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As a computer engineer and business owner, I am experienced in solving real-world problems on a daily basis. My line of work directly involves delivering great customer service, but more importantly, helping people understand the tasks at hand and assisting them in deriving the steps needed to complete those tasks.
My grandfather, Leon (of whom my tutor service is named after) was a math teacher for 40 years, and very passionate about mathematics. I greatly enjoyed learning and reviewing math with him, a memory which I carry with me always. Even as I progressed into professional life, first as a computer engineer and then as a business owner, the thought of teaching mathematics to the others has always been on my mind. I'm happy to say I have finally taken the necessary steps down that path with the establishment of my tutoring business in 2019, and I am looking forward to bringing my real-world experience to bear in helping students improve their math, logic, and problem solving skills.
As an engineer, I am very much in favor of asking questions, and in not being shy about asking! I think too often we are told to hold our questions until the last possible moment, that asking too many questions is detrimental to learning. It is a fine line, to be sure; too few questions and the student may get frustrated and give up; too many questions and the student doesn’t face the necessary adversity and brain work required to learn something new. My rule of thumb if I can't find a way that will work, to paraphrase Thomas Edison, is to find 10,000 ways that don't. At the very least, a student should eliminate every theory that will not work before appealing to the teacher for help; that way they will have begun the process of deriving the solution from eliminating as many possibilities as possible. It also gives the student a sense of accomplishment; they are no longer helpless, as they are taking action to solve their problem, even if they are unable to solve it completely.