I am an engineer with 20 years of experience. I have a long history of math in my background, including 4 years of Calculus. While in college at Michigan State University, I worked for the math department as a grader as well as a proctor for quizzes in Calculus 1 and 2 that were taken 3 times per term. The quizzes were never easy, and several students became frustrated with the level of difficulty. After a quiz was graded, whenever a student would ask a question about a problem that they...
I am an engineer with 20 years of experience. I have a long history of math in my background, including 4 years of Calculus. While in college at Michigan State University, I worked for the math department as a grader as well as a proctor for quizzes in Calculus 1 and 2 that were taken 3 times per term. The quizzes were never easy, and several students became frustrated with the level of difficulty. After a quiz was graded, whenever a student would ask a question about a problem that they answered incorrectly, I would break down the process on how to solve the problem and identify what they had the most difficulty with. Helping them identify their challenge is the first step and is half way to getting a student to understand how to do the work.
My field of engineering is in Noise and Vibration, which focuses on Trigonometry, Calculus and sometime Linear Algebra. This is a very unique field, which in the majority of automotive manufacturers or suppliers, is a small population. So we are a small group used to dealing with colleagues and customers who may not understand the field. This has taught me the importance of breaking down the topic and simplifying it enough for someone who is unfamiliar. This can be carried over to tutoring, especially in the math and science subjects.
Why I chose to become a tutor now is because I know that there are plenty of people who want to achieve their goals but need a little help and guidance. With my experience, I can help provide some encouragement and direction for those looking. My approach to math tutoring is break down the steps and really clarify how to get from one step to the next. I have young children learning basic arithmetic, and see that the teachers are teaching several different ways to solve simple problems. These are ways different from how I was taught growing up. I look at these different ways as options. And I'm looking to find the best option that works for any of my students. Even if this includes providing additional resources to support.
Many peo