I firmly believe that 95% of students have the ability to pass High School Math courses.
Students fail in high school because of a lack of prerequisite knowledge and help.
For some students 1 hour per week is enough to close gaps in knowledge and easily get 65-75% even if they have failed Math before.
If you come to my classes I will test your knowledge and tell you how many classes you need in order to pass or improve. Moreover, after a few classes I can tell you what term mark you will get if you keep working hard.
As a mathematician I know that a deep understanding of the logical structure of the math course plays a key role in success.
I always work on developing the student’s understanding of the course and not memorizing rules, or “tricks”, for mindless repetition. Memorizing without understanding simply does not work in high school. It is essential to develop logical and analytical thinking, especially for students interested in majoring in computer science, engineering or finance.
I teach how to apply concepts and ideas to a problem.
Bridging gaps in knowledge is of fundamental importance in creating a stable base for further progress, because in Math everything is linked together.
During my lessons, I not only help with current assignments but also strive to eliminate deficiencies in my student’s knowledge.
Also, there is another group of students who have strong and comprehensive knowledge but still have problems in Math because of a lack of confidence, or difficulties in creatively applying knowledge to the current problem. For these students, I always try to encourage them to think for themselves by giving a hint as small as possible and offering different Math problems.
I run these Math classes because I truly enjoy helping people and seeing their happy faces when they finally get the "As" they have always wanted.
The most rewarding part of my job is when a student who initially thought that Math is too hard to overcome suddenly realizes that they can pass and, moreover, get 80-90%. This leads to a newfound confidence and the belief that they can choose any profession and attend any University or College.
In addition, I can say that my friendly and easygoing nature creates a light atmosphere during the lessons, which makes it easy for students to overcome their difficulties.
To summarize, these are my teaching strategies:
- Increasing the level of challenge to develop thinking abilities
Come and see for yourself!