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"Hello my name is Isaac. My educational background includes a bachelor's in Construction Engineering and master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation I entered the workforce as a geotechnical engineer and have 11.5 years field experience which requires high-level math and science. Currently, I hold a professional engineer license in the State of Iowa. As I reflect upon my more...

"Hello my name is Isaac. My educational background includes a bachelor's in Construction Engineering and master's in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). Upon graduation I entered the workforce as a geotechnical engineer and have 11.5 years field experience which requires high-level math and science. Currently, I hold a professional engineer license in the State of Iowa. As I reflect upon my education, I have the fondest memories of those teachers that had a passion for what they taught and desired to take the time for their students.

My teaching method is drawn from my father who was a community college professor for 30 years. He was passionate, funny, and drew much of his teaching lessons from his experience in the field of banking prior to becoming a teacher. I believe in order to keep students engaged in math you need to be passionate about it yourself or else they likely won't follow your lead. While some math students learn best by just "following the steps" and memorizing an algorithm I also understand some students need to know the answer to the question of "But why do I need to know this?". For those students I attempt to go out of my way to give real life examples of how they would use a particular mathematical principle either in their own lives or how the principle is applied and effects them in more of an indirect way. My hope is that by doing so they will be able to appreciate the topic and be able to move forward in engagement. Finally, I'm a big believer in the use of manipulatives (games, puzzles, etc.), whether online or hands-on, to teach math concepts. This is especially true for those students that are visual learners that desire a more informal learning experience in contrast to traditional textbook math exercises.

In the past year, I've logged 108 hours of one-on-one math tutoring experience with 13 students. Ten of the thirteen students were in high school having subjects of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. I have also tutored one" less...

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fee: $55 (for 60 min)
travel distance: 10 miles
meeting type: either in-person or online

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Iowa State University, Construction Enginee

Iowa State University, Masters

Ankeny, IA 50023

Subjects Tutored

Algebra 1 - Algebra 2 - Geometry - Prealgebra - Precalculus - Trigonometry - Elementary Math - Civil Engineering