## Brian

Certified Tutor

Brian’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Fort Lewis College - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree: Colorado School of Mines - Masters, Chemical Engineering

### Hobbies

Sports & Outdoors

### Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

Elementary School Math

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in finding out what the student knows about the subject first, and then using that knowledge to help them understand whatever it is that they are struggling with.

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

I will ask them what they are having trouble with and then ask them what they know about the task at hand. Once we have that, then we can "build the bridge" between what they know and what they need to know.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By assisting them at first in answering the questions they are working on, without doing it myself, and then slowly removing myself from the process so that they can work on the problem totally independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By starting with what they already know, and then using that, along with breaking down the problem, to help them understand what they don't know.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I use a method called KNWS, where students identify what they Know from the problem, what is Not Needed from the problem, and what the problem Wants them to solve. Then the student will come up with a Strategy to solve the problem. This allows for the problem to be easily broken down and understood.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Getting to know what they already know, and using it to address the problem at hand.