I enjoy the way mathematics predicts physical phenomenon, which led me to study engineering. In electronics engineering and computer science, the language is mathematics. When I was attending engineering school, students in other fields would ask me if engineering was “hard”. My answer was that if you enjoyed studying the concepts, the “difficult” part would actually disappear because of the enjoyment of the subject, much the way a chef will enjoy studying recipes from other countries.
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Many years later, I earned my MBA. I am also adventurous which led me to traveling in China for many years teaching English and business at both language schools and universities.
I had the wonderful experience at teaching international business, organizational behavior and auditing at a university in South Central China for many years. I became very good at teaching a subject slowly and patiently, as the Chinese students were learning the subject in English, so patience was the key word of the day.
My teaching philosophy is that I am very patient with my students when learning topics such as math or physics. This is because math and physics need full concentration and must be approached slowly and carefully.
My method of tutoring is to ascertain the concept where the student is stuck. I then slowly and carefully review and study the concept with the student and work several problems. This is where students have an “ah-ha” moment when they finally understand the concept where they got lost. We can then progress, because the student has much more confidence. However, I believe tutoring is not about giving answers, but, instead, understanding my students’ needs and acting as a compass to directing them on the right path.
I teach students concepts and help them with the problems they are having, but just as importantly, I give them insight into how the problem applies to real-life. This is very important for future success. I also teach study skills which are extremely important in the study of mathematics. It is essential for a student to know that there are several ways of approaching a problem.