Simon

what makes him an awesome tutor

I’m a fourth-year mathematics student at UofT St. George. I absolutely love math and teaching math, and have thoroughly enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for first year calculus and linear algebra courses. I’ve also had a blast teaching younger students as a prep-session instructor for the Kangaroo Mathematics competition, which is written by both high-school and primary school students. I believe in emphasizing process and problem-solving skills over rote memorization, as my experience has taught me that deep understanding of concepts and processes is the key to real, lasting learning.

fun facts

Life Goal: I’d like to start charity that benefits dogs in some way – I love dogs.

Words to Live By: “It takes at least three weeks to prepare a good extemporaneous speech”

Favourite Mathematical Weapon: : I love proof by induction – being able to prove something about an infinite set of mathematical objects in just a few lines is very cool.

get to know SIMON

Education: I’m currently wrapping up an HBSc in math and bioethics at U of T. I plan on going to teacher’s college eventually (I really, really love teaching) but may do a master’s degree first (I also like learning) I’ll have to make up my mind sooner or later, but for now I’m just having a great time teaching and studying.

Fave Tech device: I’m hooked on my laptop – I spend way, WAY too much time researching random topics and playing online chess.

Fave Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Fave Song: The Fox, by YIvis

Fave Outfit: Jeans and a t-shirt (also my only outfit)

Fave TV Show: 

Fave Movie: Dr. Strangelove

When you're not crunching numbers: I’m rarely not crunching numbers, but I try to dedicate as much of my non-number-crunching time to playing with my dog, Chino.

What's the best thing about you? As suspiciously convenient as it sounds, I think the best thing about me is my teaching – I’m not good at much else, but I really love teaching and have found a lot of success and fulfillment as a teacher. They say ‘those who can, do – those who can’t teach’ this may be true, but it’s also true that not everyone who ‘can’ can also teach. I’ve had a lot of ineffective teacher’s over the years, and found this very frustrating, so when my students tell me that I’m actually helping them learn I take a lot of pride in that.

nerd alert! 

I make a lot of horrendous math jokes – usually no one gets them, and when they do they wince.