Dear potential students,
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I included a description of my educational history and a discussion of my tutoring style.
For most of my life math has played a major role. I even started off at college as a math major, finishing all my calculus courses before becoming more interested in other subjects. Not all my studies in math were trouble free. Often I met with some difficulty and had to resolve it on my own. I understand the frustration and fear the mathematics can lead to. I used these experiences to help my fellow students.
Eventually, I moved on to major in anthropology, spending more time reading and researching than solving integral equations. My long-held passions for biology and culture came to be joined as I studied both social anthropology (how we get along) and physical anthropology (how primates behave and from whom we may have descended). My time in the social sciences further honed my writing, research and analytical skills. Of course, when money got tight I made a little spending money by tutoring math to students in the business and engineering programs.
I am a newly licensed attorney in Illinois. Three years of law school have given me a further appreciation for interconnected ideas, and how social movements slowly evolve into new laws. Few non-law students understand the degree to which history and sociology intrude into the study of law.
I like to take a team approach to tutoring. I prefer to work next to the student as they work and to try to diagnose exactly where they are going wrong. When I find the error I try to help the student correct it and then to practice it correctly. At the end of a session I want the new knowledge imbedded into the students mind and almost second nature.
Most students already have a mental framework, which new knowledge can be attached to. I try to find a mental framework that the student is excited about, making the lessons more fun and enjoyable. Connecting lessons to what the student already knows well, prevents the lessons from "floating away" and encourages long term retention. I strongly believe that academic life is easier when you do not have to relearn material.
Much my tutoring experience has been helping students deal with frustration and fear regarding a particular subject. Not every subject is intrinsically intriguing, but no subject is scary. Helping a student overcome their dread goes a long way to helping them overcome their challenge subject. Many times this involves either trying to make the subject interesting or fun.
I wish you the best of luck in your studies,
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