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Chris

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I have had much success in tutoring and teaching mathematics since 2005. Patience is a virtue. Academics are like any other skill set, retention and familiarity come with repetition. Looking forward to hearing from students eager to learn. I love helping others succeed in mathematics.
Hobbies and interests outside of academics include Magic the gathering at the professional level, yugi-oh duel links, My little pony fandom as well as volunteer security for Bronycon (2015, 16, and 17 so far)
Nearing completion of a masters degree in applied mathematics. Some Weekends available upon request.

Chris’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Frostburg State University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Hobbies

Movies, Singing, competitive collectible card games such as magic the gathering.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Repetition. Instruct via examples, and then ask leading questions to guide a student through the problem.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Give them a problem. Using guided questions, not pencil and paper, verbally prompt the student for the next step in solving the problem.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

After guiding a student successfully through a problem without anything written by me, I inform the student that everything on the paper came from them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Begin an example problem, and then ask them if they understand the thought process and execution at each step. Clarify as needed.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Gauge the individual's personality and work style while going through problems together. Cater to the student's learning style.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

A pencil, paper, a calculator as needed, and handouts where appropriate.

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

Relate it to a tangible example of an interest of theirs. Make analogies and mindful jokes/stories to help them remember when working independently.