EducationI have recently completed a BMath degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.
I also hold a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University (2007) where I was awarded the title of Sexton Scholar (2004).
Worked with Luv2Tutor and Oxford Learning in the GTA tutoring secondary school mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Also tutored post-secondary calculus and biology.
Since moving to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, I've been tutoring mainly secondary level and post-secondary level Math and Physics.
I have a firm belief that the teaching/learning process cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach. Unfortunately, in most schools, the means to modify the teaching approach is lacking. In my opinion, anyone can learn anything - it's all in the approach.
When I first meet a student, I spend a lot of time with them going over where they think they are lacking - not only with respect to knowledge and understanding, but also with respect to their own effort. It encourages self-evaluation and also lets me see if they are evaluating themselves in a fair manner. A student who thinks or feels that they have a solid grasp of the material and then performs poorly is not only losing out on the marks associated with that performance, but also is failing to be able to recognize their own deficiencies.
I like to take the time to get to know how a student learns. We all learn differently and the idea that we can take even slightly complex material and hope that everyone can understand it in the manner in which it is presented is naive. I always try and find a way to tailor the learning experience to each individual student.
I graduated in 2007 from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I spent summers between 2005 and my graduation working within a research group at Dal examining fatty acid binding proteins in zebrafish. In 2004, I gained the distinction of being a Sexton Scholar.
Upon graduation, I spent six months under contract to IBM Canada working in IT Project Management. Upon the completion of that contract, I chose to work with an environmental engineering firm in the GTA that specializes in soil sampling, analysis, and remediation. In early 2011, I joined the team at Home Depot Canada and spent the next three months under contract in the IT Project Management Office there.
HobbiesI am a very laid back person and I take that approach with me when I tutor. I am a very big fan of what some might consider "old-school" approaches to teaching. I believe that any approach to teaching needs to take a two-pronged approach. First, emphasis must be placed on understanding the concepts being brought forward to the students. Anyone over the age of 18 implicitly knows that, in the real world, we don't often use many of the mathematical tools we're taught - we seem to have taken up the mentality that the small details don't matter quite so much. This, in my opinion, is an entirely poor approach and I think has ramifications (negative ones) for the student down the road. The student must learn to think - this is the goal of teach - not the passing of of information, but rather the passing on of curiosity and discipline.
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