I really enjoy working with people and helping them fulfill a goal of theirs, be it academic or otherwise. I was a mentee in elementary school, and my mentor helped me enormously by encouraging my curiosity and helping me to set and achieve goals. I want to share that experience with others, and hopefully encourage them to grow, both academically and as a person. I think that working with others is the best way to learn, for me it's not only an opportunity to help teach someone else something, but it is also an opportunity to learn something new as well. I am very committed to helping someone reach their goals, and I am willing to put in the extra work to make that happen. I enjoy tutoring a wide range of subjects, with mathematics probably being my favorite. However, I have also had lots of experience with tutoring the ACT and SAT as well. I think that preparing for those tests forces you to develop a lot of key skills, such as time management, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and helping someone learn and master those skills can make such a big impact in their future. When I tutor someone new, I always make sure that I communicate with them, see what they think their strengths and weaknesses are, and from that I then develop a plan that centers around their strengths. I believe that everyone has a different learning style, and that it can be beneficial to try to adopt the learning style of others to create a tailored style of your own, which is what I try to encourage people to do. Everyone has a skill or a trait that is to be admired and studied, and I think that tutoring gives you a great opportunity to do this, and that in the end everyone benefits.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Denver - Bachelors, Computer Science
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 800
He is a computer science major, enjoys messing around with computers, playing video games, basketball, reading.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I will do my hardest to help a student meet their goals, but they also must prove that they are willing to put in the effort and commit to their goals as well.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, go over likes/dislikes, preferred way of learning, favorite subjects, etc. I would try to get a sense of where the student was at academically and what their habits were like outside of study sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would encourage them to think about why exactly it is they were studying. I believe that in order to truly become an independent learner, one must actually care enough to take time out of their lives that otherwise could be used elsewhere, and I would encourage a student to try to find that kind of devotion.