I absolutely love math. It has always been a passion of mine. Ever since my sophomore year of high school I have been tutoring people in math. I figured, since I was so good at it, why not help my friends out? It started with friends going from failing their math class to getting A's. After I realized I could help my friends, I decided to help others as well. I learned how much I love helping others with math. Not only do I get to help others, I also gain more knowledge on the subject by tutoring it. Whether it's algebra or calculus, I always learn with my tutee.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Lesley University - Current Undergrad, Film
I am a jack of all trades and hate being busy: I am a black belt in karate. I love filmmaking and have won numerous film competitions. Music is a passion of mine. On my free time I like to go outside and do Parkour. Parkour is running and jumping through obstacles with flips, etc.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is never a bad student who is not smart. There is only a bad teacher who doesn't understand how to share their knowledge correctly. If the teacher can understand the student and how they learn, the student will have no trouble.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and get to know my student. I would like to learn about their background in the subject and discover how the student learns best. For example: are they a visual learner?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them how to look at problems and how to understand what is being asked of them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I have had students who have lost hope in the past. The student usually feels like they will never understand the subject, but they are wrong. I show them all the stuff they do know and how far they have come. Once they see how capable they really are, they get excited and stick with me through the rough patch.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is having trouble learning a skill or concept I find a new way to teach it. It is amazing how effective changing your techniques can be.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help them pick and choose what is most important. I myself used to have trouble with reading comprehension. Once I learned how to sort through the information it changed everything for me.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being honest, supportive, and patient. No student is the same and you always have to be prepared to do something you have never done before.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find that if you are really passionate and excited about the material, that excitement and energy will be integrated in your teaching and will then rub off on the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would create problems for them and follow their process. Once they can solve multiple versions of the same problem without my help and can teach me how to solve it, I know they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Never shoot them down for incorrect answers. Always praise their accomplishments in a problem and help them think their mistakes are minuscule. Show them they are learning and can do it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate the way they approach a problem and look for patterns in errors and mistakes to figure out what areas they are struggling in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to my students needs by being a blob of clay. No student is the same, therefore you cannot teach the same way to each new student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, calculators, pens. That is all you need to teach math.