My name is Matthew S. and I enjoy teaching others math and science through basic problem solving techniques. I am a full time working mid level Mechanical Engineer. I hold a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Science from the University of Denver in Mechatronics/Systems Engineering. I have taken over 30 credit hours in undergraduate and over 12 credit hours in graduate level math courses. I have taken 12 credit hours of undergraduate physics courses and 12 credit hours of graduate level physics courses.
I have been teaching Introductory Algebra at Red Rocks Community College starting since Spring 2013. (MAT-090)
I am currently teaching Pre-Algebra at Red Rocks Community College. (Fall 2013, MAT-045)
I use higher level mathematics such as calculus, statistics and linear algebra daily in my work. During my undergraduate degree program at CU, I was a teaching assistant for engineering projects, engineering manufacturing, and sustainable engineering projects courses during my final 2 years of my degree program. I have tutored high school calculus, algebra, and geometry for numerous students over the past 7 years.
In terms of tutoring I like to work with the student on the area that they are struggling with the most. I take more of a simple math basics approach, building upon theories and proofs to show the students how math can make sense. Starting with the problem area for the student, and then walking backwards to a point in the mathematics that makes sense to student, then pushing forward to ensure the student understands the underlying presumptions that make up the math theories and properties. Once the student comprehends the theories, we work together on examples with the student verbalizing or talking me through how to logically best solve the problems. I help provide corrections where necessary while never revealing the answer until the student fully explores the possible solutions and understands the steps to getter the correct solution. I tend to walk through numerous examples with the student in the area they would like to focus on, as I feel this is one of the best ways to learn, the more math you work through the better you will learn it and understand how it can be useful.
I live with my wife and 5 chihuahuas near DU and I am willing to travel around the Denver Metro Area to help students.
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