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Melissa

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I am a University of California, Irvine graduate and received a BS in mathematics from there. I also have a secondary math teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National University. I have taught many levels of secondary math including 8th grade math, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. I have tutored these subjects as well as trigonometry, precalculus, and calculus. I love tutoring any subject in math, but Algebra II is my favorite because it was during this class in high school that I realized I loved math and wanted to major in it and teach it one day. I want to help students find the fun in math like I did in high school. I believe that all students are capable not only of learning math, but excelling in it. Because I get to know my students and their interests, they are very receptive to learning from me. Outside of math, I enjoying going for runs, going to ballet class, and spending time with my almost 2 year old daughter.

Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: National University - Masters, Master of Arts-Teaching

Hobbies

I love fitness, food, good books, and funny TV. In my free time I hang out with my family and my dog.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I guide students to the correct response, but will not "spoon feed" them an answer. I always encourage them to figure something out on their own.

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

I would introduce myself, ask them how they are doing, and what they are working on in math class. I would make sure that throughout the session I get to know them as best as I can.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I always encourage students to figure out problems on their own before I intervene. I help them see how to draw connections between concepts rather than memorize formulas.