It has been a personal mission of mine to help people understand Math. I have not stopped tutoring people in Math since I was a sophomore in high school. I studied Math for my 4 year degree in college, and I received my 6-12 grade Secondary Math Teacher certification as well.
I also have many solid years of studying Latin and competing in Latin at the State level. These academic challenges enabled me to gain an understanding of words, roots, and vocabulary that flourished throughout my life. My love of reading, languages, and writing manifests itself in everything I do. It has been especially useful in my tutoring and test prep coaching of students from high school English through the SAT/ACT, and GREs.
I am confident and comfortable with tutoring students with Math, Verbal, and Reading concepts for school and test preparation purposes. I have accumulated over 30 years of tutoring and teaching experience helping people learn Math, Words, Reading, and Test Taking skills, and I have loved every minute of it.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri - St Louis - Bachelors, Mathematics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that nothing makes sense until it does - especially with Math. It is normal to feel lost and in the dark until a concept clicks. I understand this process, and will walk a student through, patiently but knowingly, until they discover their lightbulb moment. It cannot be rushed and is worth the wait.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will ask the student what issues they are having problems with in that moment. Once I am clear on the answer, I will ask the student some questions on concepts that precluded what they are working on to make sure that they really grasped those. I will find some solid ground in Math where I feel confident that the student understands what they are doing. Then I will work from those comfortable concepts to tie into the uncomfortable concepts where they are having problems, so they can start to make connections to things they already understand. All Math is connected, so helping them to see how it is related to what they already know can be very useful in growing their understanding of new concepts.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to equip students with the proper tools for the Math they are doing. In my experience, simply providing students with formulas, definitions, equations, etc., is not nearly as useful as showing them how to use these tools and how these tools can mean the difference between being able to solve a problem and not being able to solve a problem. Going forward, then, I stop at the beginning of each problem with the student and ask them to make a list of the tools (definitions, formulas, equations, etc.) that they will need before they even start working on anything. This way they are properly equipped, and they know what they need and why they need it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find the places in Math where they understand what they are doing. We go back to those when they get frustrated or unmotivated. Knowing what you are doing in Math feels good and is very motivating. It can energize and motivate you to be willing to take the risk to go forward and learn something new.