Math And Science Tutoring
I took a semester off from UW-Madison and worked as a substitute aide to help in classrooms. I got to experience working with students kindergarten through high school (and it was very cool).
I've tutored for a few high school students before. I was often the person classmates went to for help in high school, so I have a fair amount of explanations stored up that were particularly effective in making concepts click for students.
What likely has me standing out from the crowd is my recognition between only explaining how to do a problem and identifying how to actually understand what approach to use. I'm REALLY astute with what to spend our sessions practicing so that I won't be needed anymore. I'll prepare materials between sessions to highlight strategies that make any future problems easier to approach. My hope is you'll be able to learn what to ask yourself, and between the internet and course materials you can start the problem and finish it without getting stuck. It's no secret that getting stuck leads to frustration and wanting to quit, so I'm going to do everything I can to keep that from happening to you.
As for why I like tutoring? I'm not too certain I really know! I guess the best parts of getting to know someone are all there: sharing experience, coming together to do more than we could alone, and having someone who "gets" you. I get to be patient, understanding, and curious—all the qualities I love to demonstrate. Come to think of it, what's not there to like :)
Type of math
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Rapport with students lets communication open up. We can be honest with our personal understandings and may even get a little excited for sessions if we become familiar and comfortable with each other.
I've found learning about students to be uniquely helpful. Of course we'd get to clarifying the strengths and weaknesses (they are excellent for changing our learning approach so the strengths can build the weaknesses), but even questions to start like "What do you do for fun?" help make analogies to the material and set the tone for comfortable interactions. Our interactions being awkward and impersonal is no good; we want to be sure there is trust that we understand each other, so when we educate each other about our approaches we take the suggestions to heart and believe they will help.
Our first session or two we can do some small practice questions so I can see how you solve problems. Our aim is for you to know how to breeze through problem sets all on your own!