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City College of New York (Mechanical Engineeri)
As an engineering student, science and math are always the background to learning new topics in the field. I did struggle with learning math and science when in school and college, and from experience know how hard it can seem at times to understand these subjects. I try to share as much of what I learned as I can with other's: whether it's friends, classmates, or students I tutored.
I tutored in public educational programs. One of them is Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC), where I worked as a math tutor at their library. Most students I worked with at BEOC were preparing for college placement test or HSE test. Another one is Urban Scholars Program at the City College of New York. In this program high school students in need of assistance in different subjects would come to scheduled tutoring sessions.
I always seek to find the roots of my students' problems in math, then try to come up with easier examples to illustrate the theory and logic behind each problem. From there on, based on these examples, exercise questions are assigned which, I assist with while student(s) works on them. I let the student(s) think of an approach to each problem and give hints only if the student(s) aren't sure where to begin. I assign homeworks based on the topics covered and check them.
As a tutor, I had moments where I was asked to assist students with problems that I wasn't sure how to solve. I can't remember every each possible solution method, however, whenever I am in such a situation,
Physics problems, very often, can be put into an algebraic context. To set up the math behind any problem a student needs to understand the theory behind each problem.
Once the theoretical part is understood, most physics problems become math problems.
The approach here is to see whether a student has trouble grasping the theory or math (or both) part(s) of a problem. Once determined, I try my best to simplify the problem's theory so it makes better sense.
I always devote some time after tutoring session(s) to refreshing my memory on the next topic(s). I also spend time thinking what topics I should cover during every next session with my student(s) and prepare to explain those topics. I do expect and hope to also see my students to prepare to the upcoming tutoring appointments by at least working on the homework assignments I give. I encourage students to attempt and work hard to solve the assignments. As an engineering student, science and math are always the background to learning new topics in the field. I did struggle with learning math and science when in school and college, and from experience know how hard it can seem at times to
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I was born in Moscow, Russia. At age 6 I moved to Armenia, where studied in elementary school in Armenia, where Russian language was a common core class since grade 1. Then I moved back to Russia and studied in middle and high school there.
I speak Russian fluently and can switch easily between English and Russian languages. I can teach math and even science in either languages as well as providing assistance with English reading and writing for native Russian speakers.