Ripon College (Mathematics)
I am a math only tutor. It is the subject that has always interested me most. I received a 35 on the math portion of the ACT, and a 760 on the SAT math section. I got As in every high school math class I took, and took and passed all but 2 math classes my college offered.
I spent 2 years as a substitute teacher, working with grade levels pre-k through 12 and all subjects at the secondary level. I was assigned three long term (6+ weeks) assignments filling in for secondary math teachers. During my long term assignments I was responsible for teaching, grading, and the overall pace of the class. I made myself available to students who had the motivation to come see me after school, and I was more than happy to give them extra help. Outside of school, when I was reviewing students' work, I was mindful of the mistakes they were making and used these mistakes to differentiate my instruction in the classroom.
My most challenging long term assignment was 8 weeks in an 8th grade classroom, which included 2 blocked periods of the lowest math skills students in the school. Since these classes were 90 minutes long, I had more time to interact with students individually and in small groups after typically spending the first 30-45 minutes teaching the whole class. Since I knew many students were struggling, I made sure to develop a solid report and show them that I was committed to help by keeping a level head and constantly checking in to make sure they were progressing. I expected good note taking, and students knew when I helped them individually, we would be using their notes to guide them to the answers instead of simply give them the answers. This was not the easiest approach for me, but I knew that the chances of them retaining the knowledge was much greater that way. This experience will translate into me being an effective tutor since I experienced the virtue of one-on-one instruction in addition to balancing 20-30 students at once.
My philosophy when I work with students one-on-one is to find a balance between ensuring that they understand the content thoroughly, but also moving through the material at a pace which puts them on track to meet their academic goals. If you choose me as a tutor, I will bring a patient, dedicated, and optimistic approach to every session. I will work outside of the sessions reviewing work that has been done and exploring different ways of attacking areas of difficulty. I am flexible and open-minded, and look forward to learning a few things myself. I am a math only tutor. It is the subject that has always interested me most. I received a 35 on the math portion of the ACT, and a 760 on the SAT math section. I got As in every high school math class I took, and took and passed all but 2 math classes my college offered.
I spent 2 years as a substitute teacher, working with grade
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