I've been a professor of mathematics here in Gainesville for about 15 years; teaching primarily at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. In that time I've had the pleasure of teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds; from middle school and high school students to men and women in their 50's and 60's coming back to complete a degree. I've taught the full range of classes in mathematics from basic arithmetic and algebra all the way to advanced calculus. And the one thing...
I've been a professor of mathematics here in Gainesville for about 15 years; teaching primarily at Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. In that time I've had the pleasure of teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds; from middle school and high school students to men and women in their 50's and 60's coming back to complete a degree. I've taught the full range of classes in mathematics from basic arithmetic and algebra all the way to advanced calculus. And the one thing I've learned from almost two decades of teaching math is that *everyone* can be taught; *everyone* can learn to do math well!
The best and most effective way to learn is always in a 1-on-1 situation with a teacher. Sometimes it's simply a matter of correcting a student's algebra work or filling in gaps in their knowledge. But more often it comes down to correcting a student's way of thinking and studying; or explaining the concepts and meaning behind the numbers. I take a comprehensive approach---showing students not only how to work a problem but how to think through the problem. I show them how to interpret and translate the vocabulary of math so that they can first understand what the question is asking. I then show them the ultimate goal of the problem; the goal they should be working towards in each step they take along the way. Understanding both the meaning and process allows the student to apply the concepts to different problems. It allows them to adjust and tailor the process to each problem rather than memorizing a step-by-step procedure and trying to blindly repeat it on every problem without thinking. There's a big difference between tutors that can come up with the answer to a problem for you and tutors that can teach you how to work out the problems yourself; how to think through the problems. If you're going to spend the time and money to get help, get the right kind of help. Contact me today and let's get started!