I have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and I love math. I am comfortable with tutoring math up to Pre-Calculus. I haven't done Calculus for a few years, but if I know the answer, I'll help you out. My first tutoring experiences were in helping my little sister get through math classes, getting her unstuck in different types of problems and checking her work. I was able to do that successfully, and she scored As year after year. I don't know if it was the student's fault or the tutor's fault, so I decided to try tutoring other students.
Math is very logical, and it's all about using the same simple concepts or tools to attack problems that look different. Therefore, my approach to tutoring is to help the student understand the underlying concepts, rather than just telling them the answer to a particular problem. The job of a tutor is to develop a series of steps a student needs to take for each kind of problem in math. We all learn differently, based on what information we already know. Our brain is able to 'remember' something if it's able to associate a new piece of information with some other piece of information already remembered. Throughout all my experiences of reading and writing tutorials, I realized that it helps when a teacher explains the concept from different angles. If a student cannot associate with the approach of a math teacher in class, it helps to find help of a tutor who would be able to explain the concept from a different angle, or from several different angles.
It hasn't been that long since I took all these courses myself, so I can associate with struggles involved with doing homework and preparing for tests, and I still remember some of my personal approaches to solving math problems. I always had A's in my math classes, but a lot of the concepts were fuzzy in my head, I just did them mechanically, without really understanding them. After a few years, though, after going through all the college math, learning programming, and a lot of real education after college, all these school courses seem so much clearer now.
I don't mind working with both college students and school students. College students, because I'm still in the college age myself. And kids/teenagers, because I've been working with kids and teenagers for a couple of years in Sunday school and Awana, and I liked it. A lot of people get irritated by them, but to me they seem to brighten up the day. Of course, I realize every person is different, so I guess in the first, 100% refundable hour, we'll be able to determine, if the student and the tutor would work well together.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.
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