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May 02, 2019 11:25:38

Coming to America (8)

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 381🔥 | 391💌


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My second job in America was being a math tutor at the local college I went to. . 

Students would come to the learning center and get private tutoring on different subjects. I was hired for Math and Statistics. 

I discovered that I loved tutoring. Most people that came to the center have reached a turning point in their life. They have already realized they didn't have the right foundation. A lot of them were working full time - likely in a job they hated. They were in college to change their lives. Their determination was inspiring.

In the beginning I didn't know how to explain math. A lot of the students were anxious around it. 

The first thing they usually told me was how much they hated math. I tried different things but it din't work. So one day, I tried something different. 

Me  - What is 1/5th of 200?
Student    - Gave me a blank stare.

Me - If you had only $200 and you had to split it equally with 5 of your friends, how much would each get? 
Student (within in seconds) - $40 of course. 
They often had a look that said - That was easy.

Eureka moment - Teach math like it is all about money. 

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    @keni If I had you as my Math teacher, maybe I wouldn't have hated Math.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | May 02, 2019 21:19:21
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      @seunoyebode - :) Learning to love what people hate is where success lies :)

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 21:01:19
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    @keni Most people intuitively understand money, so this is a great approach for introducing math concepts. Too much math is taught as theoretical concepts and not with real world examples.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 02, 2019 08:44:38
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      @keni @brandonwilson
      Skin in the game of money

      Abe avatar Abe | May 04, 2019 11:56:16
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      @abrahamKim - Are you reading Skin in the game now? Taleb has a book by that name.

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 21:00:35
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      @brandonwilson - I didn't realize that until I started tutoring math

      Keni avatar Keni | May 04, 2019 21:00:51
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      I listened to the audiobook ~3 months ago. Good but not as good as Antifragile.

      Abe avatar Abe | May 05, 2019 13:13:12
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