I have a wide range of general knowledge in many subjects, but my strongest specialties are in math (including math exam sections), English grammar/ phonetics, computer science, and history. I have an intermediate background in the Spanish and Russian languages and can help students to a certain degree in these subjects.
For three of my four undergraduate years, I was hired by the math department to help teach and tutor a combination of classes - College Algebra, Elementary Calculus and Applications, Calculus I, and Calculus II. Many times, my section of a given class would have the highest scores of all sections on a given assignment or exam.
In tutoring, I believe in helping the student understand the mechanics behind any certain topic so that they don't have to memorize 'shortcuts' for solving problems - which usually end up confusing students more because they don't understand the reason for the shortcut. I like to explain a concept as thoroughly as possible the first few times, and from that point on, I give less and less assistance - giving the student more and more opportunity to demonstrate, exercise, and grow their own understanding.
These methods have collectively been successful with most students. I've seen students who continually struggled with a topic with other tutors finally understand it after I explain it - many times saying something along the lines of "Why didn't they just say so?" regarding the explanation I give. Honestly, this is not so much because I have a secret explanation that others don't have but because I do my best to try to really understand the way a student thinks and tailor my explanations to them.
These same students - who many of them thought they would never understand whatever topic I was working on with them - would later understand it, and well enough to explain it to other students. I believe in bringing out a student's own potential to learn rather than trying to force them into rote memorization.
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