I tutor math, computer science and physics. I have experience tutoring high school and college students. I have also developed educational events (treasure hunts) for elementary school children. I earned my B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. I have 20 years experience as a mathematician, software engineer and executive for the DOD and in the financial industry.
My approach to tutoring is to work with the student to determine exactly where they are having a problem and then explain the concepts in terms that are familiar to the student. By applying abstract concepts to concrete examples in my students lives they are better able to grasp and retain the material. It is my goal to build a strong foundation of understanding for my students that is tied to their interests and can be reinforced through encounters with the concepts in their everyday lives.
Showing students how different concepts can be used outside the classroom not only helps them better understand their world, it also reinforces the concepts learned in the classroom. As students tackle more advanced math and sciences they need to rely on their understanding of these previously learned concepts. One on one tutoring provides the time necessary to tie the concepts to the students real world experience; this type of one-on-one time is difficult to get in a traditional classroom.
Students learn more when they are engaged in their lessons. Using puzzles and games to illustrate relevant points keeps things fun. And tying the lessons to the student interests also keeps them engaged with the material being taught.
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