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I grew up in St. Petersburg, and attended Rice University in Houston, Texas for the last four years. I will graduate from the university in May of this year with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a current GPA of 4.00. I will be pursuing my PhD in mechanical engineering beginning in the Fall of 2016. I believe that my experiences with math, both theoretical and applied, along with my experiences working with students make me an excellent candidate to be your tutor.

Through my college coursework, I am confident that I am capable of teaching any level of math that a student might request (my upper level math coursework includes differential equations, multivariable calculus and linear algebra). However, I believe that an even stronger quality I possess is my knowledge of the applications of mathematics to the real world and potential fields of study. In school, one of the toughest things many students face with math is a feeling that there is no purpose or application of what they are studying in classes. At the high school level, there is very little focus on the purpose for the study of math; instead, all of the focus is simply on learning methods to solve a particular type of problem. Through my experience, when both motivating people to learn math and when assisting with the concepts, being able to give physical examples of the mathematics greatly assists the student. The majority of a mechanical engineering degree is the application of math to real world applications.

In addition, I scored well on standardized tests taken throughout my career. I scored a 2270 on the SAT and a 168/170 on the GRE Math, 169/170 on the GRE Verbal and a 5/6 on the essay portion. These experiences allow me to effectively help students prepare for standardized tests.

In addition to my knowledge of the subject material and its applications, I believe that I have the interpersonal skills to be an effective tutor. The summer after my senior year in high school, I served as a summer camp counselor in St. Pete, where I was effectively able to connect with students of middle school age. Additionally, while in college, I served in as the Chief Justice of my residential college. The position saw me serve as an around the clock resource for students to assist with crisis situations and handle disciplinary issues within the college. The skill set may not seem to immediately transfer to a tutoring scenario; however, I believe the skills will be a great benefit. Serving as Chief Justice taught me how to connect, interact and help people in high stress situation where the other person was often frustrated. This is often how students feel, to a lesser extent, when struggling with grasping material. The skill set will enable me to effectively work with students in such a state and push through it to learn the material and alleviate the stress.

Jared’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rice University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Current Grad Student, Mechanical Engineering with Focus in Robotics and Controls

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 168

GRE Verbal: 169

Hobbies

Football, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Video Games


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Through my college coursework, I am confident that I am capable of teaching any level of math that a student might request (my upper level math coursework includes differential equations, multivariable calculus and linear algebra). However, I believe that an even stronger quality I possess is my knowledge of the applications of mathematics to the real world and potential fields of study. In school, one of the toughest things many students face with math is a feeling that there is no purpose or application of what they are studying in classes. At the high school level, there is very little focus on the purpose for the study of math; instead, all of the focus is simply on learning methods to solve a particular type of problem. Through my experience, when both motivating people to learn math and when assisting with the concepts, being able to give physical examples of the mathematics greatly assists the student. The majority of a mechanical engineering degree is the application of math to real world applications. In addition to my knowledge of the subject material and its applications, I believe that I have the interpersonal skills to be an effective tutor. The summer after my senior year in high school, I served as a summer camp counselor, where I was effectively able to connect with students of middle school age. Additionally, while in college, I served in as the Chief Justice of my residential college. The position saw me serve as an around the clock resource for students to assist with crisis situations and handle disciplinary issues within the college. The skill set may not seem to immediately transfer to a tutoring scenario; however, I believe the skills will be a great benefit. Serving as Chief Justice taught me how to connect, interact and help people in high stress situation where the other person was often frustrated. This is often how students feel, to a lesser extent, when struggling with grasping material. The skill set will enable me to effectively work with students in such a state and push through it to learn the material and alleviate the stress.

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

Try to come to an understanding of where they currently are with the material, and where they wish to go.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them the skills to read textbooks to come to an understanding, and also how to find more textbooks and resources online.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Find out what their ultimate goals are to keep focused on the end result.

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

Try to understand where they are hitting the block and try to attack that specific point.

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

Have them underline important phrases and summarize what they read after each paragraph.

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

Get to know them a little bit. It helps make them comfortable with you and really tell you what is going on.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Try and find real applications for the field to what they really want to ultimately do.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Make up a difficult question and see them work through it.

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

Lots and lots of perfect practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Seeing their ability in the field through practice questions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

You have to understand what the student knows, and begin from there.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The textbook, or if it is for a standardized test, I like the prep books.