Math is the language of strategic thinking and symbolism. To me, math is just as creative a field as any other field could be. Math is an art of the mind.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Honors College of Stony Brook University - Bachelors, Pure Mathematics
Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Music Business
I love drawing and painting, biking, hiking, soccer. Besides math, music is my other passion. I play flute, piccolo, and some piano.
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
AP Music Theory
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
Elementary School Math
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to be adaptable and flexible to my students' needs. Everyone learns differently, and it is a teacher's job to adjust so that the student understands. Math is not hard. Sometimes we just get bad teachers. When the good ones come along, we have that epiphany, "Oh my gosh, was it just this easy the whole time?!" I love when my students have that epiphany.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first try to see where the student is currently with respect to his/her material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To help a student become an independent learner, I would teach the child good organizational skills and how to study. I would reinforce good behavior and NOT focus on negativity.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help the student stay motivated by showing him/her the progress he/she has achieved so far, and reinforce positive behaviors by letting the student know I appreciate and notice the good he/she is accomplishing.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I teach the material in various ways to meet the child's specific learning style. I also believe in the importance of repetition to help strengthen the pathways in the brain for long-term retention of the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Children who struggle with word problem in math due to reading comprehension problems, I recommend that they also get the appropriate reading help. I also recommend supplementary reading material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would incorporate three different types of teaching that help with the various types of learning: visual, audio, and tangible. Some students need hands-on with manipulatives to help them grasp the special constructs of geometry and the applications to the real world of mathematical concepts.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
If a student fails to grasp the material after I have taught it in one way, then I will adapt to that child's needs until we have established successful communication.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring by watching the facial expressions of my student to see if they are expressing distress; I ask them if they understand, and if they have any questions; I test to see if, regardless of what they tell me, they are able to apply the concepts on their own without my help and to replicate what I have taught. If I notice the material has not been retained or is not understood or is not being applied properly, then I slow down the steps and review older material to make sure the student is fluent in basic math skills.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It depends on a particular student. But sometimes, I try to make the math relatable to something they like. I will ask what they enjoy doing and try to understand more about them as a human being. Then I am able to make the math more relatable to the particular child, and help that child enjoy math and understand why it is important to learn, even if they do not grow up to become mathematicians.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use books, videos, and manipulatives.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that when you truly engage with the student and let them know you are there to help them learn and not to judge them, then the student feels safe. When a student feels safe, he/she will better express what he/she does or does not understand. Paying attention to the student and having patience is critical to the success of the child's learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build students' confidence, I make sure to acknowledge the progress they have made, and to let them know I appreciate their hard work when they have shown the effort. I try to let the student know that they can overcome their failures. Patience is very important to help a student develop confidence, because it is a sign that the teacher has hope for them. When a student sees that his/her teacher has hope in him/her, then the student will mirror that positive thinking of him/herself.