NY Math Tutor
Scott has a Master's degree in Economics and a BA in Elementary Education. He began tutoring Brooklyn students in 2011. He worked for a non-profit organization tutoring students in low income families. That organization lost their funding after one short year. He was fortunate enough to have a few great families who hired him on to be a private tutor for their children. His meager three families quickly turned into over 30 families in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn. Currently he works online creating math courses and tutoring math students onine. He also writes educational workbooks for grade school students. Most importantly, he is a proud husband and father.
Scott believes that any student can be good at math if they know the fundamentals. That is why his courses and tutoring sessions focus on the fundamentals of math that will prepare students for success in the future.
You can check out the free math website he created at https://www.nymathtutor.com/
His paid courses can be found on Udemy by going to https://www.udemy.com/ and searching for Scott Grierson.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When I work with a new student I like to do a free session where I give an evaluation. This allows me to find the areas where the student needs help and to see if we are a good match.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BA in elementary education and I have been tutoring students in 2nd to 9th grade for the past 8 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
When I travel to teach a lesson I charge $80 per hour. For online lessons I have charged between $25 and $40 in the past.
How did you get started teaching?
I had the opportunity to teach ESL in South Korea for a year. That opportunity sparked my interest in teaching. When I returned I went back to school and earned my BA in elementary education.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students in Kindergarden all the way up to the ninth grade. I have experience and some training working with students who have learning disorders as well. I am comfortable working towards the goals of an IEP.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One of my proudest accomplishments was having a student go from a 1 on the New York State Math Test all the way up to a 4, in just one year. This is not typical, and it actually brought the mother and I to tears. I worked very hard with that student and had to overcome a great number of obstacles. Seeing that progress is what makes me love my job.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I would tell the student to try a lesson and see if they feel the tutor is a good match for what they are trying to accomplish.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
The student should think about what they do well and what they struggle with. Then they should ask themselves why they are struggling in certain areas. Finally, they should ask themselves what goals they have for school. It could be going from a D in math to a B or learning how to do long division.