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Jose

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From an early age, I have had a passion for learning math. I enjoyed figuring problems out fast and efficiently, and now know several ways of teaching math to other students. I have helped my little brother with areas of math he struggled with and have helped him succeed in his courses. I would very much like the opportunity to help you succeed as well!

Outside of tutoring, I enjoy fitness as well as participating with the production of films!

Jose’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Texas A & M University-College Station - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Math: 33

Hobbies

I love fitness and also being involved with making films. I also like to play sports when the opportunity arises!


Q & A

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Start with easy problems and have the student work up to harder problems. I would guide them along the way and make sure they understand everything that's being taught.

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

I'd get to know the student a little bit and try to understand where the student is struggling academically. I would note past experiences the student has had with the subject, and that information would set the course for how I would approach the tutoring sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think they lack confidence at first because they might not feel capable of doing their assignments, making them dependent on someone to get it done. I believe in building the student's confidence so that they can be able to do everything on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to teach the skill or concept in a different way. I try to give examples, usually using something the student is interested in. If the students likes sports, I may use sports in a scenario when trying to explain a concept.

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

I have found that starting with an easier version of the problem and working up to the harder problems works well, as it builds the student's confidence. I also stay very positive and energetic throughout the tutoring session, which seems to rub off on students.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By being energetic! I am very positive and optimistic, and I have seen that it helps the student develop a "can do" attitude.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask the same problem in different ways to make sure the student understands the material. I would also ask them to explain the material problem by applying concepts in different scenarios.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By figuring out where the student is struggling and finding out why the student is making the mistakes they're making.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that everyone is capable of learning. I also understand that people learn differently and at different rates, so it's all about adapting to how the student learns and optimizing the curriculum their taught.