Many of our tutors are working on their own education as they tutor students at Tutor.com! Our Tutor of the Month, Christine O. studied math in undergrad, got her Master’s degree in Statistics, and is now obtaining her Ph.D. in Educational Measurement & Statistics at Florida State University. Not only is Christine currently a full-time student, she’s also a part-time college instructor for Introductory Statistics and Probability. Christine has been tutoring with us for a year, and is approved to tutor Statistics, College Statistics, and Applied research and Statistics. Read more about Christine below!
Do you have any funny or touching Tutor.com stories?
A student needed help with an SPSS project. She had been transferred around to about 5 tutors and by the time she got to me she was clearly frustrated. When I told her I’m familiar with SPSS and I’ll be able to help her with her project, she was so relieved and even said a prayer.
Why do you tutor with Tutor.com? What makes you stay?
Teaching is my passion, and being able to do it online has made me a better teacher. Five months into tutoring with Tutor.com, I was able to predict the kind of questions 95% of students I encounter have. So I made a spreadsheet with built in formulas and step by step calculations for mean, median, standard deviation, normal distribution, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, linear regression, chi-square tests, etc. Whenever a student has a question about these, I quickly input the values into my spreadsheet. This way, when the student makes a mistake in the calculation, I will instantly know and be able to spot where the error is.
What’s your best homework or study tip?
As a statistics tutor, if there is a worked example in the book, I encourage the student to work through that example before they start the homework. Also TI83/84 calculator is a great time saver. I encourage students to use it, if they have one.