I love math tutoring! The best part about tutoring is watching a student's emotions go from frustration and confusion, to enlightened and excited. Math doesn't have to be as hard as some make it. I try to make it as easy and understandable as possible.
I have more than 12 years of experience tutoring high school and college students in math, from algebra to calculus. My favorite kind of math is Algebra. I have memorized every formula and equation used in all levels of Algebra.
My interests include puzzle and logic games, Garfield, and concerts.
Undergraduate Degree: Missouri Southern State University - Bachelors, Environmental Health
Garfield, brain teasers, word puzzles
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Math doesn't have to be as hard as some make it. I find that students learn more when the material is presented in their language. Rather than use mathematical jargon, I try to make it as easy as possible by explaining things in different ways.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Politely greet the student. Allow the student to give you information about the course, grade level, and lesson(s) that will be discussed. Ask additional questions to help identify the student's level of understanding. Throughout the session, make observations that can be used to adapt to that student's learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
After I show a student a few examples, I ask that they try the next one. I help them if needed. I repeat this process until the student is able to do problems with no assistance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is the key to success. Every small step in the learning process should be celebrated, thus giving the student motivation to take the next step.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having trouble learning a concept, I will work backward in the lessons until I find where we need to start. From there, I would teach the student everything up to the current lesson, making sure they understand each lesson before moving on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In many cases, slowing your reading speed can increase comprehension. I would help the student learn to slow down, and stop occasionally to reflect on what was read before moving on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I start to work with a student, I take the time to get to know them. This helps me to communicate to them in an understandable way.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would start by showing them something easy or familiar, and having them try it. Once they feel confident, gradually introduce new factors until the lesson is finished.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To verify understanding, I have the student show me and explain how to solve the problem. If they can teach me the material, they probably understand it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give a student an easy problem to solve. Once the student solves it, we discuss what steps were required to solve that problem. I relate that problem and its steps to a similar concept, in order to demonstrate that he or she already knows how to do some of it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Making observations and checking for understanding during the session can help evaluate a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I learn about the student and their methods of doing things by having them show me some of their work. I alter my teaching style to fit the student's learning style. Also, I identify any weaknesses observed during the session and work on strengthening those areas.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Most sessions need a pencil, paper, and calculator. I also have notes to use as a learning supplement for most lessons.