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I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a mathematics degree (I minored in business). I teach my students by drawing examples from the practical corporate business world, which I was a part of for 7 years. I have worked in middle to upper level management, and I draw countless examples in my tutoring sessions from that. I spent 11 years in the United States Navy. I spent 4 years as an enlisted member on submarines, and I spent another 7 years as a Naval Officer on surface warships. I have extensive time management and multi-tasking techniques, which I teach in conjunction with the subject matter I am teaching. It helps my students be better prepared, especially when it comes to test taking.

I was a tutor in college and while in the military. I tutored college students in algebra, pre-calculus, and business calculus. I tutored high school students in the following math courses: algebra I & II, geometry, and trigonometry. I also tutored high school students in Spanish, English, physics and SAT preparation.

I am currently working on my teacher certification, and I substitute teach at the local high school. I can teach any grade level.

I enjoy tutoring because I like seeing my students succeed in their education. I take pride in their performances as they improve before my very eyes. My initial focus will be to determine how my student learns best and to help him/her to understand the material being covered. Basically, my approach is summed up with the acronym PDCA (plan, do, check, act). Plan: Come to the tutorial prepared to teach and have a learning game plan for my student. Do: Using examples, demonstrated the application of the learning material. Check: I encourage and challenge the student to show me what they have learned after I cover the material with him/her. Act: Have a thorough follow up to ensure that the student understood the material covered. I usually do this at the beginning of the next tutoring session.

I wish to be your tutor. I want to see you do well in your classes. With my guidance and instruction, you will improve.

Undergraduate Degree:

The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Mathematics

family time, dancing, listening to music, decor, watching movies

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learn and observe first... You must first learn before you teach. And, speed of trust is vital... your students must trust in that the gift of knowledge you are presenting them with is worth having and also worth keeping.

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

Ask lots of questions to gauge how the individual learns. It's very important to understand how people learn. You can't teach without having that knowledge. So, you must become the student... the student of human moves.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Set the example as their teacher... as their mentor. Teach them to eventually teach themselves. That is the gift that keeps on giving.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Understand what motivates that individual. Communicate with that individual.

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

Start slow... build a strong foundation for that student by identifying the root cause for the skill or concept not being grasped. Where there is a will, there is a way.

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

Keep it simple. Break down the reading material so that it is easy to grasp. Dissect it into little pieces. Build the puzzle together and at a slower pace.

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

Establish trust first. Get to know your pupil firsthand. Ask TONS of questions.

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

Find out what interests him/her. Try to tie that into the learning.

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

Tell you (explain the material), Show you(show the relevance of it to the student), Show me(allow the student to show the relevance of it to the teacher), Follow up(come back to it later to test for understanding).

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

Follow up and recognize. Celebrate successes in grasping the material. For instance, a pat on the back may be in order. Saying "good job" or "way to go."

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Probing is the informal way, but testing is the final evaluator. Continuously test your pupils to ensure understanding. Follow up at a later date to ensure retention of material.

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

Be flexible like a rubber band. Each student learns differently and at different rates. You must first evaluate the learning gaps and then figure out how to fill those gaps with knowledge and confidence.

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

Anything I can get my hands on. It all depends on the student. What kind of a learner he/she is. For instance, if the person is more visual, I will use props to help them learn.