Tutoring gets me invested. I don't view tutoring as a robotic regurgitation of material I wish I never went back to. For every single student, I ask myself how I first connected all the pieces together to get to where the student is trying to go, and if that method is even appropriate for the student. I am always happy to see students connect these dots. It reminds me there is always room to grow.
In my spare time, I enjoy practicing martial arts and dance. It sounds crazy, but one day I aim to be better than Bruce Lee! I don't have idols, only competition.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to help students build a solid foundation where they feel empowered and motivated to learn by themselves. I can only meet with the student for so many hours, and in those hours I want the student to leave knowing the goal and how to train to get there.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I ask the student what he or she needs help with, and have them do practice problems. It is only when I see how they approach the problem or project that I can evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses.