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Brandeis University (Computer Science)
My mathematics tutoring experience includes work with a range of students from diverse backgrounds and ages, in both continuous and discrete math subjects.
I have experience tutoring 3rd-8th graders in core math and biological science concepts as part of after school homework help programs. This experience has given me a strong sense of how to go about reinforcing standard math subjects taught at the elementary and middle school levels, ranging from basic arithmetic up through algebra 2.
In addition to this work, during my undergraduate career, I served as a teaching assistant for a an introductory computer science course, called Data Structures and Algorithms. During that time, I helped students become acclimated with some of the more difficult and uncommon concepts found in discrete mathematics, which were fundamental to the required work of that course. As a teaching assistant, I helped prepare students for exams and assisted with weekly problem sets. Through that work, I managed to help students acclimate themselves with the inherently challenging concepts of discrete mathematics, including combinatorics, probability, and basic set theory.
When tutoring students, I very much like to ask questions to get students to think about and appreciate material that may feel initially overwhelming or simply not useful. I also encourage students to explain to me concepts that we've covered, once they feel a bit more comfortable with the material. This helps both with assessment of a student's progress, but also provides a means of addressing questions or sources of confusions that simply may not have come up during my own explanations of new and difficult concepts. I also prefer to work collaboratively with students, which has helped encouraged a stronger sense of ownership and, hopefully, more pride in the students' work.
As a tutor, I look to encourage a collaborative (as opposed to authoritarian) environment with my students and to make potentially frustrating or dry concepts feel more useful and worthwhile. I enjoy having the opportunity to help a student transition from overwhelmed to comfortable or, better yet, from uninterested to excited. I look forward to being able to help students with their work and be an ally in learning. My mathematics tutoring experience includes work with a range of students from diverse backgrounds and ages, in both continuous and discrete math subjects.
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I helped a number of middle school students with their work in Algebra 1. I also worked with those students on techniques to approach math more generally, tips I've used myself, in addition to those I've seen work for others and have worked to incorporate into my tutoring in whichever math subtopic that I'm tutoring.
I've taken college-level linguistics courses, both in general and within the field of natural language processing. I have solid understanding of subtopics within linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, syntax, and morphology. Later, during two computational linguistics course, I also wrote programs in the Python programming language to analyze the syntactic structure of text, as well as programs that intelligently tagged words in sentences with their part of speech, using both stochastic and rule-based methods.
I've worked with students in Chicago, Boston and Ann Arbor, MI as part of various after school homework help programs. I have had the good fortune of working with students at many grade levels and have seen tangible improvements in students' level of confidence and overall comfort with prealgebra and other subtopics within mathematics.