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I hold an Associate degree in mathematics from Borough of Manhattan Community College. Throughout the course of my job, I have had this wonderful opportunity to deal with diverse group of students. Among those, there were a few exceptionally talented students who did really well in their mathematics courses. With time, I have become more proficient at designing my own teaching methods, bring a hands – on approach to learning. I enjoy helping people with math, explaining various math and science topics and related concepts elaborately. I inspire people to love math, by showing them the big picture – that is, the use of various mathematical concepts in real life applications to keep students interested and focused. This is the way they know that math is not something they should fear, rather they should love to solve problems, and use the problem solving techniques to discover their world of science in a new and innovative way. I strongly oppose saying anything that would discourage a student. One of my main goals while tutoring is to boost students’ morals, self – confidence and self – esteem.

Awnon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College - Associates, Mathematics

Hobbies

Enjoys programming, movies, and reading.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Analytical Chemistry

AP

AP Biology

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science A

Applied Mathematics

ASPIRE Math

Business

Business Calculus

C++

CAHSEE Mathematics

Calculus

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

CogAT Prep

College Algebra

College Business

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

CST Prep

Developmental Algebra

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Electromagnetism

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Finite Mathematics

GED Prep

GED Math

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

HSPT Math Prep

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

Linear Algebra

Math

Mathematica

Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science

Middle School

Middle School Science

Newtonian Mechanics

OAT Physics

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Probability

PSAT Mathematics

Quantum Physics

REGENTS Prep

Science

Scientific Programming

Statics

Statistics Graduate Level

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

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

In the first session with any student, I would try to be friendly with them, so that if there's a barrier obstructing the effective communication between us, it is lifted.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By showing them the most basic steps necessary in order for them to understand what exactly they should do in order to learn, and how to solve problems. Then they will figure out the ways they are learning better and I'll always be there to help when they get stuck with anything.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Nothing comes in a day, everything takes time. It is worth it to invest time into learning so that one day you live to see that moment, when you know that you've really mastered it. Nothing beats that feeling. Just do your best and keep trying, and never give up no matter what.

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

I would explain each and every step of the topic in a more detailed fashion, providing related examples.

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

I advise them to read the comprehension over and over again, each time slower than the previous. If that doesn't help, I read the text alongside with them, and try to explain them the meaning.

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

Creating a cheerful, friendly atmosphere, while helping the student. A student learns most effectively while the element of fear is purged from him. Constantly nudging in short motivational statements were also seen to be effective.

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

I would tell them what the topic is all about, and how it would come into play in various real life applications.

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

Using short, concise, clear-cut, to the point examples on a topic would help the student get a better idea about its fundamentals.

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

I would provide easy examples with detailed solutions to problems to get them motivated before moving on to harder challenges

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate and assess student's strengths and lacking depending on the responses I obtain from them, while asking them questions on various aspects of the topic.

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

Each student has different needs. I adapt to the student's needs after determining the areas where they struggle. I treat each student individually and often have to use different approach for different students.

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

Pen and paper, online books, and study materials such as textbook extracts supplied by the student.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Mathematics was not my strength. I turned it into my ultimate strength eventually by putting in immense effort and dedication at every step I took. I hope my students possess the same desire and willingness in them to learn about any subject.