My name is Spencer. I began tutoring while going to college at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I really liked it.
Besides tutoring I love basketball, hanging out with my dog, and playing board games with friends.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, General Engineering
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 30
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1520
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 770
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 760
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 740
Basketball, board games, gardening, eating new foods
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe learning should be fun! Learning in every subject can be fun and engaging, given the proper presentation. I believe that if you are having a good time while you learn, you learn more effectively. Also, learning as a student is a preparation for lifelong learning. Life is a lot more interesting when you try to always be learning something new.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first tutoring session, I want to get to know the student. I want to get to know them a bit personally and really get a good picture for what they are learning and where they want to focus our attention on. I might ask for a syllabus for the course in question or look at some current assignments that they are working on. The more information the better!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students become independent learners by prompting them to connect ideas from different areas and make good educated guesses when they're unsure of how to proceed.