I have been tutoring grades 6-College since 2015. I have a master's degree and a doctorate in mathematics from UCLA, where I also have extensive classroom teaching experience, and I received my bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
When we’re struggling with new ideas, usually we don’t know what we don’t know. The “real questions” a student has about a subject won’t come up until we do a little digging together. But once we start asking the real questions, I find that my students surprise themselves with how quickly they can formulate the answers, and then they deal with the classroom material confidently and capably.
I worked with a student who had transferred from a school with an unconventional curriculum to a public middle school. The transition was difficult for her, and she was failing math at her new school. Together we developed a plan to work through the foundational material she hadn’t been taught at her old school. She worked hard to get up to speed, and in the end she passed her algebra class. I worked with her for two more years, and she ended up in Honors Algebra II!
Old school video games (forget the PS5, you want a MiSTer for your birthday)