I am an honors program scholar graduate of Central Connecticut State University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and graduated from the University's School of Education. Throughout my time in school and since I graduated, I have tutored countless students of all ages in math in groups and individually. I have also worked in math classrooms alongside teachers assisting the students. I have also worked with students who needed help with their SAT prep. I have experience working with students who are younger and also students who are in college and I greatly enjoy working with any topics within mathematics. My favorite math topics to tutor are pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, but I like to work with all other topics as well. I choose to tutor because I would like to make a difference in the lives of the students I work with and help them, just as others have helped me throughout my school career. Outside of tutoring, I coach soccer and have done so for many years, I like to listen to music, and I enjoy cooking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Central Connecticut State University - Bachelors, Mathematics
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1430
SAT Math: 700
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to create an environment with any student where they are willing to learn, excited to learn, and this can only be done by me showing the great interest I have in the subject. I know that people have multiple ways of learning and it is important to understand each individual and their way of learning best. As a byproduct of this understanding, the students will be able to grow in the environment I hope to put forth. I greatly enjoy teaching students and positively pushing them to continue to learn. With this, I look to create insightful conversations and material so that the students are engaged. Presenting myself as a passionate and organized person may lead the students to want to understand whatever is being taught to them. Furthermore, the learning process of anything never ends, this goes for both students and myself as I am continuously looking to improve myself professionally. Finally, it is imperative to have respect for all of the students so that when I am presenting something or teaching, they will allow themselves to be open and be willing to continue their learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student would be very open so that he/she can be relaxed and willing to work with me. I would get to know a little more about the student; how they are doing with the subject, what they are struggling with, and what motivates them to learn. Depending on their answers, I will do my best to work with where they are at.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In my belief, I think that allowing students to think on their own is a very important step in becoming an independent learner. Using what they have at their disposal, whether it's notes, past assignments, and any other resources, they can try to figure out problems on their own with my help. In the end, students will not learn if they are simply given answers or told exactly what to do. Students can grow as independent learners by using their abilities as an individual to at least try to solve problems on their own. With my assistance, pushing them in the right direction if needed, they may come to conclusions and answers on their own and be able to use what they learned further down the road.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by keeping them involved; meaning, I would make sure they know I am fully committed to helping them learn and that I want them to succeed. With this, I would make sure that the student is comfortable with me so that they do not feel anxious; rather, they want to be there and learn and do the work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first try to help them by understanding the way that they learn best, and help them that way. If they don't learn well visually, then it would not do well to try and teach them a skill or concept in such a way. In addition, I would start with the most fundamental ideas behind the skill or concept, and take it step by step. I would make sure that they fully understood each step before moving on to the next one. Finally, I would try and relate the skill/concept to a real life example so that the student can be at least somewhat interested in it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being open with the students is very important as it allows a clear line of communication between the tutor and the student. Making sure that the student feels welcome and comfortable allows the student to want to learn and work with the tutor. In addition, learning how the student learns best is also important so that going forward, it will make learning the skills and concepts a little bit easier.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would utilize real life examples to the best of my ability, and if possible, relate the real life examples to things the student may be interested in. Sometimes, depending on the topic, it can be difficult to relate the concept to a real life example. Therefore, in order to help the student get excited/engaged, it would be helpful to allow the student to make the choices in where they want to start, what problems they want to work on, and essentially give them the autonomy in how to learn the concept/skill.