Hi, my name is Ibrahim, and I'm a graduate student at The Teachers College at Columbia University. I believe that learning with tutors is the best way to learn if the tutor is capable of being highly responsive to what the student needs. Over the years, working both as a paid and volunteer tutor in a variety of settings, I have learned how to recognize what a particular student's particular barrier is to learning the material and performing better in school. Often it is an issue of confidence or ineffective communication on the part of the teacher or textbook, not a problem with the student's ability to learn. I have become very good at identifying and helping the student overcome these issues.
My masters program is in the Teaching of English, but I am interested in and have experience with mathematics, physics, social studies, and other areas as well. I don't promise to have all the math and physics formulas memorized, but I am very resourceful, and, more importantly, I'm good at helping the student be efficient with looking up and potentially memorizing what they need to work with.
I am also excellent in helping students prepare for exams. I make sure students are not wasting their time with nervousness or any other barriers to productivity by helping them build confidence in their level of preparedness. Notions of "I should have..." or "why didn't I..." are discouraged, and instead I encourage students to focus on maximizing their scores with the knowledge that they have. And if they prepared with me, then their knowledge should be good :).
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