I have been a math tutor for five years. I also worked as a middle school math teacher in a high needs school for one year. I believe in the UPS - check method of solving problems. That is:
U - Understand the problem - what is being asked
P - Plan how you are going to solve the problem
S - Solve the problem
Check - Check your solution, particularly for reasonableness
I believe in giving the students the background so that they can understand how and why certain solution methods work. This enables the student to apply these concepts to new problems they may encounter, and hopefully to internalize what they have learned to make the new knowledge acquired a part of themselves.
I am very good an explaining difficult concepts in novel ways either through word or visual pictures. I am also good at thoroughly explaining each step in problem solving.
I am very patient, and good at recognizing what is missing, when students do not understand a concept.
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