I have come to find that tutoring is one of the best things about education. Of course, going to class and learning in the classroom setting is nice and a person can absorb a lot from information, but it's not enough. When I was younger, I would go to a classes of size 20 or more like most students and learn from a teacher and I just felt as though that was overwhelming at times since it was hard to get the attention I needed. This is true for a lot of students and I believe that tutoring helps to bridge the gap from being left out on information or feeling confused. Working with a person one on one, or even a small group helps to cover so much more than could've been learned in a classroom. This helps students to achieve success more often since they have the attention they need. And just because a person needs tutoring, it may not mean they're struggling. Perhaps some students want to master the subject more than just getting a B in the class? I am a big advocate of that and I think it's great just for people to take the opportunity to get tutoring just for better studying tips or open themselves to new learning opportunities. I am happy to be a part of that help and I always look forward to helping students with whatever they need in math. If I don't understand the concept the student is doing in class, I take note of it, I write it down, I learn it. Then I help them learn it. My way of teaching is usually pretty visual. I think that in math particularly, people don't understand exactly what they are taught like the formulas, the theorems, the concepts. But if it is drawn out in a picture or a graph, it's easier to see why that formula is the way it is, or why a certain concept is how it should be.
I have tutored in the mathematics learning center at my school, Southeast Missouri State University, and I have helped students in a variety of subjects such as Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, and even Accounting. My favorite subjects to tutor are Calculus and Statistics. When I work together with a student in an area that I'm a little rusty on, I know that it drives me to my maximum effort of helping them learn (since I am relearning it too).
A little bit about me:
I have recently graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2018 with Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics and Actuarial Science. With those degrees I originally planned to obtain a job in the corporate world as an actuary or data analyst; however, what I really would like to do is go to graduate school for actuarial science. In my free time I really like to play video games or watch television. I also just try to study for further actuarial exams. I am currently studying for the Investments and Financial Markets (IFM) exam.
I would prefer to stick with the online format for right now. I have an HP Spectre laptop and I have an HP Pen which I can clearly write on the online whiteboard in the live sessions. I also recently invested in a 2nd generation iPad Pro. This is a great tool I've used for organization and for note taking so I could tutor practically anywhere!
Overall, I am happy to be a part of Varsity Tutors and am excited to get started once again with helping students around the country!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southeast Missouri State University - Bachelor of Science, Actuarial Science
My interests and hobbies are reading, watching television, going outdoors, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.