Posted By Meredith Crawford
By Meredith Crawford
Get to know your TutaPoint tutors with Six Questions With…a new series of tutor profiles.
1) When and why did you first become involved with TutaPoint?
I began freelance tutoring back in 2008 and was looking for ways to get more students. I decided to try online tutoring and after trying a few different services, I ended up with Tutapoint. I found it to be nice way to earn more money while fitting it in to my schedule however I wanted.
2) Name one thing you struggled with when you were a student.
I remember when I would be sitting at home with my homework and either not remembering or not understanding what the teacher said. There were a lot of reasons why I may not have been all there when listening in class. I was young and times were strange in high school for everyone, so it wasn’t always easy to stay on top of every class. When I speak to my students now I like to show them that I know what it’s like to be a kid and that I understand it’s not always fun to get through things like math, but I am there to help.
3) What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject was band and any kind of art. I really liked my ceramics class in high school and I was in band for all of grade school. I was always bad with English class, though. I could never get interested in the books they made us read, and grammar rules were so confusing to me.
4) What’s your tutoring philosophy?
Whenever I learn something I try to visualize all the steps to getting there and all the things I needed to know beforehand to get there. Not all students need to do this to learn, but it has always helped me and, luckily, this also really helps me as a tutor. Because I have taken care to see all steps leading up to a concept, I can help someone else understand it no matter how far they’ve gotten in their understanding. Usually, I just have to fill in a few gaps, but, if needed, I can start from the very beginning and show them the elegant structure math is made out of.
5) What do you do for work outside of TutaPoint?
I’m a freelance tutor for anyone that needs me. I started out going to people’s houses or meeting them at coffee shops, but I do more online tutoring now.
6) What’s your hobby or passion?
When I’m not doing math, I’m usually recording, mixing, mastering, or producing music. I make electronic music and work with other artists to record their music.