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Mike

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I am a graduate from the University of Washington, holding a BA in mathematics. I have over 1800 hours of experience tutoring students in a variety of subjects, and have improved their grades by an average of 10 percentage points.

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Mike’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington - Bachelors, Mathematics

Hobbies

Music, weiqi, reading

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is no one method that works with every student, so adjustments need to be made on a case-by-case basis. There is one thing in common for all success stories, however: the student performs better when he/she is comfortable in his/her learning environment.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Besides figuring out the student's level of understanding in the field, I also try to learn more about the student's learning style and personality. That will allow me to customize my methods.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The key is understanding a problem on an intuitive level, so I try to use analogies, switching them around to adjust to the student's different background. If the student still has a problem after that, I will guide them logically to the correct answer, instead of giving it to them outright.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

There are a number of techniques I use: 1. Give problems that are challenging to the student, but not so difficult that he/she loses confidence in his/her abilities 2. Keep the student's interest through the lesson via interesting facts, analogies and stories 3. Consistently motivate the student to think a problem through, little by little if necessary

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would attack the problem a completely different way, since the student might not understand the concept using this particular way.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would talk about it to them and describe the problem in terms of pictures, since a formula-based solution is probably ineffective with such students.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

There is no particular "strategy;" just pay attention to the student's character and adjust accordingly.