I have been tutoring for over 14 years, as my principle occupation for the past 6, and have seen dozens of students respond to individualized explanation. I have tutored from the Kindergarten through college level in subjects ranging from Elementary Math and Reading to Algebra to French. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005 with a 3.95 GPA and Honors Research recognition. The bulk of my courses were in French, History, Psychology, and Classical Studies. However, my tutoring specialties are Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and trigonometry.
I have taken my old struggles in a variety of subjects and used them to not only figure out how a student is thinking about a particular concept, but also to explain the correct thinking process effectively. Helping a student must involve understanding 'not getting it.' When it comes to a skill, I like to start as basic as possible, then move on to more complex examples, and finally teach how to recognize and apply the skill in context. I believe this last step is important and often hurried/glossed-over in textbooks and courses, yet stressed in tests. It needs to be broken down as much as possible. I am dedicated to being individualized and believe that my greatest asset as a tutor is an ability to adapt to different thinking styles and situations, often on the spur of the moment. Each of my tutees have learned to trust that I will come up with a way that he/she can understand the subject material.
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