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Math is magical when you have the wand.
The only big challenge is to find it.

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Torchild’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: Polytechnic Institute of New York University - Bachelors, Electronics/Math

Graduate Degree: Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest - Masters, Electronics/Math


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What is your teaching philosophy?

No student would hate Math if explained in his/her "language."

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

Introductions and assessments.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Using technology and visual explanation.

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

Listening, assessing and supporting the right ideas.

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

Encouraging the good steps and motivating the next ones. Finding a victory at every topic.

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

Lectures, technology, solving problems live, and accepting challenges as the student presents them.

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

Highlighting his good sides, and helping the weak ones.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Quizzes, homework, and practice tests.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Encouraging shortcuts if the student is recording substantial progress and is quick at following; slowing down and reloading if the student struggles.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

A laptop, textbook, notes, and websites.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Enhancing his good solving and comprehension habits, allowing the student to involve themselves in the solving of problems, and encouraging double checking and correcting mistakes.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Always pointing to the next topic as a stepping stone to the final result of learning that math is not that hard when you connect the dots.

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

Pause, rewind, determine where the difficulty starts, and reload, if possible, with a different approach.

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