Hi, I'm Ryan! I am currently an upcoming sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign studying electrical engineering. As an aspiring engineer, the focus of my classes is to challenge my intuition and sharpen my problem-solving skills. Too often I am faced with a task that could take multiple tries and different approaches before I finally come to a solution. These are the kinds of problems that take hours— sometimes even days—where I am stuck scratching my head, frustrated at...
Hi, I'm Ryan! I am currently an upcoming sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign studying electrical engineering. As an aspiring engineer, the focus of my classes is to challenge my intuition and sharpen my problem-solving skills. Too often I am faced with a task that could take multiple tries and different approaches before I finally come to a solution. These are the kinds of problems that take hours— sometimes even days—where I am stuck scratching my head, frustrated at how blank my mind is after attending so many lectures.
Most of the time, especially in mathematics, I am unsure of how to effectively go about solving a problem.
However, many times the solution comes from simply trying! Too often people tell themselves they cannot do it or they do not know where to even begin on problems that seem impossible. Well, I am here to tell you that harnessing the right tools for the job along with a positive mindset is the best way to solve some of the hardest problems you will come across! In other words, play around with what you know might be applicable to a certain problem and in due time a glowing lightbulb will ignite inside your head and you will slowly, but surely, follow a path towards the proper outcome.
Throughout the course of my academic career, I made it my goal to not only understand what I was learning in school but to be able to teach it to someone with ease. When I achieved that point in my studies, I walked into every test confident that I could succeed. As a high school student, my focus revolved around helping my peers understand and do well in math, a subject that leaves a lot of people feeling helpless and confused about which steps to take to solve a problem. My passion for math really took off during my last two years of high school when I began teaching math at Mathnasium in Kenilworth. The company specialized in teaching elementary and middle school mathematics. Instructors would teach up to four children at a time, ages ranging from first to seventh grade. We made it our mission to ensure students developed mastery learning, a concept that pushed children to adopt a strong foundation in a topic before moving on to higher level math topics. I also focused on high school math as well, allowing a separate hour for students to come in for homework help that ranged from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB, a class I took at the same time I tutored in it. My favorite math class is Calculus I, to which I held a 98% in the class throughout my senior year. I have experience teaching privately as well, which I did concurrently with Mathnasium.
My approach towards teaching starts with an overview as to why this topic is important and how it will be used later in other related courses. I tend to draw from the textbook a lot, which in my defense is a great resource to use whenever you are unsure about how to tackle a problem. I offer a lot of practice problem for students to work on, then at the end do an overall test to ensure that they have understood the main principles of a lesson. I enjoy helping people achieve their goals, and one way I do this is through teaching. I can help you overcome any obstacle you have in math and I make it my goal for you to walk out of every lesson feeling confident about your math abilities. Teaching is sometime I enjoy a lot, and I hope I can show you how learning, especially math, can be one of the most amusing things you can experience.
Do not hesitate to call me! Call me if you have any questions about the breadth of what I can teach or if you want me to provide a certain lesson plan or tackle a specific area. I am always willing to go the extra mile for a student when it comes to their learning, so long as they are committed to learning as well. I am very easy to reach and will respond very quickly. I am usually available in the afternoon and evenings, but I am free on the weekends at any time.
Credentials:
34 on ACT math
Finished Honors Calculus III, taking differential equations Fall '18
3.59/4.0 GPA