- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School, High School
It is very exciting to help students through this transition step from lower level math to higher level math, and lay the foundation necessary to understand fast-paced high school level math classes.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a private tutor of 4 years, specializing in mathematics. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish major and an Education minor, and I am an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor to adults, and a Private Tutor.
Why is a Spanish major specializing in instructing students in mathematics? While it has been my privilege to also tutor students in Spanish and English, mathematics has been the subject that I enjoy teaching the most, and I am currently seeking to build a math curriculum from kindergarten to high school, so I want to narrow the subjects I teach down for now, to the ones that I will work on including in the curriculum, so I can better focus on the curriculum and create it more quickly.
I have spent over 250 hours tutoring mathematics at the elementary, pre-algebra, and Algebra I & II levels, and I have found that, commonly, if students find math difficult, it is because they need to brush-up on fundamental skills required to do current tasks. When a student has trouble completing a task, I look to see which components of the problem is giving them a hard time or they don't understand, and once I explain the how and why of each component of a problem to them, I give them a chance to practice on their own, to make sure they feel confident that they are able to complete the problems by themselves. I also provide condensed explanations in a review, if a student is ready to move to the next topic.
As a tutor, it is my joy to see the logic of how to complete a problem come together for each student, and to see them feel competent in the work that they do.
As my "Math for Elementary Teachers - II" professor would say, "focus on the reasoning, not on the procedure," meaning that learning should be based on understanding the relationships between two pieces of information, rather than memorizing a list of steps (without knowing why they are done in that way). Equally important is to be able to see a problem from more than one perspective, which gives students a deeper understanding of math and creates mental flexibility. Together, those two things help create connections in the brain that are long-lasting, and can serve students in future courses, or (possibly), even help students with reasoning in other areas of life. For me, learning is of utmost importance, and I would gladly help you in any way.
• Teach English and Civics (citizenship) lessons for English language learners with instruction in grammar usage, reading, writing, spelling, pronunciation, communication and conversation.
• Monitor students’ progress and adjust class activities accordingly to ensure that they are learning.
• Manage classes of students of mixed levels.
• Tutor students in Math, English and Spanish.
• Create lessons and materials for students.
• Pinpoint student's difficulties.
• Adjust lessons to accommodate student's strengths and weaknesses.