University of California Irvine (Psychology)
I used to be a troublemaker when I was younger. I was not interested in school at all. I did not do well in high school. One of the greatest things that held back my potential was the company I kept. I needed to surround myself with highly motivated individuals in order to stay focused on my goals in life and to push myself farther. Going to tutors and fellow A students for help was an invaluable tool. Within the last few years I've gained a deep intrinsic interest in math. Math is the language of the universe, it is objective, and helps us prove what is actually real. Tutoring lets me help others which feels great and also puts more responsibility on me to be the best student that I can be.
I just finished taking the first part of college level calculus last semester at Santa Monica College.(Currently taking part 2 at UC Irvine) While I was taking calculus I was also employed by the college as an SI Leader for precalculus. SI stands for supplemental instruction. I had gotten the highest grade in my precalculus class the previous semester and my professor suggested I be part of the program. I worked with a math professor throughout the semester and went to his class every day. I would hold 2- 1 hour sessions every week that tackled the toughest material in the course to help students get an A. I created lesson plans every other day and created worksheets that I would distribute during the sessions. I was instructed to change my activities during the session every week. SI did not allow me to directly tutor people but to push them in the right direction and have the students come to the conclusions themselves. This facilitates learning at a much deeper level than just going to a tutor. During finals I was instructed to create a cumulative college level precalculus exam from scratch and had to create a detailed answer key. I also held a 4 hour lecture based on my practice exam and went through the entire course material in that time. That final review was exactly like tutoring.
The only way you can tackle higher level math successfully is to gain an interest in it. I would love nothing more than to motivate fellow people to feel the way I do about math. There are no stupid questions. I have asked the most basic of questions in my calculus class that I felt so stupid about asking because I didn't understand a basic concept. Yet, because I voiced my concerns and pushed my ego aside, I earned a much higher grade than most of my peers. I am here for you! I used to be a troublemaker when I was younger. I was not interested in school at all. I did not do well in high school. One of the greatest things that held back my potential was the company I kept. I needed to surround myself with highly motivated individuals in order to stay focused on my goals in life and to push myself farther. Going to
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