I am currently a Student at University of North Texas working my degree in Mathematics with a minor in secondary education. Before I went back to school, I trained sales representatives and I fell in love with teaching. Math and physics have always fascinated me so I decided to go back to school to pursue a career in teaching. My biggest strengths are patience and creativity. I believe it is my job to explain the material in a way a student can understand, which means I need to be knowledgeable enough explain concepts in several ways and patient enough to continue trying new methods until I find one that works.
There is nothing more satisfying than the "Aha," moment!
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First, I want to create a rapport with my student and try to change their perceptions of math. I don't believe there is such thing as a "math brain" and the best way to describe my method is guidance by probing questions. I want the student to discover as much as possible on their own, while I help guide their train of thought. The only thing I ask of my students is they try, effort will make all the difference in their development.
I have spent time Training sales representatives, and coaching various sports. I have worked with students from children to young adults. Currently, I'm enrolled in the Teach North Texas program at UNT which has given me much more formal training in how people learn.
I'm very flexible, I'm a college student just trying to make ends meet. Generally I would say $15-$20 an hour is fair, and I'll even do the first session for free!
I'm not really sure how I got started. Truth be told, I've been teaching in some form or fashion my whole life. 2016 was a turning point for me, because that's when I realized how much I enjoy teaching and went back to school to pursue a career teaching.
I have worked with peers, children, young adults, and older adults. I have taught mostly math but I have a passion for sports and have spent quite a bit of time coaching. I am just as comfortable with children as I am with adults, and I have experience teaching students that historically have a harder time paying attention.
Most of us have been taught math from a procedural standpoint. (i.e. here's the formula, plug in values, solve). While procedural methods can be helpful at times, generally it doesn't provide a conceptual understanding of why the procedure works. (i.e. does anybody remember the quadratic equation?! any idea where it comes from or why it works?). A conceptual understanding is important because it gives a much deeper understanding and helps to cut down on memorization of procedural steps.