I enjoy teaching students in mathematics and empower them to succeed in the classroom and on exams like the ACT, SAT, and classroom exams in order to completed their degrees. For over 16 years I have tutored middle-school, high-school, and college students algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus I, and for five (5) years I taught algebra and calculus at Oklahoma City Community College as a Mathematics Professor and have graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics. Whether you are struggling through mathematics or want a higher score on the ACT or SAT exams, it would be my pleasure to aid you in your mathematical learning. Get started today!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Oklahoma - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: University of Central Oklahoma - Masters, Mathematics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn effectively through working students through short lessons and hands-on practice with their instructors and with their fellow classmates or learning one-on-one with a qualified tutor. Even when I teach in the college classroom, I provide short lessons in front of the class and provide time for the students to practice learning the new skill with their classmates and with my assistance. Students need to practice solving problems correctly to truly learn mathematics and other subjects.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
As I tutor students, I ask the students questions to aid them in solving equations and guide them in performing mathematical operations correctly. Also, I notice any previous math skills that the student seems to struggle with that is hindering the student from doing well in the current lesson. I practice or teach the previous skills to strengthen the student's mathematical knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My students become independent thinkers through me asking them questions about the solving process and providing them clues. Questions develop the student's ability to problem solve.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help keep the student motivated by continually aiding the student in completing their homework and working on problems that are not too difficult but also not too easy or boring. Students need to feel like they are making progress and not be overwhelmed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a new skill, I teach the student the previous skills that he or she may have forgotten or was doing poorly. The student can learn an easier or previous skill than a more complicated skill. By learning the previous skill, it aids in helping the student to learn the new skill.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
To teach students successfully, I ask students questions to aid them in developing their problem-solving skills. Also, I teach the students any math skills that they may have forgotten.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I apply the problem to a real-life scenario about how they may use their mathematics in the future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To check for a student's understanding of mathematics, I check their homework to make sure that they are arriving at the correct answers, or I will provide extra problems to test their understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If a student is struggling with a subject, then the student probably forgot a prerequisite skill and needs to relearn previous mathematics.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Throughout the tutoring session, I notice any previous math skills that the student needs to re-learn and give the student problems to develop their skills in mathematics.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt to the student's needs by listening to their requests to aid them with math homework, teaching a lesson, studying for a math exam, or answering their questions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I use the student's textbook, formula sheets, calculators, protractors, rulers, and compasses.