I have always had a love for math. In elementary school, I was the kid who used to practice his multiplication tables for fun (and sometimes I still do, though these days I do exponents, instead); by the time I got to middle school, I was already sure that I wanted to be a math teacher.
The high school that I attended provided a rich learning environment, and while I was there my love for math and teaching grew. I quickly became known as a classmate who you could always ask for help if you got stuck on logarithms or converting radians into degrees. My senior year, I took calculus on Monday and Wednesday mornings. I enjoyed it so much that, less than 2 weeks into the semester, I offered to be the teaching assistant in the Tuesday/Thursday calculus class, which was taught by the same teacher. I was learning new material on Monday mornings and then coming back to teach that same material on Tuesday afternoons, and it was some of the most fun I have ever had. Throughout the school year, I would spend most of my lunches in the math room, helping anybody who had questions; stay after school whenever I could; meet with my students during their free time (both inside and outside of regular school hours); and host regular pre-test study sessions that often ran for several hours. It was an experience that I will never forget. John Cotton Dana said: "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." I firmly believe that. It is safe to say that I learned as much from my students that year as they did from me.
Since graduating high school, I have been putting myself through college working as a private tutor. I learn as much in my college classes as I do meeting with each of my students. I am always looking to work with new students and expand my teaching experience.
As a teacher and a tutor, I try my best to see every problem from multiple viewpoints. I learn how each of my students learns, and then I try to approach each problem in a way that makes sense to him or her. There is no "right" way to learn anything in math, and I try to help my students learn in whatever way is best for them, not for everybody else.
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