I try to help the students understand new concepts by tying the new concepts to ones that they already understand, so that they can see where the new information comes from and how it can be applied.
I love getting to see students understand new concepts, and to be able to draw connections between new and old material. Being able to help a student break down a concept and figure out their own strategies for success is an incredible experience!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Finding a starting point for the student, one that they understand conceptually and how to apply, and then building connections between this are and any concepts that the student is having trouble with. Then, trying to explain the new concept in different ways, using real-life examples, to foster understanding rather than simple memorization.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Multiple college-level courses in all areas that I offer help for, including calculus, organic chemistry, and advanced composition. I also have experience teaching new concepts to younger students, having been a swim lessons instructor for 2 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
More difficult/ complex topics will typically be marginally more expensive, but I do try to avoid high rates as I know how important education is, and believe that extra help in a difficult area should not be prohibitively expensive.
How did you get started teaching?
My start of teaching was instructing swim lessons over the summer, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, that it was a large part that made me realize I wanted to work with children as a career.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with a number of students from ages of around 6 to 15, so I am comfortable working with all age groups.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a teacher who not only knows the material, but one who actually understands it. From my experience, someone who has only memorized a concept or idea, and doesn't understand why it works, cannot effectively explain that topic to another, whereas someone who understands the topic can help break it down or explain it in different and more detailed ways, which help the student more deeply understand the material.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Is there a specific area or type of problem that is giving me trouble?
Is this problem similar to another topic that I do feel comfortable with?
What part of this problem DO I understand?