# Nelson

Certified Tutor

Nelson’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Franklin and Marshall College - Bachelors, Math

Graduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Masters, math

## Hobbies

Cycling, Skiing, Skating, Hiking.

## Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

In math, confidence is developed by successfully solving problems. There is a tendency to move on to the next topic after one is thought to be mastered. I like to frequently include previously covered concepts in discussions, so the student feels comfortable that, at any time, they can handle any problems previously studied.

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

I will inquire about a student’s interests, attitude and get an idea of the type of issue(s) they are encountering. Then, as math is constantly building on prior knowledge, I will determine what areas a student needs to possibly relearn or master before continuing with new subject matter. After getting a feel for the student’s capabilities, I endeavor to set mutually agreed upon goals for the tutoring experience.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Success enhances motivation. By gearing problem difficulty to a student’s readiness, I can give them the confidence to tackle successively harder problems and thus increase motivation.

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

That often means that there are prerequisite skill(s) that are missing or weak. I would identify and strengthen those skills before re-presenting the new concepts. I try to tie the problem to an outside interest or activity. For example, many students in Algebra struggle with word problems. However, if the problem relates to something that animates them, they become much more interested in solving the problem.