In 1995, I earned a Master's degree in mathematics from Clemson University, and in 1999, I earned the Ph.D. in mathematics, also from Clemson. During my time at Clemson, I taught a range of math courses, both at Clemson and at nearby community colleges. After earning the Ph.D., I taught at several institutions of higher learning, including the U.S. Military Academy, Southern Illinois University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and The Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, I traveled to South America to earn the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from a school sponsored by the University of Cambridge, then taught English at a school in Cuenca, Ecuador. Then, I relocated to Malaysia to teach secondary-level math and science courses at a school in Kuala Lumpur, as well as mentor math and science teachers there. I recently returned to the United States, and call the Elgin area home.
I have tutored math students since 1993, and have had the pleasure of seeing these students demonstrate marked improvement in their performances. I am patient in explaining concepts to my charges, and work hard to get them to show me that they understand the concepts, and can solve the problems themselves. While adhering to a timetable is important, it's not altogether necessary to make certain that we get through a certain amount of material in a given session. Rather, it's important that the student thoroughly understands each of the concepts we are able to address.
I also have experience in tutoring students in English, primarily in the area of TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Patience in working with the student, and a varied approach that includes plenty of opportunities to speak, write, and read English, are what's important here. You want to push the student to the edges of her or his "comfort zone" without overwhelming her or him, and a great way to do this is to get the student to speak to you, in English, about things that interest her or him.
back to top