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 5 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.
First, know that I expect a lot from my students. I make my lessons...
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 5 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.
First, know that I expect a lot from my students. I make my lessons as challenging as I can with a goal of having my students understand more than they absolutely must; that is, I expect my students to excel; I'm a strong proponent of the belief that there are no poor students, just poor teachers. As a proponent of this viewpoint, I also 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 as the tutor is typically to teach the student 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.
The main goal of the first lesson will be to assess the student's current ability and to determine what the student's goals are.
For other lessons, I typically begin by reviewing the previous lesson's homework, paying special attention to any questions the student wrote down or asks and to anything the student did incorrectly. Once the student understands everything from the previous lesson, I will move on to the current lesson's material. The frequency and duration of the lessons will depend on how much material needs to be covered, the time frame for covering the material, the attention span of the student, and several other factors; that is, frequency and duration are not, by any means, set in stone.
Homework.
I do typically assign homework (though this is really up to the student, I highly recommend it for short-term tutoring). These homeworks are designed to be done with the lesson sheets in front of the student as a resource. These are to be taken seriously and are designed, above all else, to make the student think about the lesson. I'm not interested in the answers so much as I am in the student's ability to reason to some answer. The student is encouraged not to give up if the assignments seem too difficult; I will go over a homework assignment during the next lesson, paying special attention to any questions the student writes down about the assignment (when I write the assignments myself, there is a space accompanying each homework assignment in which the student is instructed to ask any questions s/he has while doing the assignment or about the subject material in general). The student will receive more detailed instructions pertaining to homework assignments.
Coursework.
I've taken dozens of math and physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please feel free to contact me via WyzAnt's communication channels 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 through the appropriate WyzAnt channels. Thank you for considering me.