I am in many ways, a stereotypical liberal arts graduate - I have a lifelong love of learning and explaining, and have always been interested in practically every subject. When I was in college, I was active as a tutor in six different departments, and I loved the feeling of changing gears between the subjects and relating them to each other. But while I am a generalist - I feel as comfortable with Russian literature and music as I do with mathematics and military history - I know that for...
I am in many ways, a stereotypical liberal arts graduate - I have a lifelong love of learning and explaining, and have always been interested in practically every subject. When I was in college, I was active as a tutor in six different departments, and I loved the feeling of changing gears between the subjects and relating them to each other. But while I am a generalist - I feel as comfortable with Russian literature and music as I do with mathematics and military history - I know that for many students, certain fields are much, much more stressful. Often, these subjects are mathematics, essay writing, and standardized tests. My goal as a teacher - and as a tutor - is to give the student the knowledge, skills, and confidence he or she needs to excel.
My two years spent as a middle school and high school teacher were some of the most rewarding work I've ever done. I particularly enjoyed teaching small classes - one of my Algebra II classes had only three students, for instance - and giving each student the individual attention that he or she might miss in a class of twenty-five. Tutoring, of course, takes this individual focus to another level - the student and I can tailor the work we do to accentuate his or her strengths and shore up the individual weakness. The claim of "I'm not a math person" has never flown with me - anyone can understand the math, provided that they work to do so and that they find the right explanation. I pride myself particularly on my ability to approach a problem from multiple angles - if one technique doesn't work, another can be applied.
I have tutored calculus at the college level and below since 2007, and have two years' experience teaching mathematics at the high school and middle school level. I get a real "kick" out of watching a student's grades and test results improve, but what I stress with my tutees is comfort and comprehension - first, I work to build a genuine, as-stress-free-as-possible, understanding of the material, and then to translate that understanding into excellent scores on exams.
While my default tutoring location is "any Starbucks," I'm more than willing to work at a student's house if that's more convenient. I look forward to hearing from you, and to providing the helping hand you need to succeed in all subjects!