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I am a graduate of Califonria Lutheran University. I got my bachelor of science in mathematics. I seek to show students that mathematics isn't as droll and difficult as they make it out to be. Math can be fun and enjoyable once one understands what all the symbols represent and that the maths can be used to help in real life situations. However I understand that some people just can't find math fun and in that case I make sure to make the learning process as easy and smooth as possible. I teach my tutees by taking what topic they are learning and defining it in easy to understand terms for better learning. After that I tend to ask them a lot of questions to test their comprehension of the topic.

I enjoy games and a good sense of humor. I always like a good joke whether it be math related or not. During my free time, I love to play board games and tabletop games with my friends. But when it comes down to it I just really love mathematics and teaching it to others.

Mark’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California Lutheran University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Math: 30


Math, Video Games, Board Games, Tabletop Games

Q & A

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.