I enjoy teaching math to students by emphasizing that EVERYONE can do math by obeying certain fundamental rules. As long as you do not violate them the answers are always obtained. All that it takes is practice, albeit guided at first, to build confidence and skill. Let me work with you to get you to that level.
I am a chemical engineer by schooling and have spent the last eight years teaching.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University Wisconsin Stevens point - Bachelors, Paper Science
Graduate Degree: University of Akron Main Campus - Masters, Math Education
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
All can learn. As long as you follow fundamental rules, math is straightforward. Practice is the only way to become good at it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know some of their background and show an interest in the student personally.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Praise success and help them to correct mistakes, but be careful to emphasize that we all make mistakes.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Praise where possible and challenge them to solve ever more complex problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Empathize with their difficulty and ask questions to determine the root cause.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Encourage them to take their time and research words of which they are unsure. Talk it out with someone else, or me if possible.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Make them feel comfortable and do not demean them over mistakes, but praise their effort.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Praise small victories and empathize with their struggle.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions from differing starting points.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise for whatever success they demonstrate. Rewards and privileges if possible.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Make them as comfortable as possible and see if there is a common thread to their mistakes. Ask them what they think they need.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I remain patient and try approaching the concept from varying vantage points.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, and calculator are all needed to unravel complex ideas.