Mathematics and helping are two things that are important to me, and tutoring math allows to combine them. I earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Arizona and I tutor grades 7-College.
Before we even begin to talk about math, I first take the time to get to know each student. By doing so, it creates a relationship between myself and the student so that the student becomes comfortable enough around me to make mistakes and speak up when they do not understand. I am a firm believer in learning by doing, not by observing, so during most of my tutoring sessions, I use minimal lecture-style teaching. I help the student learn the content by working through problems, either on their own or together with me. My goal with each student is to help them achieve their education goals, show them how the content can be used in their future career goals and interests, and create a professional relationship.
One time I helped a student study for the AP Calculus AB exam. We had only one month to prepare, and he had some troubles understanding content that was taught the semester before. By the end of our time together, he felt more confident with the material and more prepared for the test than his fellow classmates. A few years later, while he was in college, he reached out to me about a question from his Calculus II course. After I helped him with the problem, he thanked me and said that his work with me for the Calculus AP exam has made college level calculus easier. In fact, he got the best score on the last exam and the class had over 500 people in it.
I love animals! I have three dogs, a cat, a turtle, and fish at my house. My goal in life is to retire on a farm and work with local shelters to rescue as many dogs as possible. I also enjoy taking care of plants both indoors and outdoors. At one point, I had over 75 indoor plants! I also enjoy music and being outdoors.