I like to find a teaching style that works best for the student I am working with. Below are two of my skills which I always employ.
Explaining: I have great tactics when it comes to breaking down a Mathematics/Physics problem into a way that makes the student feel more engaged with the language. For example, many high school students get the notation of a function pushed onto them while they are learning Calculus, but they often are unsure what the notation “y=f (x)” actually means, often confusing it to mean multiplication of some variable f by some variable x. I can break this idea down by saying “y is something you want to produce, and f() is what you do to x in order to produce y. For example, f(x)=x squared is a way of saying I have a machine f() which turns 1 into 1, 2 into 4, 3 into 9 etc.”
Reading between the lines: When checking a student’s understanding of a concept, I often find that what is making it hard for them to understand the concept is that they don’t intuitively understand something that they’ve learnt previously. For example, when I am working with a student on simplifying exponential expressions, I often pick up that the reason they don’t understand exponent rules is that they don’t grasp that exponents are something with a much deeper meaning than repeated multiplication. I then help them understand that exponents are a mathematical way of describing something that grows in nature in a continuous multiplicative way (e.g the more bacteria there are in a dish, the faster the population will grow). Then I will show how we can describe that using a mathematical formula, and show how all the exponent rules should naturally follow from the idea of exponents representing something that grows continuously.
-I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (A- average)
-I have been tutoring Mathematics, Statistics and Physics since May 2017, with over 200 hours experience
-I have taught 14 students.
-My students have gained Excellence endorsements in NCEA Mathematics, and entrance into prestigious University programs such as UC Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (A average) from Massey University.
NCEA Level Three endorsed with Merit.
NCEA Level Three Calculus endorsed with Merit.
NCEA Level Three Physics.
Mathematics, Physics and Statistics tutor working for self since May 2017 and Inspiration Education since March 2018.
Gained a reputation for explaining complex concepts in accessible ways.
Received feedback from parents and students that tutoring has improved the students’ understanding and academic results.
Worked as a research scholar in Mathematics from November 2019 to February 2020 with a University lecturer.
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