I am passionate about everything to do with math including the history, the proofs, the myriad applications, and the constant challenge. The best thing about tutoring is that moment when a student finally understands a concept they just couldn't tackle on their own. I not only will facilitate the problem-solving process of homework but review and if necessary introduce the concepts and reasoning behind formulas and applications.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: George Mason University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics
I love reading non-fiction, biographies, fantasy, and thrillers. I enjoy hiking and hope to some day conquer Barr Trail, the trail that leads to the top of Pikes Peak. I do puzzles or math problems almost every day. I love watching period pieces, soft science fiction, fantasy, and British shows. I, almost daily, listen to music such as rock, classical, and techno. I hope to one day go to graduate school and become a professor.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is different. Some are visual learners, some just need someone there to push them, and some need a lot of examples. I try to approach each new student with that in mind.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I usually start the first session by asking the student what they are struggling with, what their expectations are, and what they have been working on in class. We then move on to whatever they specifically need help with that day.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Even if I see a student on their way to making a mistake, that can be a good thing. I then ask why that's their answer. It gets them to think about the process of answering that specific question. I also encourage working on a problem for as long as possible without looking up the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes, a student needs to take a step back. Math builds upon itself very quickly. I suggest reviewing previous material to make sure they have a solid foundation. When they have mastered that material, they are more likely to be successful with newer material.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I ask them what they don't understand about the concept. I may create example problems or even help them thoroughly re-learn the concept.