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Nima

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I served at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University as a lecturer in Mathematical Sciences department. I got my Bachelor and Master degree in Pure Mathematics and also have nine years of experience in teaching all fields of Math to college and high school students.

Nima’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Tehran - Bachelors, Pure Mathematics

Graduate Degree: New Mexico State University-Main Campus - Masters, Mathematics

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 168

Hobbies

Watching movies, Stock marketing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As an instructor, I always try to care about every single student in class. It is important for me that how each one of them is following lectures. During the lectures, I usually put myself in a student's position to make sure that the material that I am teaching is based on their knowledge. My most important tool for effective teaching is promoting an interactive environment in classroom. I usually ask questions during lecture from at least 50 percent of students, especially students who are not following the class the way that I want, and I try to ask them questions in a way that they can answer it correctly. I know that most undergraduate students take many courses in a semester and they have a lot to do during the week. So, I try to not give them so much homework, which can make them confused. Each semester, after the first meeting hearing about the strategy of the course, I make a specific calendar for each course that I'm teaching. In this calendar, I write some comments for myself in each week of the semester, and these comments are from my experiences from past semesters. It helps me to remember during the semester in each week what the important things are related to my teaching. I usually avoid proof-based materials for undergraduate students. If there is any specific point in the book that needs proof, I try to explain it out of Theorem-Proof style for students, and I have seen that they really can make connections with this method. My evaluations from previous semesters show that most of the students are glad that they can see the improvements, and they also like that I spend more than enough time for their problems.

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

I talk to the student about his/her math background, and then I explain different ways that we can improve his/her skills in problem solving. And finally, I encourage him/her to learn the math, not memorize it.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By explaining the best way that someone can read a math book. It's easy to read a math book, but for getting the best out of it, practicing many problems for each section is necessary.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By showing him/her the applications of a math course in his/her major and in real life.

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

I use technology to show him how easy is to find a solution of a problem or understand a math concept.

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

Identifying his/her weak points in math in the first session, and then improving that with practicing a lot of problems on those parts.

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

By showing him/her how to solve a problem step by step. And I usually name each step by some funny terms. Like the first step is always APPLE. Second step is BITE on APPLE. Third step is DIGESTION.

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

Giving him/her easy problems first. And then making harder problems step by step.

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

The first thing is to be adapted to each student's personality. If he/she thinks that you are just a friend who is giving him/her a bunch of new information, then he/she accepts it better.

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

Just a computer, if necessary, for showing graphs and mathematical shapes.

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

Asking them about the difficulties that they have during finding a solution, and then showing them how to avoid those difficulties.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I have enough experience (almost 9 years of teaching) that I can understand a student's needs in the first 5 minutes of a session. I ask simple math questions and then observe the way he/she solves them, which clarify his/her needs for me.

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

I try to simplify the article (problem, section, etc.) for them and change it to a way that is easy for them to read it.