using examples. I believe you should explain things as simple as possible, but not any simpler.

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

Try to figure out where the students need help. Then I'd help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By making sure that they can apply what they've learned independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encourage them to believe in themselves.

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

I'd keep trying, and I'd use a different explanation or example.

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

Reading comprehension takes a lot of focus and practice. I'd give assignments.

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

Searching for gaps in understanding and then filling them by explaining and using examples.

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

Use fun and interesting examples.

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

Give examples that test their understanding.

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

By vocally supporting them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking them and finding gaps in understanding through examples.

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

By talking to the student to better understand what they need.

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

Pencil and paper.

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