Hi I'm Russ, a recent graduate from NYU majoring in Computer Science and Economics. I'm good at math, and passionate about teaching people math. I have previous experience in teaching a high school student with SAT math, and helped him achieve noticeable increase in test score. I'm keen on understanding student's struggle, whether it's just for study or personal, and communicate with his/her parents if it's about life stress or anxiety.
Personally I like to play Sudoku and other kinds of game when I'm free. I like to play soccer and good at playing piano. I think music helps a lot with a person's thinking ability and if a student knows how to play an instrument I would definitely encourage him/her to form that habit.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Computer Science and Economics
checker, sudoku, piano, soccer
What is your teaching philosophy?
Think what your student is thinking. Address teaching from both the logical and psychological aspect.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
See what they are recently learning in school and what confusion they have over the course material. If they have a test, check out the topics covered by the test, and see how the student performs in each of the topics.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Offer the student a set method of learning tailored to his/her personal predilection. For example, teach them to learn how to organize themselves with a study plan.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Treat the student to a meal if he/she does good in a test. Establish a reward system.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explain the concept to the student, with examples and graphs followed by lots of practice problems.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to be their friends, and know their personalities first. Then make plans tailored to their personal needs.