For the past five years I have taught mathematics in middle school, high school and college ranging from 6th grade math to Differential Equations. I have tutored students outside of school in mathematics and ACT prep.
I like helping students feel successful at something they previously struggled with. When students understand that they don't have to do every problem perfectly, they start to succeed.
Ms. Darch helped me to, for the first time in my life, really understand the foundations of Mathematics in a way that really spoke to me. I used to be a terrible Math student. I didn't understand the why behind anything. Ms. Darch finally helped me to peek behind the curtain and see how everything was connected, and everything just clicked!
Identifying goals with both the parents or teachers and the student is integral to having everyone feel successful. I spend a lot of time in the first session asking the student to explain how they are working through the problem to identify what about the process is impeding their success. Finally, I think it's important to give the student a mix of easy, intermediate and difficult problems each day to gage how well they are progressing.