I have been tutoring since 2011 when I retired from developmental optometry, a specialty in which I saw the same children and adults on a weekly basis, using many of the same concepts that are used in tutoring. I have always enjoyed math which is necessary to understand optics and optometry and now I am pleased to watch my students' "aha" moments when they discover the joy of math. The National Tutoring Association has certified me as a tutor and an academic coach.
Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: SUNY College of Optometry - PHD, Optometry
Piano, tennis, biking, scrabble
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning should be fun and interactive. I structure my lessons by imparting some basic knowledge and then asking leading questions so that my student can try to figure out the answers. I encourage my students to use visualization skills to picture math concepts in their mind's eye.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, during my first session I get to know my student by asking questions to determine his or her weak areas, so that I know the topics where to concentrate in future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by encouraging them to follow my example. I am not embarrassed to tell my student that I don't know the answer to a question, which gives me an opportunity to show how I do the research.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is best if it is internalized rather than performing a task in exchange for rewards. I do this by explaining the rationale for understanding the subject matter and how it's mastery can benefit the student in a job or daily living activity.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
As a math tutor, I explain a difficult concept by initially using examples using basic numbers. For example, I would substitute real numbers for variables in an algebraic equation.