I've always loved mathematics. I received a BA in math and physics and a MA in math from Wesleyan University. During those 4 years, I assist taught a number of courses ranging from calculus to discrete mathematics to probability. I also private tutored all levels of mathematics.
Summer of 2014, I was the head instructor at a children's academic camp (Johns Hopkins: Center for Talented Youth). The course was Paradoxes and Infinities, which is a survey of many different areas of mathematics and the class consisted of 7th to 10th graders.
I'm passionate about teaching because I find the challenge to articulate why principles are what they are, how to use them and why they're relevant exciting. I've been told that my approach to explain concepts in a variety of ways and directly demonstrate real world applications is effective. I love working with students, watching them grow and showing them why math is beautiful.
Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Mathematics, Physics
Wesleyan University - Masters, Mathematics
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find what interests them and implement examples pertaining to those interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Back up and get at the root of the confusion. I also tend to change up the approach and examples as well.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Slow it down, go over examples with them, and try out other approaches.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I ask them what they like and don't like about the course; go through sample problems to gauge experience and understanding; discuss general interests to figure out what examples to use.