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My name is Rowan McKee, and I am a junior working on my mathematics and computer science majors. Throughout high school and college, I have taught people having difficulty with math and related fields. I attended math competitions and got awards and even got a scholarship from my work in math in high school. I love explaining to people what I find enjoyable, and math is one of the most fun things I do. Math is exciting and fun, and I love it when I can make others feel that way, too.

Rowan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Iowa - Current Undergrad, Computer Science, Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Math: 35

ACT Science: 31


video games, programming, mathematics, game development

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I assess the knowledge the student already has, and work to teach them what they need to know with what they already understand.

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

The first thing I would do would be to get to know them a little and assess what they already know, and if I have time, start helping them with problems they have.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By showing them how to work from knowledge they already know to get to conclusions that they didn't know.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

You can never insult your students. To keep them motivated, you need them to stay positive, and this requires constant reassurance that they are doing well.

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

Repetition is key. The more you repeat, the easier it is to learn. If a student is having difficulty with a skill or concept, I would repeat it in different ways until they understood it.

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

If the student is having trouble with reading comprehension, I can teach the student what the word or sentence means and how it incorporates into what we are doing at that moment.

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

Real world examples and analogies work really well when it comes to understanding problems.

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

I find math to be fun. If a student sees that excitement, they will be more likely to reflect that excitement when they figure something out for themselves. There also exist games for which math is key.

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

I am sure that a student understands a problem when I can give them variations on that problem and they are able to do them on their own.

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

Compliment them. Listen to them. Understand them. Respect them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them what they know as well as what they are having troubles in.

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

Each student's strengths are different. You want to play to their strengths when they are learning something new. So, if a student needs help in math but does wonderfully in English, make math comparable to English.

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

A notebook, a textbook, pencil/pen, and perhaps a whiteboard.