I obtained my undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia. I studied analytic number theory as an undergraduate student, and explored harmonic analysis, additive combinatorics, and numerical analysis during graduate school.
During my last year of my undergrad, I was lucky enough to be recommended to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant to help with teaching precalculus and college algebra. That experience demonstrated to me that I really enjoy helping students learn math and succeed. During graduate school, I worked as the sole instructor for precalculus and for Calculus I. One of the parts of teaching these classes that I enjoyed the most was holding office hours. During office hours, I had the opportunity to get to know the students better, and I could help them develop a personal study plan. I also got to hear the students’ side of stories: their understanding of the content, what topics they found hard to grasp, and why they found them confusing. This deeper understanding of where each student was at allowed me to tackle their challenges one by one in an individualized approach.
These experiences sparked my passion for 1-on-1 tutoring. As a tutor, I hope not only to teach the students problem solving techniques, but also to inspire them to cultivate mathematical thinking and confidence in themselves. I have adopted many of the strategies I employed during my office hours in my tutor sessions, and I find nothing more rewarding than watching my students come into the room with curiosity and walk out with joy and confidence at the end of their session.
Outside of my work, you can find me hiking, reading novels, and knitting.