Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a rising junior at Bryn Mawr College, where I am working towards a major in mathematics with a minor in biology. I have a current major GPA of 3.7, scored a 33 in math on the ACT (top 1%) and have completed courses up through Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Real Analysis in college. While I’m new to Wyzant, I grew up tutoring my sisters and began tutoring other students as well in high school and college, and over the past 6 years have tutored students...
Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a rising junior at Bryn Mawr College, where I am working towards a major in mathematics with a minor in biology. I have a current major GPA of 3.7, scored a 33 in math on the ACT (top 1%) and have completed courses up through Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Real Analysis in college. While I’m new to Wyzant, I grew up tutoring my sisters and began tutoring other students as well in high school and college, and over the past 6 years have tutored students of all ages, from elementary school through college.
Math is naturally a challenging subject for many people. Topics are often only explained one way, lessons move at the same pace for everyone and because the subject is cumulative by nature, confusion about specific topics can leave students feeling lost with mathematics in general. This leads them to believe that math is hard and boring, or that they'll simply never be good at it. However, I believe that through building a strong conceptual understanding and utilizing test taking strategies any student can succeed.
One of my favorite parts about tutoring is being able to show students that thinking or learning differently than they are expected to in the classroom doesn't make them any less capable of succeeding in mathematics. For this reason, I like to talk to students about where they are struggling, and engage with the material in a variety of different ways to find what best suits their natural strengths. After explaining a concept, I like to ask students what they think: if what I have said makes sense and feels intuitive. If it does not, I offer an alternative explanation or way of thinking about a problem until we find one that works.
I have found that when students can find ways of approaching problems that feel intuitive to them, they can complete their work much more quickly, accurately, and with confidence. They are often excited to realize that the problem isn't them, and with some work, communication, and critical thinking they no longer have to spend hours agonizing over homework or tests.
I chose to be a math major because besides calculating tips at restaurants or managing our bank accounts, mathematics allows us to better understand the world around us and make it a better place. This includes everything from ensuring that diagnostic tests are accurate, new drugs are effective, and electoral districts are drawn fairly. While I don't expect all of my students to share my passion for math, I hope to show them it is an important and often exciting subject in which they are capable of success.
Please reach out to me if you’re interested in working together or have any additional questions, I have an extremely flexible schedule and am excited to begin working with you!