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Ibrahim A.

Indianapolis, IN

$50/hour

A decade's worth of experience in making Math and Science click!

Background check passed as of 10/12/16
5.0 average from 281 ratings
Patient and very knowledgeable
— Max, Indianapolis, IN on 10/23/15

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Computer Science

Education

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Computer Science)

About Ibrahim

||Introduction||

Hello! I'm Ibrahim (you can just call me 'Al'), a Math & Science tutor. I'm a student at IUPUI, majoring in Computer Science. I've already completed the coursework necessary for minors in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. I'm a well rounded student with a focus on Science and an interest in technology, health, education, and psychology. I plan on developing games and educational software after graduation.

I'm a highly talented tutor who has been in the tutoring business as a private tutor, a volunteer, and an employee. I work well with children and adolescents, and I have had some experience working with adult learners. I'm a highly influential, enthusiastic tutor who always tries to go above and beyond while encouraging others to do the same. Tutoring is what I love to do, and I can't imagine that I'd ever stop doing it at any point in my life!

Feel free to look through the information I've provided below. I have structured it in a way that helps you quickly find what you need to know. If you like what I have to offer, send me a message. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


||Mission||

My mission as a tutor is to put myself out of business. I work hard to make sure that the benefits of my tutoring carry on long after the tutoring session. I will often leave students with notes or tasks that I want them to focus on while I'm gone; I want them to become more independent. I believe that no student should have to depend on a tutor forever.


||Tutoring Style||

My tutoring philosophy is based on a belief in human potential. If the right conditions are met, I believe anyone can learn any subject. I reinforce this philosophy by quickly recognizing a student's strengths and doing my best to play to those strengths. With more than a decade of tutoring experience, I've become quite adept at identifying the tutoring strategies that will work for each individual. Motivation is key.

I teach students to take control of their studies and understand their own learning processes. I have a contagious "Always exceed expectations!" attitude that brings out the best in people. As an efficiency nerd who tries to make use of whatever resources are within reach, I demonstrate to students that drive is the only thing they're missing from the success equation. I'm very patient, with a firm but relaxed approach to working with students. Students love me because I'm genuine; they can be excellent judges of character when you give them the chance!


||Tutoring Strategies||

When tutoring, I like to use whatever resources are available. I don't believe in repeatedly using strategies that don't work. I carry a white board (about 15x21") and markers with me to most tutoring sessions because it has proven to be especially effective in keeping students engaged. For some subjects, it is an absolute necessity for getting results. I usually use at least 3 colors of dry erase markers, and I firmly believe that "color equals emphasis" when trying to keep a student's attention. I also like to make use of smartphone apps and the internet to help students become more independent. I will typically use these tools as a way to keep students moving forward during the time between tutoring sessions.

When it comes to simply explaining a lesson from the textbook, I am known to use analogies to improve understanding. I also like to help students develop mnemonics to help them remember important information. If I feel the need to do so (especially with younger students), I may decide to use counting chips, flash cards, and other classic teaching tools. I also have a wide range of textbooks that cover most of the subjects I offer, and I use them for lesson preparation or as sources for practice problems.


||Subjects||

I specialize in Math and Science. In Math, I cover everything from basic high school Algebra to college-level Calculus. As far as Science is concerned, my focus is mostly on Chemistry and Physics. For more details, check my subject qualifications.


||Policies||

Late Cancellations: I don't believe that it's fair to assess a late cancellation fee, but I do require a cancellation notice to be sent 24 hours in advance. Failure to comply will not result in a fee, but I will consider discontinuing my services to the client if this becomes an issue.


Communication: Tutors expect honesty and courtesy in communications with clients. Failure to communicate with honesty and courtesy may cause me to consider discontinuing services. Honesty in communication means not being afraid to tell me what you really need. I'm sure that people mean well when they avoid discussing sensitive topics with me, but this only compromises our relationship in the long run.

