I am a private tutor in South Florida focused mainly in junior high and high school math.
I have engaged in teaching math and guitar to various friends and colleagues and have been consistently complimented on my teaching style. My teaching style involves taking time and explaining concepts in a very detailed manner that makes the subject as simple as possible, while periodically asking the student to take the next step in a problem to make sure they understand. I understand that subjects like math can seem scary or boring and therefore reassure the student that math can actually be very simple.
Beyond simply teaching concepts and processes, I enjoy teaching students how to succeed in their classes. Regarding math, I believe a proper amount of practice along with memorization and application of formulas is a guaranteed winner!
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, playing soccer, and of course teaching in any way that I can. I have always enjoyed seeing others excel beyond expectations. I believe that any student can master any subject with a good strategy.
I am available to tutor online (preferred) and in person, on any day of the week. Let's get started!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Miami - Bachelors, Economics
What is your teaching philosophy?
No subject is too difficult for a student to master. With great instruction and communication from both teacher and student, along with practice, memorization, and understanding of material, success is always possible.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask what the student's problem subjects are and attempt to motivate them to succeed in all subjects
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching them how to continuously study and learn subject material in a consistent, ongoing process of note taking, practicing alone, memorization, and reviewing alone.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Remind the student that good grades are an important part of ensuring future success in today's world while encouraging the student and reminding them that some subjects seem difficult, but are actually very simple once you try!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Ask what exactly they do not understand about the skill and address where they are unclear. Use practice problems to test the student and discover problem areas. Finally, review with more practice questions to ensure that they no longer have difficulty.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Encourage students to paint a picture of what they are reading in their head, and underline/summarize key sentences and phrases in a given passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Begin with simple concepts. Explain concepts slowly and clearly. Ask for feedback. Ask practice questions to make sure they understand the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Remind students that it is important to be well-rounded and to gain as much knowledge on the world as possible, any knowledge can be useful! Remind students that achieving high grades is an important part of ensuring success in the future (getting into a good college, finding a good job, etc.).
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Periodically ask the student if they have any questions, and give practice questions for the students to complete and explain when the lesson is complete.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Telling a student that while some subjects may seem difficult, once you put in a certain amount of effort any subject can be mastered!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask the student. Quiz the student periodically to detect and explain problem areas.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Periodically ask the student if I am tutoring in a way that suits them. Asking if I am speaking too quickly and telling them to stop me if they have any questions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whiteboard (for practice problems, diagrams, etc.) and class textbook.