I have extensive experience in both teaching and tutoring college level subjects. During my time at Wake Forest University, I tutored approximately 25 students in subjects ranging from Calculus I up to Linear Algebra. Since I have been at Rutgers University, I have been a teaching assistant for Calculus I and II and have had the opportunity to be a lecturer for Calculus I, II, and Linear Algebra.
I have had many successful students during this time so long as they are willing to be flexible and think a bit abstractly. My approach tends to be to break down abstract ideas into bite-sized chunks and have a student reconstruct that information to create a coherent thought.
Proceeding through course material in this way allows a student to understand the context and motivation behind key concepts and through this form of understanding, solving problems becomes a matter of specializing the broader idea (which is far easier than learning how to perform calculations by rote). Hence less memorization is required and it becomes a matter of connecting the many ideas one has learned from middle school onward.
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