I'm a recent Accounting Graduate from American University filling up time until I go to law school this fall. I've tutored and taught College Algebra at Prince George's Community College and have tutored Calculus at American University, but I'm choosing to keep it simple with Algebra and below for the time being.
Algebra is most often taught in a way that uses mathematical jargon to explain concepts. In reality, it is more efficient to learn how to apply the concepts before knowing exactly what the names of them may be. It is similar to learning how to drive the car before actually knowing the intricate parts of it.
For each lesson, I typically ask what the most recent class might have covered, I re-introduce the same concepts to determine where the difficulties might be, and then I focus on the problem areas. I also might offer some alternative methods to complete the problems if I find that the instructed method is difficult for the student to master.
I like to emphasize that as a tutor, I am a supplement, not a replacement, to proper instruction; I discourage students from not attending or not paying attention in class, despite any misgivings held toward the professor's/teacher's methods or style.
I have my own materials for supplemental instruction if I find that further practice is necessary, but I gravitate towards using the student's own resources.
Feel free to email me, I look forward to hearing from you!
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