Hello! My name is Karina and I have a BS and an MA in Physics and a BA in Math. I am also a native Spanish speaker from Argentina.
I consider myself to be a very holistic tutor. My tutoring is about teaching my students to think and reason through the concepts they are struggling with. My ultimate goal is for them not to need my help anymore. I think any other type of tutoring is not really helpful, but rather detrimental in the long run, because it creates a dependency on outside help. My objective is to create self-sufficient students who learn to think critically and to reason their way through problems.
Of course, in order to do that, it's important to first address what exactly the source of the problems is. My many years of experience as a tutor have given me the tools to glean a lot of information from what my students say, and also from what they don't say! I also pride myself in being very creative in my explanations, so that instead of repeating something that I can see is just not clicking, I will come up with a new way to explain it, until I find the explanation that works for each student. In a way, each student is a puzzle to be solved: how they think about the concepts, what the best way to teach them is, how I can motivate them. And I love puzzles!
I am also a strong believer in teaching study skills. I think learning math (or science, or a language, or anything) is as much about math as it is about learning. I have found, again and again, that many students simply don't know how to learn. They might understand the concepts well enough, but they are still struggling in school. This is often the result of a lack of guidance in the way to approach the process of learning and studying. I always like to spend at least some time going over these things with almost every new student.
Overall, my teaching style is a combination of ideas I acquired throughout my own learning experience, as well as over the more than 15 years that I have been tutoring for. I have worked with students of all ages, from 6 years old to adults going back to school or wanting to learn a new language. I have worked with very motivated students who want that A+ as well as with struggling students who are ecstatic when they finally get to that C. I have worked with students individually and taught classes of a few up to 30 students (I work as a college instructor as well as a tutor). I have worked with students who need help for specific classes as well as with those that want me to develop a curriculum and course of study. My experience has as much breadth as depth, and I'm sure I can help you become a better student, just as I have helped so many others.
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