### Komal

I am a graduate of Ohio State University. I received my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics on May 8. Starting August, I will study for a Masters of Science in Mathematics at University of Akron. I am very excited to study and teach mathematics. I feel that every math problem is a mini game. :) I believe that teachers should always be passionate and patient about the subject they are teaching. My favorite teachers have been the ones who are truly excited when they are conveying the lessons to their students. Teaching is not only a career that I'm pursuing after graduate school, it is also something I have done for the past 2.5 years. I have over 500 hours of experience teaching 55 minute classes following curriculum-based lesson plans to more than 150 students at MathWizard, an after school learning center. I have taught a 7-year old girl with Down's syndrome how to ride a bike without training wheels, a high school classmate with autism how to play chess, and my fellow knitting club members how to knit. Patience is my best quality, and this I feel is a key quality that all teachers should have. In my free time, I enjoy watching drama serials, playing squash (similar to racquetball), and baking desserts. :)

Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Mathematics

University of Akron Main Campus - Masters, Mathematics

What is your teaching philosophy?

Always teach with passion and patience! Both qualities will make you an excellent teacher.

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

First, we can answer some quick, few diagnostic questions to determine what material to work on. Then, together we can practice how to approach the questions together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can teach my student the techniques that are universal to solving many math problems, and as a result they can become an independent learner!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would encourage students by praising them when they are correct, keep the student engaged during our learning session, and point out the usefulness of a topic in their future.

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

First, I would work with the student to identify their most successful strategy of learning. We will try strategies such as explaining the reasoning behind a problem, doing practice problems, and repeating the problem with different approaches. Once we identify the best learning strategy, then we will follow through with it!

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

I like to encourage students to take a glance at the questions before beginning the reading comprehension, as that usually helps guide students' attention towards the key ideas during the reading comprehension.