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I graduated in 2013 majoring in Math and Stats and was a graduate student at Michigan State University in the Industrial Mathematics program. I have been tutoring Math in and out of university for five years. I have worked with several companies and institutions learning various teaching methods and taught in various settings for high school and college students, including drop in labs, group and private sessions, substitute teaching, and as a Calculus lecturer at MSU.

I am also a 20 year yo-yo champion, performer and instructor. In the years after my schooling I worked for a yo-yo website designing a curriculum for teaching how to play with the modern yo-yo on the largest followed yo-yo channel marking millions of views. I have guided many sponsored yoyo competitors to their various regional, national titles, a world title, and recently won 2 national titles for myself. Both Maths and Yo-yos have given me many adventures and I enjoy sharing my passion as a life long learner of both to others to benefit their world view.

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Connor’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Grand Valley State University - Bachelors, Math and Statistics

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Yo-Yo Champion

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in completely understanding material, including understanding the foundation basing that material with no holes left unplugged, no matter how far back in school we need to revisit. Gaining back the lost art of number sensibility and meaning of numbers is an important part to putting a student back on track. We will not just assume topics work but understand why they work to create long term memories in understanding and using the topic of the day.

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

In the first session, we will start with a few questions on the student's current topic; from there we will move back to the basics needed to understand the topic to assess what holes in basic mathematics need revisiting to learn the topic effectively. Whether it would be relearning how count, add, subtract, or fractions. We will then show how and when these basics will affect the topic of the day.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learning starts at the foundation and works its way up. We will start with material where students are capable of answering inquires independently, starting with counting and addition if needed, and then continually work our way back up to the material at hand.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

When a student has difficulty with a skill or concept, it usually is due to a hole, gap in knowledge or forgetting material from a math class from previous years; we will backtrack in the material and recall what the class expects a student to remember.

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