I have been tutoring mathematics since I was in high school. Over almost two decades of experience in education, I've refined my methods of demonstrating mathematical concepts and connections to real life experiences. In alignment with the new common core standards, I've tutored mathematics to students in elementary, junior, and high school. What makes me a great tutor is my background in mathematics coupled with a welcoming and very patient personality. I work hard to make sure my students feel comfortable to ask questions, let me know when they are not understanding, and to make it clear that even I don't know all the answers so they I invite them to find my mistakes and witness how I think through problems and arrive at answers. My goal for my students is to help them develop the skills they will need to become stronger learners, especially perseverance and patience in the process of working through tasks.
University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Mathematics
University of California-Santa Cruz - Masters, Math and Science Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is messy. It takes patience to be lost, a determination to find a way, and a perseverance to keep pushing yourself until a concept is thoroughly understood. It also requires creativity and imagination to take concepts and apply them in new situations. When I teach I leave room for the messiness and work to meet students on their lost path to help guide them through.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Learning isn't linear and there isn't just one way to an answer. It's important that my students know I understand the pressures they may be feeling to perform well (from parents, teachers, peers, etc.) and that our sessions are for them. I believe they should have agency in their own learning, and that tutoring is a safe place to start learning those tools and getting back on track. I talk to my students about this and help them feel at ease with a friendly and open mannerism.