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I am currently a student at Iron Range Engineering, an educational program through Minnesota State University Mankato that on top of the technical knowledge also focuses on various aspects of professionalism, including writing, presentation skills, and time management. The program expects the student to work independently and learn the way he/she does best. This means spending time getting to know the exact way you and others around you learn. I am pursuing an Integrated Engineering degree with an emphasis is Biomedical Engineering through this program.
In my past, I have tutored at Ridgewater college in Willmar while working on my basic engineering requisites. I focused on Math, English, and Chemistry. I did this for a spring and summer semester. I found most of my students came to me with Math problems. I had many return students and students that would seek me out intentionally. Over the summer, I spent much of my time being the only available tutor, and though still focusing on the aforementioned subjects, I would put in a genuine effort to help any student that walked in, even if their concern was outside of my subject list. I learned that the reason many of my 'regular' students came back was because, according to them, I was adept at gauging their confusion levels and knew to change my approach when the student wasn't understanding. I had a lot of fun tutoring and enjoyed both the challenge of teaching as well as the satisfaction of watching a student reach the "Eureka!" moment.
I have also worked as sales associates at multiple places, and in the food industry (waitress and line cook). From those jobs, I took away skills in handling problems and in customer interactions. I have a previous degree in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College that I earned in 2005 with a 3.49 Cum GPA. I worked in both the clinical and shelter setting in the Vet Tech field, learning a plethora of professional skills there as well.
In college, I have passed all pre-college and college level algebra with solid A's. I enjoy algebra at all levels and find it fun to help others understand it and hopefully find some joy in it too. At the end of precalculus (college algebra II/trigonometry) at Michigan Technological University (MTU), I received an award for earning the highest grade in the entire course. I also was send a letter formally asking me to consider a math degree from the math department at said university.
I then switched my schools from MTU to Ridgewater college in Willmar due to expense of an out of state university tuition. In my second semester at Ridgewater, I was hired to be a peer tutor in math, chemistry, and English. Most of the students I helped were struggling in math, and many would come to me on a weekly basis or even more often. Although there were multiple math tutors there, I always seemed to be the one with the most students. When the next semester came around and I had too heavy a work load to peer tutor, I had many of my previous students stop me in the hall way and inquire on what my availability would be that semester. They would be rather downtrodden at the news that I wasn't going to be able to dedicate time to work at the tutoring center. I personally took this as one of the biggest compliments and encouragements to how well I do in tutoring, especially on the math level.
Learning and growing every lesson — Every lesson my son is 'getting it' more and more! He actually looks forward to seeing what he gets on his math tests. This is a huge step since he used to avoid checking his math test grades online at all costs. Confidence keeps improving in math concepts!! What will we ever do without Melissa? Update: April 28th lesson Our son had a double lesson with Melissa because the concepts were very dif ...
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