I finished undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara with a major in English and a minor in Physics. I have tutored math and physics for students enrolled at UCSB on a drop-in basis for the Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) for 1 1/2 years. During this time, I also tutored students at UCSB with learning disabilities and athletes on a one-on-one basis. I also tutored fellow students privately in math and physics. Additionally, I have tutored high school and middle school students in math. My students have given me positive feedback. I started as a Physics major, but then I changed my major to English. For many of my peers, I have helped proofread their essays (organization, grammar, and clarity).
I focus on helping the student arrive at the answer on their own. I believe that it's best to never tell the student any answers (because then, they will not be able reproduce that same answer on their own come test time). I am patient. I'm a firm believer in the quality of a session being far more important than attempting to get a bunch of sloppy work done in the time frame of the session. Also, I always encourage my pupils to try and work through their problems before they come to me. A tutor is not a teacher. We help guide students who have already tried to work through problems themselves first. This, I believe, is the way to truly allow students to understand the problem and then solve it themselves. I believe that students should try to read and understand their textbooks first before coming to me. Only after that should they come to me for clarification on concepts they don't fully understand. I believe that the first step in succeeding in anything is displaying a willingness to learn.
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