Math can be fun! And I work at keeping it that way. Patiently balancing the objectives of deadlines and the student's absorption rate, requires me to sometimes throttle the pace of the lessons. I'll be sensitive to where your student is at, and where he must be.
My style for tutoring below the college level is to sustain the momentum created by the textbook owned by the student. On my own, I will usually obtain my own copy of the student's textbook. Sometimes parents already have a "teacher's version" of the text, which I may use to provide further guidance. I am flexible enough to adapt and time my style, so that there is continuity between tutoring sessions and the text. When I am not there, we do not want the student puzzled by a difference in tone between tutoring notes, and the text he is studying on his own. I will invoke my own insights only to enhance the student's grasp of the material, or (in rare cases) to make up for deficiencies in the text.
College level courses, by their nature, call for a multi-facted approach to the material. While I still will use the official course text as the center of gravity, a primary objective is to induce the student to see the material from a variety of perspectives. This is what leads to mastery.
I've enjoyed free-lance tutoring of High School students in Math, Algebra, Trig and Geometry. Few things are more precious than that "aha" moment on a kid's face. One girl I tutored hated math, but got a high enough score on the ACT to bypass Math classes in college - much to her relief.
I have been a successful Electronics Engineer for 37 years, specializing in Power Management, Industrial, Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Microchip Design. The assignments I have fulfilled demanded mastery of mathematical modelling, statistics, semiconductor physics and computer simulation/modeling. I'm thus able to teach Integral and Differential Calculus, Physics and Electrical Engineering to the College level. At the professional level, I've taught Microchip Design and Electronics Engineering, serving at two schools in the Chicago area.
Please allow me to serve a member of your family. I look forward to meeting your objectives, and instilling confidence in your budding student.
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