I am a fun-loving, pragmatic, task master. I believe in making math fun through the use of computational tricks and short cuts that are often no longer taught in schools. I recognize that some students are handicapped when their learning style does not match the style of their teacher; so I adapt. I believe that understanding the "why" and "when" is perhaps more important than the "how".
I have graduate degrees in Systems Management, Business Administration, and Industrial Engineering. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Supply Chain Analyst. I have received two Outstanding Instructor awards for throwing away the standard material and substituting better examples presented in a logical manner.
I insert some "tidbit" of non-academic material into every tutoring session. For elementary students, I often teach them finger multiplication. For middle school students, I often show them how to multiply without using the multiplication tables. For older students, I have a "tool bag" of interesting brain teasers and exercises that are no longer taught in school.
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