Anne Hare wants to demystify mathematics, so students having that "light bulb moment" excites her.
I earned the B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas and the M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado.
I am a tutor in the Mathematics Lab on the Gainesville Campus. This is an open walk-in environment to assist all students taking any level of mathematics at UNG. All the students are unique with different needs so my role is to quickly determine their learning styles so that I can demonstrate or break down a mathematical concept in terms that they can more easily comprehend and apply.
Students’ “light bulb moments” – when they “get it” - always excites me. It is so gratifying to work with students at their pace until they finally understand the mathematic concepts that had previously challenged them.
As a math tutor, I understand that appropriate pedagogies are constantly evolving so I’m continuously researching new techniques and determining what works or does not work with each student. I’m constantly searching for “new tools”. Occasionally students will share new strategies with me that their instructors modeled in class, too.
I love when students at UNG come back to me after a test or at the end of the semester to let me know that they were successful! It is so rewarding to see them grow and gain confidence in their mathematical problem solving.
I try to demystify mathematics by breaking down problems into simple terms and discrete steps so that they do not feel overwhelmed. Hopefully, they will apply this strategy in other situations when they are feeling extremely stressed over their assignments, papers, and projects.
I have observed that some students are reluctant to come to the math lab to ask for help. I think they feel embarrassed so I work hard to convince them that all their questions are valid. I also suggest that the math lab is good place for all students to do their homework so if they are challenged by a problem, the math tutors can assist them immediately.