Generally, if possible/convenient for the sake of the student, I will try to solve the problem for myself. I believe the best way to help others understand a concept is to first indulge in the struggles that come along with learning it.
Though this approach is not always the speediest, I believe it's more fruitful for giving students insights that they can use for problem solving in the future.
I've successfully helped friends with Math homework or understand difficult concepts in the past, but I've yet to accept a formal tutoring job (which I hope to change!)
I'm well aware of the frustrations that can come with Math homework, which I firmly believe will help me empathize with and better help out struggling students.
High School Diploma
I have presented unofficial Math research to professors and fellow Math majors which has been generally well received for being both intriguing and insightful.
Mitchell was once a student of mine in both trigonometry and calculus. He did well, but I never got the impression that everything just came easy to him. He asked questions and worked hard at understanding concepts, and usually deeper than a surface level. This is exactly the kind of learner that makes a good teacher. He understands many of the struggles students have and can find effective ways to explain difficult ideas.
He's also methodical and patient, two crucial traits when trying to help someone else learn. Perhaps also worth noting is that he genuinely enjoys the subject and how ideas are connected. You can definitely put your trust in Mitchell to help you understand mathematics.
Professor of Mathematics (retired)
Rock Valley College
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