The secret to my success as a tutor is that I teach my students the way that I wish someone would've taught me. I simplify complex topics by providing clear explanations, not just giving you the right answer. I also give my students overviews, highlighting the key concepts needed to grasp the subject. In just one lesson, my students walk away with more insightful takeaways than most students who've already taken the course.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Florida International University - Masters, MBA
Chess, personal fitness, reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy), video games.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that if a student is taught the right way, they'll be able to grasp any subject intuitively.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Depending on the student's needs, my first session may involve helping a student prepare for a test, finish an assignment, or understand how to approach a subject. All three of these scenarios involve me focusing on the major concepts of the topic and showing the student how they relate to each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The essence of independent learning is knowing how to approach a subject. I teach an approach that emphasizes holistic understanding, not mindless memorization. I teach students how to decompose a subject by identifying key patterns and concepts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The easiest way to stay motivated is by seeing your progress. After just an hour with me, students usually walk away with a deeper understanding of the subject. They realize that these subjects are actually very easy to understand when approached correctly. Sometimes it's not what you're looking at, but the way you look at it that makes the difference.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I have a way of rephrasing my explanations from multiple angles to try to get my point across. I also like to use visuals or little mental tricks to help people understand things intuitively.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I don't have this issue much as a math tutor, but I like to keep things as simple, accessible, and intuitive as possible.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have a few go-to techniques I've use to learn that also work well for my students. I like using graphs and step-by-step methods.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
As an experienced tutor, almost all my students are struggling when I meet them. What I try to do is remove the anxiety. I let them know that the material is actually pretty easy, that I've done this lots of times before, and not to worry because it's going to be okay.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would basically work on them with any weakness that I notice. I would do an assessment. I would take practice problems from the text book and ask conceptual questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I start slow and small. I determine what level a student is on, and from there I decide what speed and scope to work on. The easy wins early on help increase their confidence as time goes by.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I first pay attention to what they're asking for. Once I know their situation, I ask them what topics they're currently covering in the class. Once I know that, I ask them which concepts they've been struggling with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have a style that is very adaptable. If you're visual, I'm comfortable with graphs. If your conceptual, I'm good at explaining things. If you're methodical, I do step by step procedures. One of those usually gets the job done.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use either a notepad or a white erase board for drawing graphs or writing concepts down. Sometimes I'll a graphing software. I have my go-to tools like the unit circle, but that's all I usually need.