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Valentine

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In general, I always enjoy helping others because part of my nature is to be of service to others. In particular, I have a passion for tutoring because it allows me the chance to witness first-hand the manifold ways in which a student progresses due not only to my efforts, but also due to his/her hard work.

I have tutored high school, university and non-traditional students in the following courses: Algebra I &II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Statistics. I have taught at the high school level for three years, and have two years of experience working as an adjunct instructor at the community college level.

I received my BS in Mathematics with a Physics minor from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and my MS in Mathematics with a Statistics concentration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

I describe my teaching style as that of helping the student to see the big picture, while keeping him/her focused on the details by continually asking the 'why' questions. I firmly believe that each person learns in a slightly different way, so I try to identify that way in which a student learns best and thus align my efforts accordingly.

I enjoy golfing, bird-watching, playing chess, reading biographies and other historical works.

Valentine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: St Marys Univeristy - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Masters, Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 28

Hobbies

Golfing, birdwatching, reading history and biographies, chess

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

Business

Business Calculus

Calculus

College Algebra

College Physics

Elementary School Math

Geometry

High School Physics

Math

Physics

Pre-Calculus

Science

Statistics

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I describe my teaching philosophy as that of helping the student to see the big picture while keeping him/her focused on the details by continually asking the "why" questions. I firmly believe that each person learns in a slightly different way, so I try to identify that way in which a student learns best and thus align my efforts accordingly.

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

I would introduce myself and then have the student tell me a little about themselves so I can get a sense of their interests, strengths, and preferences.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that each person learns naturally and thus already is an independent learner. However, sometimes we need a little extra help to understand certain topics. I would help such a student by encouraging him/her to do outside reading and to re-read books and articles on those topics that challenge him/her.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by keeping his/her focus on the goals and objectives and by reaffirming his/her potential to achieve them.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would break up the skill or concept into its parts, if possible, and then have the student explain each part separately until we can put all the parts together and understand the whole part.