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Math

Price Guide
Secondary $40.00
College / University $40.00
Casual $40.00

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Personal Description:

I am a mathematical epidemiology researcher at the University of Alberta, having recently completed my PhD in Applied Mathematics at McMaster University. During my graduate studies I enjoyed numerous teaching positions, something I very much enjoyed alongside my research work. My current position is focused exclusively on research, and as result I'm interested in continuing to teach on the side by other means.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been tutoring and teaching for 15 years now (since highschool). I have taught groups sizes from single individuals to approximately two-hundred at once. My focal subject has always been mathematics, since that is my specialty, but I have also taught other subjects along the way, including physics and highschool chemistry, and even a bit of music. I have taught children as young as 7, and occasionally with learning disabilities, but most of my experiences is in the highschool and university age-range.

I have been a general teaching assistant for all first year mathematics courses, which included one-on-one help, leading classroom tutorials, and being primary instructor in the course of over 100 students. I have also tutored dozens of students in highschool and university privately, sometimes for single sessions, other times for a few months, and in one case three years.

Tutoring Approach:

The primary challenge for a tutor with a new student is to understand not only what subject matter they need help learning, but how they learn. While every student is different in their learning style, there are some general types that I have come across, and strategies for helping them with math vary.

Students also vary in what they need help with. Students can require help with writing exams, getting started with new material, motivating themselves to study and learn, reducing the number of mistakes they make to push their marks into high 90s, to name a few. There are different strategies in these different areas. For example, a student who feels discouraged by math problems often needs help breaking problems down into bite-sized pieces, and needs help understand the progress they are making before they've reached the solution.

My approach to tutoring is, therefore, a combination of explanation and setting the student to tasks while I observe their work and approach. While they learn and work on the material, I learn how they study, and refine my explanations and assigned tasks.

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Native Language: English (American)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)

Qualifications:

  • McMaster University (2018) - PhD Applied Mathematics (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)

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