I'm a recent graduate with honors from Illinois State University. I majored in statistics so there hasn't been a time in the last 12 years that I wasn't studying math. At Illinois State University I was involved in the Circus on campus and took on a leadership role my senior year. It was so rewarding to teach people that had no experience with circus arts and see them performing in front of thousands just 8 months later! I love to stay active and enjoy time outdoors, just preferably above freezing temperatures (I was born in Chicago, IL).
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in explaining the "why" of a problem, not just the "how." I always found it easier to remember different problems in math when I knew WHY we were doing it!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session will mostly involve sizing up the situation (prior knowledge, personal concerns and personal strengths). I want every student to get a personalized tutoring program, so I will see what goals or obstacles we will be tackling during future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching them techniques to more effectively read math problems can help in class and on tests. I can also assist students that might struggle with their note-taking technique and hopefully show that asking questions is the trademark of a great student!