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Attending UCLA (math for computation)
I have always been interested in the "why" behind math. To me, math is just our way of explaining the universe around us. For example, if you have two apples and I give you two more then you have four apples. You don't need some fancy theorem on addition to tell you that, its just how the world works. I apply this curiosity and way of thinking to my teaching and feel it is a very effective in getting through to students who don't normally succeed in math. Most all of the students I've encountered who say they "suck at math" just haven't had the information presented to them in a way that suites them best.
I am not afraid to admit I am a student with learning disabilities, and that has not held me back from succeeding in what I love. I understand the struggle many kids go through with subjects like math as I've gone through the same with English and so I feel that helps me relate to students on a level not all math tutors can. I will work with students to feel confident, comfortable, and understand math at a deeper level than they thought they could.
I am a math for computation major at UCLA but I have a lot of experience teaching high school level math courses. I have developed my own system for teaching concepts like the unit circle and trig that stems from my own experience and talking to others about how they think about these topics. As far as my teaching experience goes I've been tutoring my peers for the past four years. I have also worked at Mission Bay High School as a volunteer and as a paid tutor for the past two years. There I tutored all levels of high school math up to AP Calculus. I am currently a part of an organization at UCLA that provides SAT tutoring for local teens. I have been a camp counselor at the Burbank YMCA the past three summers as well so I have plenty of experience working with kids. I firmly believe I have the tools and experience to be the most effective tutor possible.
I have always been interested in the "why" behind math. To me, math is just our way of explaining the universe around us. For example, if you have two apples and I give you two more then you have four apples. You don't need some fancy theorem on addition to tell you that, its just how the world
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