Everyone can learn anything if they have the will and the patience to understand that understanding doesn't happen overnight.
I have been tutoring or teaching mathematics for 16 years. I started off tutoring in the MathLab at Kennesaw State University while getting my degree in secondary mathematics education. I worked with students in subjects from basic arithmetic to Calculus 3 on an almost daily basis. After graduation, I went to work for two different local tutoring centers for three years where I worked with K - 12th graders in all levels of mathematics. After working there, I got a job as an Adjunct Instructor/Professor at Southern Crescent Technical College for 8 years. I taught arithmetic, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, College Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. I love sharing my love of math and I look forward to connecting with you.
Kennesaw State University - Bachelors, Mathematics Secondary Education
Georgia State University - Current Grad Student, Theoretical Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone is capable of doing math; it just takes patience, practice, and learning how to use your learning style to your advantage.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Try to assess their learning style, getting to know if there are gaps in their understanding of math lower than what they are currently studying. That way we can work on current assignments and try to fill in gaps that will make further math classes harder on the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them understand their own learning style and how they can use it, no matter the teaching style of their instructor.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Try to present the skill in a new way; perhaps using apps or hands-on math props.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Encourage the student to try reading the passage three times. The first just to get a feel for it. The second is for the main points. The third is to make sure they didn't miss anything.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Acknowledging the fact that math hasn't come that easy to me in the past, and I have taken classes a second time to fully understand the subject. That everyone makes mistakes, including myself, especially when trying to work quickly through a problem.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Let them know what practical use the subject has in the real world, and some interesting things that even they will be able to do by the end of the course.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Definition tests, formula quizzes, and free answer problems that are graded on partial credit.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Have a question ready for the first session, and then take the same question and have the student re-answer it at a later time, and show them the difference in time it took and mistakes not made.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talk with the student, and ask when they started to struggle with math. Have them take a simple practice test in their current subject and ask what they say is their greatest weakness.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
With visual learners, work with apps and physical aids, when possible, to try to convey the concept visually. For kinesthetic learners, try physical aids, or get them to do something like draw or tap a pencil while listing and take notes for a lesson. With auditory learners, you can record lectures and also try to make up songs to make formulas easier to recall
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Primarily pencil and paper. I also have whiteboards and markers. If I know that a student needs physical material to help them understand, I will try to get my hands on it, or at least find a website that does the same job, just visually instead of physically.