Mandy Banks

Mandy B.

Waco, TX

Lesson Details

Math

Levels Taught:
Elementary
I have an associates degree in Radio-Television-Film from Austin Community College. I have a limited experience in tutoring professionally. I do have a love of lifelong learning. I hope to pass that on to those I am tutoring. I believe that learning is a lifelong process.

I struggled with math during my early elementary years. In Third grade, math began to make sense. Though, math was challenging; I began to grow a fondness for it. I was given a mastery-based approach to mathematics. In the 6th grade, this changed. The method used was strange to me. It didn't fit my learning style at all. I don't think spiraling doesn't work. It just didn't work for me. A mastery approach might not work for someone else.

I struggled through middle school, high school, and college mathematics. College mathematics revealed what I was lacking. I'd learned how to do a problem. I hadn't learned the why. I wasn't taught to think mathematically.

The strange thing is I grew a renewed fondness for mathematics after finishing school. Teaching my younger cousins with an old 1800's primer gave me so many aha moments it was ridiculous. I then purchased all of the 1935 Practical Arithmetic Books by Strayer-Upton. Word problems no longer difficult. Math is everywhere. Math is related to the real world. I made connections through teaching others. K-6th math is important for teaching a conceptual understanding. The student can go on to higher level mathematics with a better understanding of the why. They
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Mandy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5 to 11

Teaching since:
2017

I have an associates degree in Radio-Television-Film from Austin Community College. I have a limited experience in tutoring professionally. I do have a love of lifelong learning. I hope to pass that on to those I am tutoring. I believe that learning is a lifelong process.

My struggle with mathematics in made me determined to learn it. It wasn't until I was out of school that I found a new interest in mathematics.

I continue to learn as much as I can. If I can teach someone else that would be fantastic.

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