Hey, I’m Jacob! I recently graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University in December of 2019. I have been accepted into graduate school at ASU, and currently plan on pursuing a PhD in Applied Mathematics with a focus in Numerical Methods/Computational Analysis in August of this year. Throughout my academic career, I have realized that any student can excel if they are presented with the right opportunities. For example, when I took Calculus in high school, I absolutely hated it, primarily because it was taught in a way that I did not understand. However, when I took it in college, I had amazing professors which allowed me to truly learn the material, and I found a passion for not only math, but teaching as well.
I tutored for two years when I was in high school, and most recently I tutored for two years at ASU. After my first semester tutoring at the university, I was promoted to Lead Tutor, which meant along with my normal tutoring duties, I also oversaw a select group of other tutors in order to ensure the efficiency of the tutoring center. I have experience tutoring in the subjects of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Statistics, and Programming in MATLAB, Python, AWK, and FORTRAN.
I genuinely enjoy math and I enjoy working with students to understand something I find so fascinating. I remember when how I felt when I was taking the courses that I tutor, so it is easy for me to relate to struggling students and help them understand information. My method of tutoring relies on finding out how the student learns the best. Oftentimes the question arises regarding "when will I ever use this in real life?", and that is a valid question. To answer that, I ask what the student is interested in, and I relate the material they are learning to what they find interesting. Whether their interest be building, computers, science, sports, graphic design, etc., math is applicable in every field. It is always easier to learn material when the student finds the material enjoyable, or can at least relate to the information being taught. I am also capable of adapting to the students' specific learning needs. I can tutor in many different visual ways, verbal ways, etc. to make the content easiest for the student to understand.
I have experience in a multitude of lower and higher level math courses, I have tutored for many years, and I have tutored many different age groups. I know a lot of information, and I know ways to relate that information to fit any one person specifically. Through my tutoring experience, I have developed a plethora of techniques to make difficult material seem easier for students to comprehend. I care about a student’s success, and will do anything I can to help them achieve that.
I have a very flexible schedule, and I am willing to make any sort of accommodations necessary. Although school can be challenging, I pride myself in my ability to make challenging concepts easier for students to grasp. I consider myself easy-going, and I will do what it takes to help any student be successful.
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