- Academic Support
- Bethesda, MD
- Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
- Tenleytown, DC
Ashley’s zeal for communication that’s both effective and enjoyable and her math fascination find a perfect marriage in tutoring. She has tutored professionally since 2007, collaborated on research exploring K-2 students’ early understandings of functions and mathematical generality, worked as an instructor for a graduate-level math / pedagogy course for in-service middle- and high-school math teachers, and TA’ed a History of Science course at Harvard on the rise of mathematical and statistical methods in medicine and baseball during the past two centuries (every bit as cool a class as it sounds like).
If you see her effect a quick costume change and dart through the alley behind PrepMatters, don’t be alarmed; in her other mode, Ashley teaches dance fitness and barre classes at several nearby gyms, a gig so unerringly fun she remains amazed it’s a source of income.
For me, excitement about a subject has always come packaged with a severe itch to impart that excitement to others, and the opportunity to do so is part of what I love about tutoring. But the Really Greatest Thing about math tutoring is the chance it affords to watch students surprise themselves. Many students who think they’re bad at math have developed a self-exclusionary interpretation of the subject: they almost define it as something in which their own intuition and reasoning have no place. The attitude that math is the province of supposed “math people” is often itself the most significant barrier to progress. I love helping students to answer their own questions or take the wheel and drive in navigating problems even when they don’t think they know how, and witnessing their reaction — each time and over time — when the reasoning and intuition in which they lacked confidence actually leads them to solutions.