The class setting, while clearly the most efficient way to teach multiple students at once, is unfortunately not the most effective way. One method of teaching the material is often used, but as we have learned over the years, every student learns and understands differently.
Tutoring is personal. The tutor is able to identify how a particular student learns and uses it to help the student understand what they are learning. This is especially true in subjects that require the student to...
The class setting, while clearly the most efficient way to teach multiple students at once, is unfortunately not the most effective way. One method of teaching the material is often used, but as we have learned over the years, every student learns and understands differently.
Tutoring is personal. The tutor is able to identify how a particular student learns and uses it to help the student understand what they are learning. This is especially true in subjects that require the student to apply learned skills to solve problems. Over the years I have found that most students jump from one subject to another learning only methods to solve problems particular to that subject and fail to make solid connections between them. This is not their fault. When you only have a certain amount of time to teach or prepare students for exams, the teachers focus is often strictly on the applicable subject matter and not bridging the previous subject to the current one.
My method of tutoring focuses on helping the student learn how to understand the material. This, in my opinion, is where most students struggles are often found. Because they do not understand the basic foundation of a particular subject, how can we hope they will understand any material that is built on top of it? They must be taught how to learn. How to use their own intuitions to formulate connections between subjects because it will be unavailable to them during normal schooling.
My degree is in Software Engineering from Louisiana State University, so my focus is on building critical thinking skills in mathematics. Nothing has made me appreciate the importance of understanding mathematics than having to write programs that rely on it.
I have tutored fellow students, children, and adults on all subjects throughout my life, and I worked for the Mathnasium, which is an after school math help center. My greatest joy is when the student not only improves their grades, but sees math as an enjoyable subject and wants to further study it.
I will never move forward until I am confident the student understands a particular math subject. Even if we have to go back to earlier subjects, I will do whatever it takes to have the student understand the material enough that they can even tutor me.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.