Courtesy in communication means responding to messages in an appropriate time frame (typically no more than a day), even if it's just to let me know that you don't have an answer yet, as that let's me know that you've at least received my message. Courtesy also means reading messages completely without skimming through them. I can tell when clients haven't been reading my messages carefully, and it makes me very upset because I spend a lot of time writing them.
||Introduction||

Hello! I'm Ibrahim (you can just call me 'Al'), a Math & Science tutor. I'm a student at IUPUI, majoring in Computer Science. I've already completed the coursework necessary for minors in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. I'm a well rounded student with a focus on Science and an interest in technology, health,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My group rates are: $50/hr for 2 students, $60/hr for 3-6 students, $10/hr per student for 7-15 students

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46206
Background Check: Passed

"Patient and very knowledgeable"

- Max, Indianapolis, IN on 10/23/15

"2nd lesson and it's going very well"

- Tina, Carmel, IN on 11/17/16

"Awesome AP Chemistry tutor"

- Eva, Indio, CA on 11/16/16

"A+ Tutor"

- Jessica, Oxford, OH on 11/3/16

"Really Patient and Knowledgeable! Highly recommend!"

- Van, Troy, NY on 10/18/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Angela, Brownsburg, IN on 10/15/16

"Awesome Teacher"

- Mobarak, Indianapolis, IN on 7/28/16

"Getting into the specifics!"

- Catina, Indianapolis, IN on 7/7/16

"Extremely patient"

- Louise, Culver City, CA on 6/14/16

"Great with teens, Results Oriented"

- Beth, Zionsville, IN on 5/8/16

"Math tutor"

- Stan, Indianapolis, IN on 3/24/16

"Well Received"

- Dee, Indianapolis, IN on 3/14/16

"first lesson went very well"

- Susan, Indianapolis, IN on 2/19/16

"Mr lbrahim listens to you and knows your needs."

- Dagmar, Greenwood, IN on 2/10/16

"Outstanding Calculus Tutor"

- ANDREW, Indianapolis, IN on 9/28/15

"Patient and extremely diligent tutor."

- Avinash, Indianapolis, IN on 1/11/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Lynn, Indianapolis, IN on 11/13/14

"Great tutor that gets results. Highly recommended!"

- Nancy, Indianapolis, IN on 10/19/14
Science:
Chemistry,
Physics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Calculus

Calculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach! Because of the wide range of its applications to science and other fields, it adds to the intrigue of nature and design. It opens a whole new world of possibilities for learners, and I love making sure that students develop a thorough understanding of it. It is probably the most crucial math subject for anyone who plans to major in one of the sciences.

I typically don't teach beyond the level of Calculus 2 (also known as Calculus BC for high school students), but I may eventually change that if I manage to get in some more practice.

Chemistry

Chemistry is by far my strongest science subject. I have a very intuitive understanding of it and I like to help students develop a similar intuition by pointing out patterns and using analogies. In high school, I got a 5 (maximum score) on the AP Chemistry exam. I teach all levels of high school and middle school chemistry and early college chemistry. I don't teach college-level organic chemistry beyond the introductory concepts, but that may change if I find the time to review.

Geometry

Geometry used to be one of my most dreaded subjects when I was in high school. Now it's one of my most popular tutoring subjects! I make sure to use a lot of colors in my drawings to take the confusion out of geometry, and I help students develop strategies to decide how a problem should be approached.

Physics

I teach all levels of high school Physics, including AP Physics. I scored a maximum score of 5 on my AP Physics exam, and I still have the exam prep materials to help other students in that course. I also teach first year college level Physics. While it may not be my strongest science subject, my pursuit of a Physics minor in college is proof enough that I'm qualified for the job.

Precalculus

I like to think of precalculus as "intensive algebra with some geometry and trigonometry sprinkled here and there." I've worked with plenty of students in this subject before, and I'm always prepared to teach it again. Expect me to show you some helpful tricks that teachers don't always mention.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is inescapable for students who want to go above and beyond in the sciences, particularly physics. It's probably my second most popular tutoring subject now. I find that trigonometry is also a subject that introduces students to the scientific calculator. I teach this subject mostly by using mnemonics to remember formulas and reinforcing concepts with examples. When it comes to trigonometric identities, I focus on teaching derivations to help reduce the amount of memorization needed to master them.

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Computer Science

Education

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Computer Science)

Patient and very knowledgeable

Ibrahim gets right down to business. He does a great job in assessing the needs of my student. He is kind and very patient. His follow up and expectations for learning are very reasonable and clearly communicated. We found Ibrahim at just the right time! A blessing!

— Max, Indianapolis, IN on 10/23/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My group rates are: $50/hr for 2 students, $60/hr for 3-6 students, $10/hr per student for 7-15 students

Travel policy

Ibrahim will travel within 20 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46206.