Location: Morristown NJ USA

Tutoring and Homework Help

Expertise: Math
Subjects: Algebra, Basic Math, Business Math, Calculus

Dr William P. of Morristown NJ USA Tutor Profile

Tutor Personal Information

Name: Dr William P.
Gender: Male   Age: 31-40
Tutoring Style and/or Experience

One of the most important skills a teacher can possess is the ability to answer questions well. A successful lecture is a dialogue, whether is occurs in a freshmen statistics discussion or a presentation at a seminar. A fundamental part of my teaching philosophy is to encourage questions, both vocally and by example. I firmly believe that students learn so much more when they ask questions. As a result, the instructor also learns much about that student or the students raises an intriguing observation in the question that the instructor had not taken into consideration. Asking questions is a two-way street. Both the student and the instructor learn in equal amounts. When explaining difficult material, I look for signs that the class is having trouble understanding me, and I will pause frequently to ask for questions. Questions may not arise, but, I still feel a sense that the students are confused. Its very easy to tell when they are confused from the expressions on their faces. I will hesitate to proceed and try to explain the difficult concept in a different manner and go over many different examples to stress the concept. Then I will feel like the students now more clearly understand the concept and I have done a better job as an educator. When questions are patiently and openly treated as a natural part of a lecture or discussion section, students gain confidence and join in on the dialogue. Each question is important and must receive an answer will full consideration.

A good teacher is one who teaches students how to solve problems rather than merely solving problems. It is not enough to show up for class with a well-designed plan. A good teacher has to have expertise in the subject matter that goes well beyond the content of the course being taught. A good teacher should simply love teaching. A good teacher needs to listen to student questions and then adjust his/her approach to suit the way a student is handling the material. I believe I embrace all of these traits, and this has been a large part of the trusting and respectful relationship I have long enjoyed with my students.

I believe it is essential that a teacher show his students how to find the proper perspective without his help. A good teacher will explain to the student that the logical thinking that goes into solving a problem is far more valuable than the final numerical answer. The method one invoked in solving a problem should and always will be far more interesting, valuable and rewarding to a student or a teacher. This encourages independent and creative thinking and, as a result, an increase is self-confidence. It is a highly rewarding experience to solve a difficult problem using your own independent logic. To me, it is fundamental not just to provide the students with the mathematical tools to solve specific sets of problems, but to train them on how to think. It is fundamental to me that the students develop the intellectual independence that will allow them to ask new questions and gain and intellectual curiosity that will take them from what they know to what they dont know. It is this training from which they will benefit most and what they will take with them to whatever endeavors they will engage in.

Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability

Grades Tutored: High School, College, Graduate
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Contract Availability: Long Term or Open-Ended Tutoring Commitments.
Tutoring Rates: $30.00 to $60.00
Sliding Scale: No.

Tutor Background

Time Spent Tutoring: More than 10 years
Students Tutored: More than 50
Special/Focus Groups:
Educational Level: Ph.D.
Major: Statistics
School: University of Connecticut
Teacher Certification: No