Through my Higher Math Help service, I strive to make expert, individualized math help available at a competitive price to college and high school students, regardless of their geographical location.
About Your Higher Math Help Tutor
In addition to running Higher Math Help since 2009, I’ve studied, tutored, and taught a range of mathematical subjects. For example, I …
- served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington for the courses
- M118 – Finite Mathematics,
- M119 – Brief Survey of Calculus I,
- M025 – Pre-Calculus Mathematics, and
- J111 – Intro. to College Math I;
- completed 35 hours of graduate courses in mathematics;
- graduated magna cum laude with highest distinction in mathematics as a Chancellor’s Scholar and Edmund J. James Scholar from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign;
- designed and taught high-school algebra and geometry courses for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Upward Bound program (summers 2007, 2008, and 2009);
- taught second-semester Algebra I at Herron High School in Indianapolis, Indiana (summer 2011);
It would be a mistake to think that solving problems is a purely ‘intellectual affair’; determination and emotions play an important role. (G. Polya)
An effective math tutor is mindful of the short and long term goals that the student hopes to accomplish through tutoring. Helping the student to attain these goals requires more than an ability to solve homework problems. A good tutor …
- strengthens problem solving skills by leading the student to discover solutions, often by a judicious use of hints;
- emphasizes understanding rather than memorization, when appropriate;
- explains concepts using terminology and techniques appropriate to the student’s course of study;
- devises small quizzes;
- helps the student create organized study guides;
The Switch to Online Tutoring
I began Higher Math Help in Bloomington, Indiana and later relocated to Lafayette, Indiana, which gave me the opportunity to work with students in a different set of courses (engineers take a lot of math!). While I had previously met most of my students at an agreed upon location, I began focusing on online sessions in the fall of 2013. I soon realized that the online tutoring feels the same as in-person tutoring, except that the students are able to review the video recordings of their sessions, which they really like. After holding over 250 sessions online, I decided to switch entirely to online tutoring.
Another advantage of online tutoring is that the students and I both have more mobility. I’ve been able to work with
- students while they’re away from campus visiting family (for example, to prepare for an exam over fall break or to get an early start during winter break on spring semester courses), and
- students taking courses during the summer at a local college closer to home.