Hi! My name is Chase and I am a UC Davis graduate in Mathematics. I have been tutoring for the last few years now and I enjoy it a lot. I know the stress and the struggle of answering those pesky homework problems and not feeling like it converts over to the test. I like to break down mathematics to its simplest form of derivation after derivation in order to show the student that it is a set of simple logical steps that becomes easier if you do not simply memorize the expressions and formulas. I hope to become a great asset to my student in whatever mathematical endeavor they are currently facing.
University of California Davis - Bachelors, Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Mathematics was not meant for the genius. Algebra, geometry, calculus and even further beyond is a process of learning and mistakes. Therefore, all math can be learned no matter where you start from. It only takes time and perseverance.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically in a first session, I like to, for a few minutes, get to know the student and also learn a little bit about his strengths and weaknesses. I like to start with knowing about their prior knowledge either through a diagnostic test or, more commonly, a Q & A of math questions related to their subject of interest. That way, I can assess what skills need to be built up or what areas should be covered.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
From elementary to higher education, the best way to become an independent learner comes down to a few key concepts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe it always depends on the student. Math can be very dry if not taught well; therefore, I try to keep it more interesting by introducing what applications it has (its applications are everywhere, so it is already cool), as well as how important math has been historically.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Fortunately, in mathematics, there is more than one way to teach any concept or skill. I believe sometimes it is necessary to teach them more than just the formula. I like using pictures, geometric shapes, applications or examples. I think they all help learning with new concepts, especially ones like the intermediate value theorem, which has rules that can be taught through derivation rather than memorization.