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Brian D.

Saint Paul, MN

$50/hr

Fundacational Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/7/14
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Fundacational Math Tutor

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One of my students described my teaching style as "fundacational," and that was one of the best compliments I've ever received, because it confirmed what I've always tried to do: Make learning as creative, fun, and practical as possible. Another student I tutored one day looked at me in bewilderment and said,"You're fun."

For both of these students (and the thousands I've had over the years), we could have fun because teaching for me is not transactional but transformational. When students learn, it's not because I simply convey information to students to absorb as sponges, but more of a Socratic method, where I help the student to take responsibility for his/her learning and figure out what best helps him or her learn. My goal is to help kids "own" their learning, because if it's a part of you, how can you not more easily recall how to solve that problem on the test?

I've also been teaching kids how to drive for seven years now, and while it may be more dangerous, it's virtually the same thing I've been doing as a tutor: work the problem, diagnose the problem, and either solve the problem or continue to work the problem. I know that driving and math also have at least one thing in common: they can both be scary. I believe my success as a teacher is not only driven by a transformational philosophy of teaching but a sensitivity towards each student. I am easy-going, able to laugh at myself, and in this safe environment, you'll LEARN that it's o.k. to make mistakes. We'll just keep practicing until we get it right. You'll find me very patient with your son or daughter; all I ask is that he/she tries. Homer Simpson once said,"Trying is the first step towards failure." Well, of course, he had it wrong: it's the not trying.

As far as the hard skills of tutoring math, for the past eight years I've scored thousands of math proficiency tests (mainly algebra, geometry, and some trig) required for graduation from several states at Questar Assessment in Apple Valley. I've seen so many different ways to solve the same problem, and that creativity never ceases to amaze me. I also field-test potential common items at Questar, evaluating whether the problem achieves its goal or has negative unintended results.

I consider myself to be a life-long learner (my students teach me so much!). I have a BA in Political Science (minor Psychology, emphasis Family and Child Development), and an MA in Philosophy of Religion. I am indebted to my education for giving me so much perspective on life (traveling hasn't hurt either). Being well-rounded helps me identify and relate to many diverse students. I hope one day to be a chaplain, to help people find hope.

Testimonials

"Patient with Students!"

- Kristy, Saint Paul, MN on 6/5/14
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Bethel University
Political Science
Bethel Seminary
Master's

Education

Bethel University (Political Science)

Bethel Seminary (Master's)

Patient with Students! — At the beginning of the year my daughter was having a hard time with math. Brian took the time to listen to all of my daughter's questions and in answering them in a way that she understood. Her grade was not good, once we hired Brian her grades improved. She went from staying up until 12 or 1 am to going to bed at 10pm. She was always the last one to finish a test, she no longer is. When she bega ...

— Kristy, Saint Paul, MN on 6/5/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Brian will travel within 25 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55118.


About Brian

One of my students described my teaching style as "fundacational," and that was one of the best compliments I've ever received, because it confirmed what I've always tried to do: Make learning as creative, fun, and practical as possible. Another student I tutored one day looked at me in bewilderment and said,"You're fun."

For both of these students (and the thousands I've had over the years), we could have fun because teaching for me is not transactional but transformational. When students learn, it's not because I simply convey information to students to absorb as sponges, but more of a Socratic method, where I help the student to take responsibility for his/her learning and figure out what best helps him or her learn. My goal is to help kids "own" their learning, because if it's a part of you, how can you not more easily recall how to solve that problem on the test?

I've also been teaching kids how to drive for seven years now, and while it may be more dangerous, it's virtually the same thing I've been doing as a tutor: work the problem, diagnose the problem, and either solve the problem or continue to work the problem. I know that driving and math also have at least one thing in common: they can both be scary. I believe my success as a teacher is not only driven by a transformational philosophy of teaching but a sensitivity towards each student. I am easy-going, able to laugh at myself, and in this safe environment, you'll LEARN that it's o.k. to make mistakes. We'll just keep practicing until we get it right. You'll find me very patient with your son or daughter; all I ask is that he/she tries. Homer Simpson once said,"Trying is the first step towards failure." Well, of course, he had it wrong: it's the not trying.

As far as the hard skills of tutoring math, for the past eight years I've scored thousands of math proficiency tests (mainly algebra, geometry, and some trig) required for graduation from several states at Questar Assessment in Apple Valley. I've seen so many different ways to solve the same problem, and that creativity never ceases to amaze me. I also field-test potential common items at Questar, evaluating whether the problem achieves its goal or has negative unintended results.

I consider myself to be a life-long learner (my students teach me so much!). I have a BA in Political Science (minor Psychology, emphasis Family and Child Development), and an MA in Philosophy of Religion. I am indebted to my education for giving me so much perspective on life (traveling hasn't hurt either). Being well-rounded helps me identify and relate to many diverse students. I hope one day to be a chaplain, to help people find hope.

Testimonials

"Patient with Students!"

- Kristy, Saint Paul, MN on 6/5/14
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Education

Bethel University
Political Science
Bethel Seminary
Master's

Education

Bethel University (Political Science)

Bethel Seminary (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55118

Brian’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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