My two virtues in life are patience and persistence. These ideals influence everything in life, including the world of mathematics!
I am a graduate and former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Statistics and a Master's in Public Health. Recently, I moved to California after living abroad for four years. Throughout the years, I tutored young adults and college students in various mathematical courses. It brings me joy to help others.
My tutoring approach is tailored to the student. There are many ways to solve a problem and not one-way fits all. Firs,t I establish where they are struggling, find ways to achieve their goals, and demonstrate possible solutions. As an experienced statistician, I take a practical approach to solving complex problems. This becomes very useful for when a student needs encouragement. By practicing and discovering new strategies, my students are able to learn what they need and beyond.
Recently, I adopted a Spanish greyhound called a Galgo. She takes up my spare time along with my precious 10-year old toy poodle. We enjoy exploring all the dog parks in the area.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelors, Applied Statistics
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - Masters, Public Health
GRE Quantitative: 740
Biking, Walking my dogs, and Playing and learning guitar
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By showing them how to use resources they already have. For example, the textbook they are currently using is a great place to start. Most textbooks provide answers to problems given at the end of each section. They'll be very similar to ones given in homework assignments. The internet is also a great resource, especially videos demonstrating similar problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouraging the student to try and try again. No one gets it right the first time so it’s about practicing and building on what they do know now!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Like most skills, it takes time to learn and process new information. Harder and more complex problems will take longer, but you can break it up into smaller parts. Build on concepts you already know. Also, taking a mini-break is helpful. By simply walking away from your desk to work on something else is enough to get refocused.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy I found is finding out where the student is struggling and asking them how they tried to solve it. With this information, I am able to understand what level they are at and how I can assist them by providing similar problems to work on.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I suggest talking to others about it. Hearing what others have to say about the subject can bring a new and refreshing way of looking at things.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have the student work through a problem and ask them to explain things when necessary. By observing how they solve a problem, it will become clear how much the student understands the material and where they can build more skills.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By giving them feedback and bringing attention to skills they are good at. Complimenting them on how well they work through the subject material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I will ask what the student needs. This will give me an idea on where to start and then I will have them demonstrate a problem. Sometimes the student knows exactly where they are struggling while other times it is a combination of other things. This is why it’s important to observe AND get the student's perspective.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, pen and a calculator are my main supplies. Also, if the student has their textbook handy, this is helpful too.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Patience and persistence! Learning a new skill takes time, and it is a journey that must be appreciated. Getting from point A to point B as quickly as you can doesn't give you the experience and fulfillment of learning a new skill.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session is getting to know my student and what their interests are. It will build a relationship that will benefit the current and future sessions by knowing and understanding who they are. Then, we can work on subject material they are currently engaged with and find ways to improve.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will either slow down and explain things in more detail or skip over topics they have already mastered to challenge them on a new topic. Most of the time, students just need to hear the subject material from a different perspective. By identifying where they understand, then I can build on what skills they already have.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage them to summarize the subject material in their own words. Then I'd ask them additional questions to highlight some aspects they may want to consider.