Introduction.
My name is Nick. I have a B.S. in Math and Physics from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. in Applied Math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I've been tutoring math on and off for 15 years, and I have about 6 years of experience teaching math as an instructor or teaching assistant at the college level. I've taught everything from remedial courses to advanced undergraduate topics.
Expectations.
I expect my students to excel. I believe that a large burden of the...
Introduction.
My name is Nick. I have a B.S. in Math and Physics from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. in Applied Math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I've been tutoring math on and off for 15 years, and I have about 6 years of experience teaching math as an instructor or teaching assistant at the college level. I've taught everything from remedial courses to advanced undergraduate topics.
Expectations.
I expect my students to excel. I believe that a large burden of the learning rests on my shoulders, and I put forth my best effort to make sure my students get the most out of each lesson.
Goals.
My goal is for a student to understand the material well enough that s/he will be able to teach the material to his/her peers or, at the very least, explain all the major concepts in his/her own words and demonstrate some level of deeper understanding of the material.
Logistics.
In the event of a canceled appointment, I simply ask to be notified as soon as possible, but at least 12 hours in advance. If late cancellations become common, I sometimes charge for the inconvenience and for the missed opportunity to tutor other students (but this is generally not a problem).
Lessons.
Lessons are, of course, adaptable to the needs of the individual student. Some students do well thinking through problems on their own, and asking the occasional conceptual question; other students require some additional guidance throughout a problem, until their confidence has grown into the mathematics they're attempting to do. The job of a skilled tutor is to find the correct balance for each student, asking the right questions at the right time, providing the opportunity to learn.
Homework.
Students often have homework to do from their own classes. If I believe a student would benefit from additional practice, I will typically suggest some practice problems. Students seeking an additional challenge are always welcome to ask for more homework!
Coursework.
I've taken dozens of math and physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please feel free to contact me for any inquiries regarding special topics, including courses that are not listed by WyzAnt (one of my favorite topics is scientific computing / numerical methods).
My responsibilities.
I pledge, as a tutor, to come to each lesson prepared for its content, and to refuse to let any student tell me s/he “can't” do something. I know from experience that even students who hate a subject or who fail to grasp something repeatedly are able to learn it once it's explained properly. I will make sure the student receives every possible explanation until s/he understands the concepts behind the work. Perhaps the most important reason for my presence is to answer the student's questions to the best of my ability. If, for any reason, I don't know an answer, I'll research the question and explain the answer during the next lesson.
If you have any further questions regarding my services, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration!