## Brian

Certified Tutor

Brian’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics

### Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 32

SAT Math: 710

### Hobbies

Video Games and TV Shows

### Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that you can't lecture teach math. It just doesn't work. That's like trying to lecture teach someone how to solve a puzzle; they won't be able to solve the puzzle if you just lecture them about it. My philosophy is that all you need to do is just explain to them what kind of problem it is, and how to go about thinking about the problem. From that point on it's just all about solving the problems. Math is really about muscle memory more than anything. If you solve a problem enough times, you will reach a point where you can always identify which problems require which method of solving.

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

I would ask them to take out their homework, or maybe a review for their next test, and ask them to solve some problems from it. I would identify the problems that they are having trouble with, and directly address those problems by developing a plan for them to learn the necessary material in order to do well on the test.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learning is hard. Especially if you really find yourself dependent on a teacher to help guide you through the steps. I like to view teaching as "training wheels". You have a teacher help you along with the problems, until one day you attempt to take the training wheels off. To help visualize this, it would be like this: I would teach the student how to solve his problems. I would then watch over him and he continued to solve his problems and help him if he seems to be failing. Slowly but surely, I will provide less and less help as the student will not be needing the help, up until the point that they feel that they have learned the material. In order to further ensure he becomes an independent learner, I would also encourage and even possibly assign him work to do in my absence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I feel that there's no greater motivation than seeing your own improvement. I would test the student at the beginning of the tutoring session that particular week ,and record the length of time it takes him to complete certain types of questions, as well as the frequency of his mistakes, and then at the end of the week show him how much he's improved throughout the week, so that in the next week he finds himself more excited about improving.