Roger Williams University (Mathematics)
University of Southern California (Master's)
Tutoring has been a passion for me for the last seven years. I first began tutoring in my final year of high school and seeing my student go from struggling to success was the best feeling I ever had. When I started my undergraduate studies in Mathematics, I was offered a job in the Center for Academic Development. While there, I tutored peers in math, was ranked in the top tutors for several semesters and was then selected for"The Most Outstanding Tutor" award which is give to the most qualified tutor graduating that year.
In 2011 I received my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and was also co-published in the IAENG International Journal of Applied Mathematics. After graduation I took up a job in banking but my love of tutoring never ceased and I continued to tutor several students ranging from 6th grade to undergraduate level. After working for two and half years, my love for tutoring and teaching finally overpowered me and I quit my job at the bank to return to school for my Masters in Teaching.
During my degree program, I continued to tutor but was also able to gain experience in teaching. I did two semesters of student teaching - one in a sixth grade classroom and one at a high school where I had students from 9th to 12th grade. I graduated from the University of Southern California in December of 2014 and I am now currently in the process of becoming a certified teacher.
As far as what sets me apart from most tutors, it would be me pedagogy. My perspective on tutoring is that the focus of teaching should be more on the conceptual knowledge. In other words, if a student is struggling on a particular problem, my focus is not to help the student know how to do the problem but rather to determine what conceptual knowledge is missing that is required for the problem so that the student will then be able to do other problems based on the concept. Memorization in my mind is a complete waste of time and memorization just results in rote learning. The student might do well on the test but come time for finals, it will be like he or she never saw a problem like it before.
I also do not believe that my job is limited to the time frame that I am there to help the student. If you talk to any of my students, I spend much of my own time to make sure that I am prepared. I am not a computer so whilst I consider myself very talented in mathematics, I sometimes need to review a topic before hand to determine how I plan to share my knowledge with the student. Therefore, I sometimes request the student tell me the topic they will need help with before the session. I also know that sometime a student needs help between sessions so I do allow my student to call or text me with a problem they might be stuck on between sessions. After all, my success is only determined by my student's success. (and on a side note I love those text messages that tell me how well an exam went! no need to wait)
As far as setting up sessions, I am as flexible and accommodating as I can be. In the past I have met students as early as 5am and have been with students until 1am. I have met students in my home, theirs, the library, or any other public place that works best for them. The only thing that I ask is if there is a need to cancel or reschedule, I do need 24 hours notice or I do have a cancellation fee. Obviously, like I said, I am not a computer so if there is an emergency that causes a cancellation in less than 24 hours, do not worry about a charge.
Please contact me if you are interested and I promise I will work my very best to help you or your child succeed. Tutoring has been a passion for me for the last seven years. I first began tutoring in my final year of high school and seeing my student go from struggling to success was the best feeling I ever had. When I started my undergraduate studies in Mathematics, I was offered a job in the Center for Academic Development. While there, I tutored peers in
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