Emily Whapham
Longwood, FL
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Emily Whapham

Emily W.

Longwood, FL
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Middle School, High School, College
My math lessons are unique in that I develop a connection with students that allow them to feel comfortable telling me "I don't understand." This is often the hardest barrier that parents believe their child has when being taught, and I'm often warned by the parent before I arrive that the student fakes understanding around his teachers or other tutors. But being 23 years old allows me to be a teacher and a friend at the same time and I feel that this smaller age gap between student and teacher is what makes them feel comfortable opening up to me, which they do with ease. After tutoring over 30 students in math ranging from middle school arithmetic to college calculus 2 to adults taking qualifying exams, I have been confidently able to identify exactly how the students are processing their math assignments just by watching them try to solve a single problem. After that, I just focus on correcting their way of thinking. My goal of tutoring is for the students to not need my help anymore.

About Emily W.

"It's not about learning, it's about understanding."

Hi! My name is Emily and I am 23 years old. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned my degree in physics at Boston College before moving to central Florida in August 2017. I took off with just what I could fit in my car and drove from Massachusetts to Orlando to try a new life on my own. Tutoring was an accidental passion that definitely saved me. I was messaged around midnight by a worried mother telling me her son received a 0 on his last chemistry exam, and that the teacher gave him a day to take it home to retake for partial credit. At this time I had been applying and applying to jobs with no luck so I jumped on the opportunity and messaged her back right away. The next night I was at their house for hours helping their son understand the material and retake the exam. He received the full partial credit on the test. After 1 more session with him the folllowing week, he had another exam. He received a 100%! His mother was in shock and at that moment I realized I had something special. I loved the nights we spent fighting through material just as much as I loved the nights where everything just clicked for him. Since then, I have tutored over 30 students in subjects including (not limited to) middle school math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, college algebra, pre-calculus, liberal arts math, arithmetic, college calculus 2, biology, AP chemistry, AP physics, college physics, and test prep including SAT, GED, GRE, GKT, and ASVAB. I attribute my success to not focusing on memorization because problems memorized are problems forgotten! Instead, I teach the students how to teach themselves how to start a problem because even complex problems are just series of simple steps disguised by complicated word problems and extraneous information. It's not about learning, it's about understanding. So far I have been blessed with students who will openly tell me "I do not understand" which is an awesome thing to say! It gives me a great place to start: from the beginning. (It's okay if you don't say you don't understand...I will still know ;) ) Often students will just say they do not know how to start a problem, but this hides a deeper dependence on memorization and lack of conceptual understanding. The only way to teach true understanding is to let go of the conventional concept of memorization. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I hope to hear from you soon!
Best,
Emily

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Steve
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Emily is very easy to talk to and will go over things in different ways to make sure that you understand the concepts you struggle with.

I was very impressed with how open she was to setting goals and having something prepared for our first meeting.

Posted Nov 30, 2019
Tom
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Superb instructor! I am a beginner with alto sax. I would highly recommend Emily for teaching. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and organized!

Posted Feb 11, 2019

Experience

Private Tutor
Oct 2017 - Present

Self-Employed

Tutored over 30 students, ranging in age from 11 to 50+ in the folllowing subjects: As of August 2018: Math: Middle school math (2 students), pre-algebra (1 student), algebra 1(5 students), algebra 2 (6 students), college algebra (1 student), geometry (6 students), liberal arts math (1 student), arithmetic (1 student), pre-calculus (2 students), college calculus 1 and 2 (1 student), test prep math (see test prep) Science: Biology (1 student), chemistry (5 students), AP chemistry (2 students), AP physics (1 student), college physics 1 and 2 (2 students), environmental science (1 student) Test prep: GED math, science, and grammar (2 students), SAT math (1 student), GKT math (1 student), GRE math (1 student), ASVAB math and arithmetic (1 student) English + Social Studies: High school English (multiple levels, 3 students), High school history (multiple levels, 2 students)

Education

Bachelor of Science, Physics
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Boston College

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