My name is Ben, and I'm a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas studying physics. I've been a math and science tutor for a few years, and I actually started teaching at Best Buy as a guitar instructor about six years ago (I know it sounds weird, but Best Buy opened up about a hundred musical instrument departments in various stores across the country, and I was hired on as a guitar instructor for the Dallas location). I taught there for just over four years and during that time realized how much I enjoy the process of teaching. After furthering my academic career at UTD I decided to try tutoring math and science students at my school, and absolutely loved it. Currently, I work for UTD as an integral calculus (Cal. 2) tutor while also doing private lessons on the side. During my hours at the university (not including private lessons), I generally work with two separate groups of about eight students each, reinforcing the material from their lectures, working through various problems that relate to the material they've covered in class, and clearing up any uncertainties about what they've learned from their professors.
As a tutor I am extremely patient, understanding, and relaxed (you won't feel like you're in class). Through my years of experience I've learned how to work with students of almost any background and learning style. This flexibility has become very important to my method of teaching, as everyone learns a bit differently. I am very enthusiastic about math and science and will make the learning experience fun and exciting no matter what subject material we are focusing on. For some subjects this may seem impossible, but I promise that even the most seemingly dull topics can become really enjoyable if you have the right teacher.
I generally teach, and have more experience with, college and high school students, but am not at all opposed to teaching younger children. I've learned to work with people of all ages and have had students ranging from 7-50 years of age. This range of students is what has allowed me to acquire and hone my flexibility as a tutor. I've learned how to adapt very well to many styles of learning and have, in most cases, brought my students grades up from C's or lower to the A and B range. Generally, this is not very difficult to accomplish; I just have to find a way to relate the material to my students by understanding what their weaknesses and learning styles are.
I usually teach in the McDermott library at UTD or the business center at my apartment complex which is right down the street from the university. If you'd prefer to meet me somewhere else, just let me know and we can arrange to have a lesson at that location.
Good luck with your studies. I hope to hear from you.
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