Teaching through compassion and patience: A MathCrunch tutor story

Math is a global language — one that our tutors speak fluently. We feature the people who work around the clock to make sure students get the explanations they need in any situation. Meet:

Sharon

School/Alma mater: California State University, San Marcos 2009

Favorite area of study: Mathematics

Other than tutoring, what hats do you wear?

Former high school math teacher, runner, pianist, senior tutor, new mother

Favorite non-MC app: Word Crack

How would you describe your teaching style? I have a constructivist style, meaning that I like students to discover math for themselves through asking thought-provoking questions.

What is your tutoring/educational background? I’ve been tutoring for MathCrunch since July 2014. I’ve tutored for years (since I was in high school back in 2004). I have experience in tutoring Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, and even Discrete Math. I have experience teaching high school (Algebra I, Geometry, Honors Geometry/Trigonometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, and Honors Precalculus).

Looking back to high school and college, what would you have done differently? I would have actually studied in high school and would have approached my professors in college with my questions.

Any study tips? Work through as many math problems as it takes to completely understand a topic.

How did you find out about MathCrunch? I was applying for online jobs on Upwork and I saw this one.

Describe your experience with MathCrunch. Tutoring with MathCrunch has been great! All the tutors are super helpful and personable and most of the students are a joy to work with as they are eager and have the motivation to truly learn. It’s inspiring to work with students who will stay with you for an hour or more in the name of learning. It’s also really neat to see that the students and tutors you work with are from all over the world. Tutoring has taught me compassion and patience, especially when you are fortunate enough to be inspired daily as I am. Students often have problems with starting a problem, making simple mistakes, or not having enough confidence in themselves.

What do you think will be the future of education and technology? I believe that students will experience flipped classrooms more often, where students will listen to lectures and take notes at home (homework) and will work on challenging and interesting problems in the classroom.

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