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Carlos

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Students that laugh together learn together; I take full advantage of this statistical fact. I love math and I'm passionate about giving students the insights they need to succeed. My fun loving personality fits perfectly with tutoring; students are more at ease, open to learning, and take on challenging concepts when they are instructed with a a bit of joy and enthusiasm.

Carlos’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ventura College - Current Undergrad, Engineering

Hobbies

Music, Poetry, being the best Husband and Father I can, Technology, Math, Community Development

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Calculus

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

Geometry

Math

Pre-Algebra


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Students that laugh together learn together. Also, visualizing and relating concepts to stories and ideas enables long term retention.

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

Ask what their interests are and relate that to a potential career they might be interested in. Having an end goal in mind for education can help motivate students to succeed.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Showing them how to use their book as a tool to acquire answers to their questions is an important skill. As far as tests go, a good study guide has helped students, including myself, tremendously. Instead of trying to recollect a concept you did for homework 2 weeks prior to test day, you have all the information you need for the test in front of you directly before you take it.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My philosophy is to celebrate errors/incorrect answers during homework. When you complete that problem, you will be gaining know-how that you previously didn't have. In contrast, if you do 10 problems lightning fast with ease, in a sense it's almost like wasting time (exception being practice is always good), because you didn't really learn anything new from those problems. Throughout all levels of math, the greatest moments of learning is when you run into challenge.

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

Break it down into steps. Start from the beginning. Create a simpler problem with the same concept.