I am passionate about education. I believe that math and logical reasoning in general are important on an academic level, but also on a personal level. The ability to reason through a problem and understand the flow of an argument will help any student inside or outside the classroom. As a teacher, I aim to build confidence in my students and decrease anxiety about any difficulties that may arise with the subject matter. I do not believe there is any such thing as a bad question, and the only problems that cannot be solved are the ones that we don't try.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelors, Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Illinois Institute of Technology - Masters, Applied Mathematics
GRE Verbal: 170
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What is your teaching philosophy?
There are no bad questions! Asking a question is the best way for me to see how you are thinking about a problem, and helps me understand how to best explain the solution.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session I like to give my students practice problems to gauge what problem areas may exist; I also want to give my students an opportunity to voice any concerns they have about the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to learn independently is to find something that interests you personally about the subject matter; in addition, setting a study schedule and making sure you are accountable to your schedule is extremely important.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The first rule of learning is: don't get caught up in negative thinking. Just because you don't know how to do something now doesn't mean you can't learn it. Breaking a problem down into smaller problems that are easier to digest is a great way to build confidence and make progress in your learning.