I believe that all students can learn mathematics. I have been working as a tutor since I was thirteen for mathematics and I love every minute of it. I like tackling new mathematics and helping students view their work at different angles that might help them come to an understanding of the subject. Being able to do math, not just arithmetic, is an ability that every student has and I believe that together we can figure out how to let that ability shine.
Undergraduate Degree: Carroll College - Bachelors, Mathematics
SAT Math: 720
Computer games, reading, logic puzzles, American Ninja Warrior
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can be good at math; they just need a push in the right direction. I believe students learn better when they find the approach that works best for them, even if it might not be exactly how the curriculum wants them to approach it. By gaining a basic understanding, I believe that students can more easily adapt and learn the patterns that the curriculum wants them to adapt to and understand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, I like to figure out what areas the student in struggling in and figure out their baseline of understanding. Ideally, I want to learn if there's a misunderstanding further back in their learning that we need to repair before we move forward onto new material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
While resources such as Wolfram Alpha allow students to get the answer without the solution, my goal is to help students learn how to use these independent resources in order to find a solution. If a student is stuck on a problem and given the answer, are they able to work backwards to a solution? That's how I hope to help students become independent learners.