University of Kansas (Physics)
I have been tutoring professionally for a couple of years, and tutoring family and friends for a decade. Math and science are something that came easy to me, as opposed to the English language (so please excuse any grammatical errors). During the course of my tutoring, I have worked with every age group, from Grade school students, attempting to get ahead in math, to adults, attempting to pass entrance exams for technical degrees. This means that I understand how students from different backgrounds have different needs, and I'm very adept and identifying these factors and utilizing them to make sure that my students have a positive experience.
I worked at Sylvan Learning for 2 years, and in that time, made several connections with the teachers and students of Lawrence, Kansas. One of my more touching moments was having a student come in with their mother in tow, pointing at me saying, "He's the one who helped me understand math!" It's those moments that I strive for, and I love the "Ah ha!" look in a students eyes when they reach a realization on their own, when they start to realize that all those symbols have a meaning, and that it's not a foreign language.
My tutoring style is very straightforward. I asses where the student is having trouble, and I figure out where the missing information is. Sometimes it's a missed lesson that never got filled in, sometimes, it's a change in districts and curriculums, but after having extensively tutored many levels of math (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Pre-Algebra, ACT math, Statistics) I can effectively ascertain where the problem areas are, and what needs to be done to alleviate the problems.
I expect that my students are actively participating in class, and taking notes. If the students aren't doing either of these, it won't matter how much time and money I take, the student won't succeed. This tends to be a big source of problems for many students, and generally tends to start when a student feels overwhelmed in a subject. They withdraw, and the homework assignments start to pile up.
I will, however, never let a student get down on themselves. Everyone has the ability to learn something. I've worked with learning disabled children, and children with genius-level IQs, and the biggest obstacle to understanding math has always seemed to be the same thing: confidence. If you are unsure that you can do something, you won't do it. I will lead you to the answers, and hopefully, lead you to a state of mind that allows you to conquer school in a variety of different subjects, even if I can't directly help with them.
I pledge that I will work passionately, and fairly with any student, regardless of background, and the experience that I have to offer, and my ability to relate to a wide range of ages means that I can guarantee results.
I have been tutoring professionally for a couple of years, and tutoring family and friends for a decade. Math and science are something that came easy to me, as opposed to the English language (so please excuse any grammatical errors). During the course of my tutoring, I have worked with every age group, from Grade school students, attempting to
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I have proctored several ACT prep classes for Sylvan Learning, and I have a good understanding of how the test works, and the types of questions that will be asked during it. I personally scored a 35 on the Math and Science portion of the test.
BS Physics, 7+ years of tutoring