I am a mechanical engineering and mathematics student at the University of South Florida and a professional tutor servicing the Tampa Bay area. I graduated from Land O Lakes High School with a Bilingual IB Diploma with the recognition of AP Scholar with Distinction, as well as having earned 52 college credits in High School. Due to my high standardized test scores in high school, I earned a 4 year, $36k scholarship to USF as well as the full Bright Futures scholarship. Besides tutoring, I am going to school and trying to help jump start a small engineering company.
What helped me get into tutoring and helping other students was that growing up, I realized that my feelings towards math and the sciences were vastly different than those of my classmates. A lot of them considered math and science hard, useless, and boring. Chances are that if you are on this page, you or your child has voiced similar feelings. Why is that?
Well, imagine if dentists just told patients "brush and floss your teeth every day!" but never explained why they needed to do it? Would as many people do it? Well, too many teachers tell students that they need to use a certain formula for a certain problem, but not WHY they need to use it for that problem. Students end up learning how to memorize math, not how to actually DO math. Just "plug and chug," as one of my professors would call it. While that methodology may earn a student a good grade here or there, in the long run the student will suffer.
As a student who always earned As in math and was always chosen to the math team, Math Counts, Brain Bowl, etc., I loved math because I understood it: I understood the concepts behind why it worked, not just what formula to use when. Due to my thorough understanding of concepts and what is needed to do them well, I diagnose what a student is weak at mathematically which helps me attack the root of the problem, not just the immediate, visible weakness. Doing this has helped countless students dramatically improve their math skills as well as their scores and grades.
Case in point, for two years at Land O Lakes High School, I spent every lunch tutoring ESOL students in my high school. I could have easily spent my time socializing or doing my own work. instead, I dedicated hundreds of hours to local ESOL students that were struggling with trying to learn high school level information as well as a language entirely new to them. While doing so, not only did I attend to over 10 students at a time as a teacher's assistant, but I had to do it all in Spanish, and in one case French. This was an invaluable experience for me, for it helped me learn how different students learn, and how as a tutor, a "one size fits all" way of teaching students is not ideal.
Another thing that distinguishes myself from many of my more mathematical colleagues is that I'm a people person. I'm not a guy who just likes to slave over his calculator all day and punch numbers. I'm very friendly and have strong interpersonal skills, which is very helpful with younger students who may feel shy or embarrassed around people they don't know. I know how to be professional, but I also know how to connect with younger people who may feel a little shy about needing help.
As briefly mentioned before, I graduated from Land O Lakes High School with an International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma as an an AP Scholar with Distinction, meaning that I received grades of 3 or better on five or more AP exams and had an average higher than 3.5 on all AP exams taken, which shows that my education was well-rounded and that I'm qualified for more than just math tutoring. I also have amassed experience in tutoring students in Spanish.
Regardless of who you hire as your personal tutor, I wish you the best in finding a great tutor that can help you or your child excel at school and help make them truly understand their coursework. That being said, I truly look forward to helping you or your child. I know for sure that there is one tutor that can get the job done, and it's me.
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