My name is Ian Joffe and I offer math tutoring services to students in elementry school, middle school, and high school. I have succeeded in boosting the grades of every student that I have worked with, but perhaps more importantly, I have often been able to rekindle a legitimate enjoyment of math with some students that I work with.
Despite being only 18 years old, I have four years of experience as a math tutor, working with all grade levels and math levels from elementry school through geometry. Being a recent high school graduate (and current UC Berkeley Freshman studying engineering) allows me to better relate and connect to other students. Additionally, compared with older tutors I am more familiar with modern math teaching methods and working with newer curriculum, such as Common Core.
My grandson relates well to this young man. He says that he makes things easy to understand.
My son really enjoyed working with Ian. Ian found a way to explain Geometry in a way my son understood. My son always left his tutoring sessions happy and feeling like he could do well in class, and my son's grade improved. Ian also is very reliable. I highly recommend him.
Ian was a fantastic math tutor for our son. In addition to his obviously strong math skills, he has the rare ability to break down complicated concepts into easily understood steps. His patience and teaching skills were just what our son needed.
With any new student, I generally look to take one pilot session to make sure they like my teaching style. I ask that the student bring some homework they were working, a lesson from the textbook that they are studying, or a test they just got back to go over. This both helps me assess where a student is at and helps the student learn how I like to go through problems.
I generally charge $30 per hour and teach weekly lessons of 60 and 90 minutes. Pricing and timing are both flexible.
I was inspired to start teaching math because of my love of the subject itself. I have always found enjoyment in learning brand new math concepts, and I wanted to pass that enthusiasm along to other students. In addition to liking math itself, I have fun teaching, and I got started tutoring because I wanted to combine my enjoyment of tutoring and mathematics. My first few students were found online, and from there word of mouth took off to help me get other students.
I have worked with a versitile group of students, ranging in age between eight and fifteen. Similarly, I have taught math subjects from elementary school concepts to Algebra and Geometry. While the majority of my students are working with me to catch up or keep pace in their classes, I have also worked with a few students who are already advanced, and want to learn more above and beyond the curriculum. No matter how you are doing in your current course, I can use that experience to know what skills need to be reinforced for more advanced, and also often more interesting math.
Ask questions. Teachers like myself love to help, in fact, that's what we have chosen to do for our jobs, but we can only get as far as we are led by the student. Nothing is more helpful than when students tell us exactly what they are confused about, or what they want to see explained again or in a different way. As a fellow student, I understand that it's sometimes difficult to know exactly what my question is about, or sometimes it just doesn't feel useful to ask at all, and I take it as part of my job to help the student master question-asking.