My passion is applied mathematics. I hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics and am working part-time to finish my master's in scientific computing. I have high academic standards and have been a member of honor societies (Golden Key and NSCS) as well as the American Mathematical Society. I received a perfect score in the Quantitative Section on the GRE.
I do not have any professional credentials as a tutor; however, I do have some casual tutoring experience gained over the years by helping fellow students with studying for math tests and finals. In high school, I was known to be busy for weeks before final exams, sitting with students during any free time, helping them understand concepts and master the necessary problem solving skills to do well on the exam. In university, students came to me many times for help with assignments, and I immensely enjoy the opportunity to help.
I am very clear in communicating fundamental concepts so that they can be understood thoroughly by the student. I start from scratch, getting the student to identify the problem that inspires the necessity of the concept under review to begin with. (e.g. Why do we need negative or irrational numbers at all? What is the necessity for imaginary numbers? What is the practical idea behind functions?) Once the student understands the motivation for the concepts, s/he tends to find it much easier to grasp and to navigate the problem solving. I like to set goals for students that are having trouble progressing, give them challenges to overcome and problems to solve. They are always able to overcome the challenges, even if they need a little help to progress forward.
I am very easy-going; I like to meet at locations that are convenient for students. I prefer to tutor at local libraries or - when the libraries are closed - at nearby coffee shops. I tell my students to call or email me whenever they are having trouble in their studies, so I can help them out even outside of the tutoring environment.
Now that I'm not in full-time school anymore, I would still like to continue helping students realize their potential in problem solving and mathematical thinking. That's why I am beginning to look for students who need help with their studies. I'd love to hear from you if you need a tutor for your math studies at any level. I'd love to help!
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