Hi My Name Is Connor Daley. I am recent graduate from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelors degree in Management Science. I want to give students who are seeking help in areas of Mathematics the opportunity to succeed in a way that is helpful, self-challenging, and most importantly fun. Not everyone finds Math to be the most fun subject of all. However, my goal is to make the students feel more comfortable with the material that it becomes less of a burden and maybe even sparks an interest in Math that wasn't there before.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The easiest part of a problem is the middle and the end when you give the answer, but the hardest part is knowing how to start. My teaching philosophy is helping students with understanding the first steps through thorough concept review, sample exercises, and finally, the attempt at the problem given. I thoroughly believe that with the material we learn, most of the time we know it after we get the momentum going; we just need that initial push in the right direction.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establish a set of expectations that the student has for the tutoring sessions. Then, lay out a plan of action for when we will attack what areas of focus. Also, most important, is getting to know the student and understanding how the student learns.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Once a student understands a concept well enough to be able to teach it back and start a challenging practice problem, then they no longer need assistance in that particular area. Guiding rather than telling, presenting examples of ways to attack a problem and letting the student decide which one he or she would like to take.