MATH and PHYSICS tutor with 5+ years of tutoring experience
MATH and PHYSICS tutor with 5+ years of tutoring experience
I love being a tutor, a one-on-one teacher. I like to focus on an individual and identify their strengths and challenges, as well as what motivates them to keep going. I have come across students who struggled with math and physics, not because they were unable to comprehend the concepts, but because they were victims of a poor teaching technique. I once read a book titled "Disruptive Class" which asserts that the way we learn is not necessarily the way we are taught, and in order for our...
I love being a tutor, a one-on-one teacher. I like to focus on an individual and identify their strengths and challenges, as well as what motivates them to keep going. I have come across students who struggled with math and physics, not because they were unable to comprehend the concepts, but because they were victims of a poor teaching technique. I once read a book titled "Disruptive Class" which asserts that the way we learn is not necessarily the way we are taught, and in order for our educational system to become more effective we have to develop a student specific approach, where every student has a teacher whose methods are specific to the way the student learns. I believe this approach is vital especially for tutors in my field. That is why my first priority is always getting to know my student, especially their approach to dealing with real and abstract concepts. I try to understand how he/she understands so I can identify the challenges in his/her method of understanding. I don't believe saying the same thing over and over is an effective method of teaching. It works sometimes, but I believe it is better to identify what is preventing the student from understanding the first time. Dealing with challenges like this has helped me develop a diligent and meticulous method of tutoring.
An important area of growth and improvement I have benefited from in the last few years of tutoring is the ability to relate to students of all categories, including those for whom math and physics might seem foreign, or those who just want to pass an exam, those who haven't done any math in a while and those who are bored and inattentive because they are not challenged enough. A good example of this skill at work, is how I use technology in teaching. We are in the age of computers, where a lot of the mundane everyday tasks are gradually being handed over to computers to give our brains space and time to be more creative. Nevertheless it makes some of us wonder whether we are encouraging our brains to become lazy. Maybe we're right. However, we cannot afford to under-prepare our kids for the reality that a technical know-how is fast becoming a necessary requirement in every job description. So we owe it to these young boys and girls to find a way to teach them the technical skills they need in a rapidly advancing industrial economy, while helping them avoid the dangers of over-dependency on technology. In my opinion it comes down to student specific instruction. Each student is different and we must become more diversified and flexible in our approach to teaching. As challenging as it sounds, this is why tutoring is very exciting for me, this is why I love tutoring.
I believe my job is done when a student successfully demonstrates equal confidence and knowledge in a given area of study. My satisfaction comes, not just from feeling that I did the best I could, but from vicariously experiencing success through my student's achievements. I believe effective communication is the first step to these achievements. For this reason I am always readily available, keeping the lines of communication open at all times, until the student achieves his/her goal. I look forward to being your partner in this journey of success.
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Elvis has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 5 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Elvis is amazing.
Elvis does such a good job explaining the concepts. He understands the course work so well and is able to impart that information to my son. We are so happy to have found such an intelligent, thoughtful, and capable tutor.Jack, 15 lessons with Elvis
Amazing session for my son
This was a great session that helped my son prepare for a quiz the very next day. Couldn’t be more impressed with Elvis and this service Thank you for all of your helpJosh, 1 lesson with Elvis
He taught SAT math problems in the SAT prep test. The ones I had trouble with. He is knowledgeable and patient. A good tutor. Will get more lessons from him then I will give another update review in the future.Catherine, 2 lessons with Elvis
Elvis was great explaining everything to me and very patient. I am an adult learner and going back to school to finish my degree. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor.Carl, 1 lesson with Elvis
Elvis was the best tutor. He helped me understand precalculus. Very calm, patient, polite and thorough. I defeated the math obstacles that had been bothering me all year long. Thanks.Jama, 2 lessons with Elvis
Very good at making concepts clear
Elvis helped my daughter with Algebra 2. He checked to be sure that she knew each step before moving forward. He encouraged her when she felt frustrated, and his friendly manner and patience were very helpful in putting her at ease.Liliana, 1 lesson with Elvis
Very good teacher who helps you understand problems He is also kind and a respectful teacher that’s willing to help anybodyAbdirashid, 1 lesson with Elvis
Organized and knowleagable
Elvis did a great job of assessing what needed to be taught, and while being very organized with his teaching, gave my son room to talk through the concepts as they solved problems together.Steve, 1 lesson with Elvis
Elvis was patient with my son, he explained the steps in Algebra where my son understood them. My son said he learned alot and math came together with his explanation, even better than how the teacher explains things!Angela, 1 lesson with Elvis
Elvis has made a great connection with Chris and approach to Calculus. His smile has come back when he talks about math. We are looking forward to continuing with Elvis this next semester. Thank You Elvis!Joel, 18 lessons with Elvis
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