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Carnegie Mellon University (Mathematics)
University of Texas at Austin (PhD)
I am a Phd student at UT Austin, currently teaching/TA-ing various math courses here. I have taught math for 6 years now, both individually as well as in small groups and in a classroom. My office is always packed with students coming in for help because they say I explain it better than the professor. I even have other TAs' students asking for my help.
I usually figure out how a student thinks fairly quickly, and after that, it is easy to adapt to their mode so that it's almost as if they are figuring it out on their own. I can usually foresee the mistakes they are about to make, and by the time we are finished they can foresee them too and hence are able to avoid them.
In my experience one of the main reasons why people can't succeed in math is that they are just too afraid of it, and this compromises their ability to learn it. My goal is to get rid of this fear by making the material as simple as possible. Once this is established, students are able to understand and reason through problems much better. In some instances they even begin enjoying it; in fact, a few of my students who used to hate mathematics ended up majoring in it in college!
I believe that the right teacher can get any student to succeed in mathematics; it is simply a matter of acclimating to the student's needs. This is exactly what I am good at and why people keep coming to me for help. If you need help with math, I can get you back on your feet! I am a Phd student at UT Austin, currently teaching/TA-ing various math courses here. I have taught math for 6 years now, both individually as well as in small groups and in a classroom. My office is always packed with students coming in for help because they say I explain it better than the
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Sona really took the time to understand how my son processes information. She figured him out and was able to convey the material to him in a way that was easy for him to understand. She also developed "homework" assignments for him to do in between tutoring sessions that proved to be very helpful. Overall, the experience my son had with Sona was extremely productive. Her grade was an A++ in our book.
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My 11th grade daughter is a great student, and has only seen a couple of B's in her entire high school career. BC Calculus started off challenging, however, and she quickly fell behind. By early december, she had a failed 3 tests, and had an overall failing grade. Not only was she having trouble with the material, but her confidence was suffering considerably.
We contacted Sona on Wyzant on December 8, 3 days before my daughter's last regular exam, and only 9 days before the semester final exam. Sona responded very quickly, and was luckily free to visit for a first session the same day. My daughter has always wanted to figure things out herself, but immediately responded to Sona, who was patient and very clear explaining topics that had been previously baffling. She returned 2 days later for a second session, and the next day my daughter passed her last regular exam.
Sona returned for 2 more sessions over the next 4 days. My daughter's confidence began to return, and she looked forward to each session. 2 days later, my daughter took her final exam and got a 100.
Frankly, even she was surprised. In 4 sessions (average 100 minutes) in just 9 days, my daughter went from failing BC Calculus to getting a 100 on her final exam. Sona was able to help her exceed all reasonable expectations by helping her regain her confidence, and through helping her understand the material in a way she had previously been unable to on her own or even with help from her teacher.
With the new semester starting up, we are now scheduling a weekly session with Sona to stay ahead of the material, and hopefully have a much more calm rest of the year.
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Sona was sweet and helpful. She gave me a new way to think about my work, which has already increased my confidence with the material.
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My research interest has always been in partial differential equations, so naturally I have taken and done well in every undergraduate differential equations course offered in college.
Now, as a graduate student I am constantly learning about and working with differential equations so I am basically surrounded by them all the time.
As far as teaching experience is concerned, I've TA-ed and tutored the basic differential equations course for undergraduates countless times. It is obviously my favorite math course to teach so I love helping people who are new to it discover for themselves how cool it can be. And for those who aren't so thrilled about it, I always enjoy finding new and better ways to explain it to them so that they can understand it better and move on.
Linear algebra is an extremely important part of math without which mathematicians would not be able to do most of their work. I have studied linear algebra thoroughly in college, including the theory itself and many of its applications, particularly to differential equations.
Later, in graduate school I learned about so many computational techniques presently used to solve differential equations, all of which require solving systems of linear equations. I have constructed and deconstructed countless matrices and used them to write programs that solve differential equations. This requires a very deep understanding of how matrices interact with each other and figuring out key properties of a matrix using the linear algebra I was taught in college.
I have tutored undergraduates who were taking Linear Algebra as well as those taking courses such as differential equations and vector calculus, where linear algebra is extensively used throughout the course but is not actually a prerequisite.
Linear algebra is something everyone who does any math must know inside and out in order to succeed in what they are doing, and I am here to get those who need help past the stage of not knowing it so that they can keep going towards their goals and eventually achieve them.
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