I just recently graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this June (2010) with a Bachelors of Science in Physics. While I was there, I also took various Calculus courses and courses in other areas of math that built on what I learned in high school. I'm a definite believer in the value of knowing the ways the world works, and the value of a good education. That said, I’ve been through the education system, and have seen its flaws, and places where it could work better. I personally am able to grasp concepts much easier when I know why I am being taught something, and how it would be useful to me. Having a comfortable atmosphere while helping kids out is also very important to me, and making sure that kids feel that they can ask any question without worrying about looking stupid is paramount. I like to use drawings, analogies, anything that can make it easier for the student to understand what I’m trying to convey.
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