Mathematics, as a discipline, is one of the most important human achievements and
it can be very simple if explained very well. Therefore, my global teaching idea is to
reveal main mathematical concepts in a deep way of understanding and to form a fundament that could not be forgotten in the future. I believe an outstanding teacher is not simply a content provider, but a mentor who motivates, inspires and counsels students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Novosibirsk State University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Texas A & M University-College Station - PHD, Mathematics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The first priority of my teaching is to establish a good rapport with the students and to understand their individual needs. I believe that a teacher's personal enthusiasm for the subject and their genuine interest in the needs of the students are essential components of a positive learning environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I check their background and teach main concepts.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Motivate and inspire them. Help with basic problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I understand student's needs.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explain it in an example.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Divide the comprehension by parts and find good examples for each part.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Understand their needs, always use feedback, and test their knowledge.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Learn how to do simple problems first and explain basic ideas more carefully.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Motivate, and show how many things we learned together.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Check the student's knowledge, and ask questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Check the student's needs, and try to understand how the student thinks.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Online books, my own books and lecture notes, and google searches on validated sources.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask related questions, and ask to solve sample problems.