My goal is to teach more than just math. It is to instill confidence and perseverance within each student.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Bachelors, Mathematics
I enjoy nearly all sports. In my spare time I like to play with my young niece and nephews, and I enjoy hiking with my dogs.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is made easy when a student is provided with high support and high challenge. My goal is to be supportive and encouraging while maintaining high expectations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I want to find out what your goals are and what you're expectations are from me. Then together we discuss how we want to move forward. Once that is settled, we'll break out the books and start the learning!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I focus primarily on the thought process behind finding the solution. We look at resources and ways to critically consider a problem. I do not teach the answers. I focus on how to arrive at answers. This helps students learn how to problem solve and creatively approach problems independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students tend to lose motivation for one of two reasons, either they're bored or they're frustrated. If a student is bored, then I creatively challenge the student through investigation to help them learn the subject on a deeper level. If a student is frustrated, then I back-track the content to a point where the student is comfortable in order to build confidence and momentum.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Creativity is key. Approaching the topic from different angles and taking the time to flesh out the details is often all a student needs to be successful. Often times the student knows what they need more than the tutor. I just have to listen.