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Billy

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My interest in tutoring comes from my desire to nurture curiosity of the natural world and encourage the pursuit of technical and artistic education. My educational background is in engineering. In May 2015 I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines and received my BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to tutoring, I got experience in an educational environment as a teachers' aide. I primarily worked with kids age 7-12 in artistic and athletic oriented classes.

As I was growing up, I struggled with mathematics and it didn't really begin to click for me until high school. I am inspired to assist students in the pursuit of STEM oriented education because of my past struggles and successes.

Billy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colorado School of Mines - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

There are some video and computer games that I play from time-to-time. I also enjoy reading - primarily Sci-Fi and occasionally comic books.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Calculus

Engineering

Geometry

Math

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Statics and Dynamics

Thermodynamics


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe it is most important to emphasize understanding of a subject when trying to teach it. Every missed question is a learning opportunity to see where they can improve understanding and be prepared in the future.

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

General Introductions. Try to get to know the student, what subjects they are struggling or excelling in, and where they could use improvement. Then, try to set out a schedule of events, upcoming tests/homework assignments, and figure out the best schedule to prepare the student of those events.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe the best way to encourage independent learning is to instill curiosity for the subject and encourage them to question the "Hows" and "Whys" of the material, as well as the "Whens" of when it can apply outside of the classroom.

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

Try to get the student to explain as much of the skill/concept as they can. Just talking through it can help the student make the connections that they need for a more thorough understanding. It will also help me get up to speed on what his/her specific issue is.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

When dealing with mathematical/scientific word problems, it helps to kind of work backwards through the prompt. Assess what is specifically being asked, and work through what tools are provided in the body of the question. I would try to instill that method of determination.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Try to relate the subject to something they want to do in the future or something that they are already interested in. Many science and mathematics students think they can go into the subjects and never worry about studying liberal arts, but being an effective communicator is a GIGANTIC part of STEM studies.