I am a current student at The City College of New York, working towards my M.A. in pure mathematics. I am planning on moving elsewhere in the country to obtain a PhD after finishing my current program. My educational interests lie mainly in the areas of commutative algebra and algebraic number theory. I also unofficially study cryptanalysis and computer programming, as well as a broad range of other applied mathematical topics.
I have tutored students throughout my college career on both a one to one basis as well as in group settings. I was personally selected by the Department of Mathematics at Loyola University of Maryland to tutor in group settings as an extension of the Department's math tutoring program. As a result, I was recommended by professors to their friends and family as a personal tutor outside of the university network. I was personally selected for peer to peer tutoring by the university's tutor program as well, going through a two day training session to prepare for my duties.
In tutoring, I find it better to build a method which works best for the particular tutee through experimentation with different approaches to the material. I am a firm believer that no one method or technique can be applied to every person, and as such, find it more effective to begin any continuing series of tutoring sessions by asking questions to determine the central issues in a tutee's learning process in regards to the particular subject. Furthermore, I feel that this method allows the tutor and tutee to develop a less rigid relationship. In my experience, this highly personalized approach has yielded excellent results. In some instances, I will introduce small portions of relevant higher level material to the tutee throughout sessions. This is a particularly powerful method in the subject of mathematics, as it is often easy to "get lost" in the coursework and not fully comprehend the direction that the class is headed in.
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