My name is Tessa, and I am interested in working part-time as a math instructor. I have a lot of experience with kids. I babysat for my family and friends of the family for 8 years. I worked for Vetta Sports Club in O'Fallon for two years as a camp counselor, which included teaching dances to kids, playing games with the kids, doing crafts with the kids, and making sure all the kids had food everyday. As a high school student, I tutored students at Shiloh Middle School in mathematics for two years. I student taught and substitute taught dance classes at Taylor's Academy of Dance for 4 years. I also coached one of the little panthers cheerleading teams for two years. When I was in college, I helped a lot of my friends with their math homework, for example, my roommate, English Cockerill. My other work experience included working as an Assistant Manager for Little Caesars, working concessions for McKendree University, and working as a server/cook/expeditor/host for Red Robin, which I have worked at for the past 4 years.
I just recently finished my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree at McKendree University. I studied there for 5 years and took several math classes there, which included Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Transition to Advanced Mathematics, Probability, Modern Algebra I, Modern Algebra II, Discrete Models, Linear Algebra, Complex Variables, Graph Theory, Seminar in Mathematics, College Geometry, and Introduction to Analysis. In high school, I took a math class every semester, and they were all honors classes except for my Calculus class my last semester of senior year. I would like to work with this company because I have always wanted to help kids with mathematics. Someday I would like to be a mathematics teacher for high school, but I will have to go back to school first. It is necessary to have common denominators to add fractions because it allows us to write each fraction as a multiple of a common fraction.
I believe that I am friendly, organized, hardworking, and very calm when working with people.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I let the student answer the questions the best they can. If they are correct, that means they are understanding. If they need help, I do it through a technique they understand the best/easiest.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Getting to know someone and what their interests are helps me better understand how to teach a student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would give them problems to work out on their own, and then work through each one to see what problems they need more help with.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We may need to take breaks if necessary. I also like to use games to help the student learn things in a more interesting way.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would encourage them to keep trying, and we can always come back to it to try to get a better state of mind later on. We could always try a different approach to the concept as well.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work with the student on reading different writings out loud to help them increase their reading skill.