Eat, Pray, Study: A tutor’s story, from Jamaica to MathCrunch

Math is a global language – one that our tutors speak fluently. We feature the people who work round the clock to make sure students get the explanations they need in any situation. Meet:

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Rowena-Renee

Alma mater: Northern Caribbean University, Class of 2012

Favorite area of study: Applied Mathematics

Other than tutoring, what hats do you wear?

Independent Tutor

Play the Saxophone

Event Planning

Education Director at my church

During my studies I was the Vice President of Finance and Planning and Treasurer of the United Student Movement. I was also a Resident Advisor and a Lecturer’s Assistant.

Favorite non-MC app: Pinterest and 2048/City2048

How would you describe your teaching style?

I like to give the student a chance to demonstrate what they know and then help them to use what they do know to solve the problem at hand.

How long have you been tutoring for MC? What is your tutoring/educational background?

I have been with MC for 1 year and  2 months. I officially began tutoring in 2008 but took a break and restarted in 2013 when I started doing so independently. Then I started with MathCrunch in November of 2014. I taught in the high school system for a year at 2 of Jamaica’s top all boys high schools – The Kingston College (8 months) and The Munro College (4 months).

Looking back to high school and college, what would you have done differently?

I probably would have gone to sixth form and matriculated to a different university (I love my alma mater but my program was a baby when I started there.) I am very introverted but I probably would have gotten more involved than I was.

Any study tips?

Eat, pray, study! Haha! No seriously, if you want to be good at something it is okay to spend good time with it. But if you want to be great, you need to go the extra mile. There will be sleepless nights, and flashcards are your best friends; take them everywhere – literally! For math practice is definitely the key. Someone once told me that their dad made them do 100 of each type of questions they struggled with, it was painful, but it worked.

How did you find out about MathCrunch?

On oDesk, now Upwork.

Describe your experience with MathCrunch. Maybe tell a story about an inspiring or difficult tutoring session. How has tutoring helped you learn? What do students often have problems with?

My experience at MathCrunch has been a full rollercoaster ride. There have been days when a single session motivates you so much you feel you could light up the sky, then there are those that are so depressing you feel like quitting. MathCrunch has definitely made me into a well-rounded educator. They constantly give us updates on teaching styles and the theory behind each of them. I have seen where, even outside of an actual MathCrunch session, the lessons learned empowered me to shine brighter. Students usually struggle with applying earlier concepts to what they are doing at the moment they seek assistance. Math is probably the one subject that follows you from the earliest possible stages of learning, like 1 + 1, to the most advanced. The problem is, many people try to learn mathematical concepts in a vacuum.

What do you think will be the future of education and technology?

Well MathCrunch has definitely set the pace where that is concerned. The common thread in all applications of technology is the ability to accomplish goals from anywhere and at any time – convenience. Thus, technology will definitely be empowering students to learn at their own convenience, not just in time and space, but also at their own pace of learning.

 

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