Math is to be understood, not memorized. I can help you do that.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas of the Permian Basin - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Texas Tech University - Masters, Mathematics
I love to shoot pool, cooking, and traveling.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Don't get too hung up on the fact that you've made mistakes. There was a time when adding 2 digit numbers was the hardest thing you had ever seen. That is not the case now. We learn by trying and by learning from our mistakes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what they know, and try different teaching styles to see which one they respond best to.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always end all techniques by asking them to explain it to me as if I were the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By pointing out the small victories and achievements they have made through the session.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I ask them to explain their thought process so I can pinpoint where they are having the most trouble, and then focus on that sub topic.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading takes a few times. This is true for those of us who read well also. I feel like patience is one of my best qualities. I try to make people feel comfortable while they are trying to improve their skills.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking questions to see how much help they need, and then focusing on the areas that need help.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to build a rapport with them and see what kind of interests or hobbies they have outside of school. I would then try to incorporate what they are learning in those interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Short answer questions and role reversal.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By focusing on the small victories. The solution comes from hard work, but also from patience. That is hard to keep unless you see small victories in the process.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them to explain what they are thinking while working out problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The best way I have found is to simply just ask them what they prefer. I also introduce new techniques of teaching. Sometimes the new techniques work better than they knew it could. Other times, I learn how to teach a new way that was asked of me.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen/pencil, calculator (if applicable), and a computer (if applicable).