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Ingy

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I recently graduated with a Mathematics degree and I am seeking fellowship as an actuary. I have always enjoyed helping my peers in classes with unclear teaching methods, which led me to tutor at a young age in my K-12 school, then in college. The cumulative nature of math poses challenges to many students, and I like to find ways to connect the dots to help my students have a better grasp of difficult concepts. While I have tutored a variety of subjects, such as math, economics, chemistry, finance, and linguistics, I now focus on tutoring math, primarily, since it is my passion. I have a very flexible tutoring style, and my approach strongly depends on each of my students' needs. The goal is for students to leave in a more calm, confident state than before.

Outside of school, I spend much of my time biking, doing yoga, cooking, and exploring new places with friends.

Ingy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Bachelors, Mathematics with Actuarial Science Specialization

Test Scores

SAT Math: 770

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 780

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 730

Hobbies

I love exercising: I do yoga, lift weights, bike, and camp. I also enjoy reading, crocheting, and spending time with friends.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

4th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

Calculus

Calculus 2

College Algebra

Elementary School Math

Geometry

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

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

I would ask them some questions to determine what part of the concept is unclear, then find new and creative ways to explain it to them.

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

My first step is to listen to a student's concerns and needs.

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

After preparing them, I simulate test-taking by letting them solve problems without asking questions until they have a final answer.

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

Once I've helped them learn some challenging topics, I show them how far they've come in their ability to solve problems.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs through active listening and asking strategic questions.

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

After assessing a student's needs, I will decide how hands-on my approach should be. While some students need explanation of large topics, others may be lacking in confidence and smaller topics.

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

I would begin by assessing the student's needs, and take it from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learners need confidence in their skills, so I would focus on developing this confidence by vocally highlighting how far they've come in the learning process.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

This will depend on how I perceive their personality. Some students may benefit from listening to a similar personal experience I have gone through where I eventually succeeded. Others may want to focus on smaller successes of their own, such as solving problems they previously struggled with.

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

I find it helpful to dive in and focus on the matter at hand while a student is still energetic. Time flies and when I stay focused, students are generally able to remain engaged as well.

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

A pencil, paper, and a calculator. I may, at times, recommend graphing tools to better understand problems.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student is different, and there is no single way of teaching perfectly.

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

First, I break down the problems for them. Then, I test their understanding through asking them to explain similar problems to me.