# Mark

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: California Lutheran University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Math, Video Games, Board Games, Tabletop Games

What is your teaching philosophy?

Any student can be good at mathematics. All it takes is finding the right angle of attack to break down a problem to its simplest components for easy solving.

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

I would introduce myself and then familiarize myself with what subject and section they are learning at the moment. Then I would gauge what kind of level of understanding the student has before helping them learn.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would attempt to give them a few problems during a tutoring session for the student to work out by themselves, as well as trying to build up their confidence when working independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would provide them with examples of how mathematics is used in real life, and how they can benefit from being good at math.

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

Perhaps they are having trouble understanding how such a concept is presented. I would attempt to explain the skill or concept in a different, hopefully more understandable, way.

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

I try my best to only give advice on how to solve certain types of problems, leaving them to attempt to find a solution on their own. If they continue to have trouble, I'd do an example for them and have them work based off of that.

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

I would propose the benefits of being great at math.

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

I would give them mini-quizzes, asking for key terms and equations where applicable. I would also let them work on some example/homework problems on their own to see if they understand the material.

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

I would always try to maintain a positive attitude, praising a correct answer and kindly correcting wrong answers.

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

I try to assess what kind of learning style a student has so I can meld my tutoring style to their needs.

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

My mind, pencil, and paper, as well as the student's math book so I can: A) Use it as a guide on what kind of notation they are learning and B) Double-check anything I am not 100% sure about.