Tutor currently tutor k-12 and adults locally, including Elementary Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus. I'm equipped to to tutor basic/elementary math, k-12, and college math all the way up to Calculus. Additionally, as a masters of finance graduate, I can also help with Finance and numbers-oriented business-related courses.
My favorite part of tutoring is observing the progression of a student. One of the most satisfying and fascinating things for me, is seeing when a...
Tutor currently tutor k-12 and adults locally, including Elementary Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus. I'm equipped to to tutor basic/elementary math, k-12, and college math all the way up to Calculus. Additionally, as a masters of finance graduate, I can also help with Finance and numbers-oriented business-related courses.
My favorite part of tutoring is observing the progression of a student. One of the most satisfying and fascinating things for me, is seeing when a student begins to really understand the simple basics of the subject in a way that makes the material feel less like math and more like common sense. And then watching them learn to apply that to a broad range of problems they can think through on their own. So it's no longer understanding just how to plug numbers into a formula. But understanding why that formula makes sense at a basic level. So when they come to problems that are unfamiliar to them, they are able to just think their way through it.
Learners rarely get there right away. And sometimes for their personal goals and what's required, you don't need that level of understanding. But it's sort of a shoot for the sun and still reach the moon approach. Even if you don't get to that point during our sessions, that's the end goal. And the exercise of trying to get there tends to be valuable in itself. The approach and mechanics you pick up along the way should help do well in your class. At another level, that same approach includes learning how to learn and think through math problems in general. So that in future math or math-oriented courses, you can reflect on the skills you picked prior to work your way through new types of math and problems that are not as familiar to you.
I'm someone who excelled in writing and music in high school, and did as little math as possible then. I went on to get a business undergrad degree, and over the course of a few internships, took an interest in the power and transparency of finance and numbers. That led me to pursue a masters degree in finance. But I wasn't satisfied with the explanations of the formulas we used. So I began to take additional college-level math courses and study on my own.
I'm not a natural-born math phenom. I'm someone who initially had a writing and business background, and gradually came to understand why math is an important skill set (enough to eventually read math books on my own free time). So I tutor individuals according to their goals and what they want to achieve. I don't assume how much or little a students knows, and do not talk to them in hard-to-understand technical terms, but place an emphasis on clarity of instruction (on my part). I know what it means to struggle through the work, then finally get it, and up and down swings in between. And so I am patient with learning where the student is at, where they want to be, their style of learning, and best way of explaining specifically to them to help them reach their individual goals.
I really focus on helping the student understand the material in a way that gives the student foundation and flexibility to solve broader set of problems on their own. So that when something unfamiliar comes around, they have the skills to work things through and figure it out. And I absolutely have a fondness for students who come motivated with a purpose, a reason for why they want to do better when it comes to math. It doesn't matter if it's because you want to skip a grade, pass a class, please your parents, get a job, work your way towards a certificate, or earn your degree. If there's shred a personal motivation there, I will latch on to it. I think that's what got me started as a volunteer tutor in the first place.