I graduated from Protestant Reformed Christian grade school and Heritage Christian High School in IL, both small private schools. I always performed well in math, and especially enjoy algebra. On national exams like the Iowa Basics in grade school and ACT in high school, my math score was in the 90th percentile range.
As far as tutoring your child/student, I plan to be fun, patient, and disciplined. I am lighthearted but get the job done. I anticipate letting the student learn his or her way, and adapt to their learning skills and do what's best for them.
One of my objectives will be to help my student not only get the right answer (of course!), but understand the steps that led to that answer. Just giving the answer away is not my style. This can be challenging at times, but I believe it is important to know how to get the answer, not just what the answer is (and not knowing how you got it). I understand the frustrations that come from learning and how hopelessly far away the answer may seem at times. My goal is to prevent this feeling by working at the student's pace and making them feel comfortable enough to ask me a question at any time. A working relationship is important to me, not just having all the answers, but being able to share them with my students. I look forward to tutoring and know it will be a learning experience just as much for me as it is for them.
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