Yafet Bassa Silfa
Knowing that everyone learns differently, my teaching methods vary according to the student. If they're visual, hands on, etc.... If they are ahead, falling behind, or barely hanging on to understand the material, my goal is to accelerate their understanding and help them realize that thy too can be good at math. I focus on the understanding of the material, and I make sure I explain things in a way the student would understand and be able to retain the material.
Mathematics and working with numbers is what I enjoy doing most. On a more personal level, I am friendly and enjoy working with people. My students, coworkers, friends, and parents of students would describe me as a team player; someone who is understanding and they enjoy being around.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First, I would verbally test them to see where they stand in knowledge of the course that they need tutoring in. Then I give them a couple of math problems from previous chapters that they have completed in the course, and have them explain to me their thought process. This way, I know how they learn (visual, by doing, etc...) Lastly, depending on their style of learning (visual, doing, etc...) that’s how I would teach them.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have tutored everything from Elementary math to College Calculus 2. I have tutored for a little over 5 years
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Middle School and Younger: $25/hr
High School (Algebra & Geometry): $30/hr
High school (Trigonometry/Pre-calculus): $35/hr
(Calculus I): $50/hr
(Calculus II): $65/hr
How did you get started teaching?
I fell in love with math at about 2-3 years old. I have completed "mental math" spreadsheets for "fun" which is something not everyone can say about math. I have always enjoyed it, and helped my peers in their math assignments. I enjoyed doing so, and since about 10th grade (16 Years old) I have been tutoring and helping those that I could help in the math area.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students of all ages between 5 and 30 years old.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I would tell a student that if they want someone who is going to be effective in teaching them the things they're looking help in, they would need to test them. Give them a try and during the session keep in mind all the things you would want someone to do with you and for you in order to help you learn, and ask them why don't they do those things, or if they do those things, just simply thank them for doing so and helping you learn. This will motivate both the student and the teacher to be as effective as possible during their sessions.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. Do I actually understand the previous material that I need in order to complete where I am stuck now?
2. Do you have any success stories with previous students? If so, can you share one or two?