# PrepNow Tutor - Astrit I.

Astrit I. graduated summa cum laude with his BS in mathematics and a minor in physics from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, now NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering. As a student there, he received both the George Bachman Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Mathematics and the Principal Scholarship and made the National Dean's List all four years. Astrit enjoys the journey of thinking outside of the box and solving challenging problems with his students.

After graduation, Astrit started his career as a software engineer in NYC, then spent over a decade teaching AP math classes in his hometown in Montenegro, where he received the Teacher of the Year award at his high school. For the past two years, he has been pursuing an actuarial career and has completed two of the preliminary exams. He plans to sit for the third exam this fall. As a freelancer, Astrit presently provides one-on-one and online training for the first two introductory exams offered by the Society of Actuaries, including probability and financial mathematics.

While an undergraduate, Astrit pursued his early interest in working with students through a position as a private one-on-one tutor for a Brooklyn-based company. As a professional, post-graduation, he has accrued thirteen years of high school classroom experience, teaching about 150 students each school year in classes of twenty-five. Astrit's courses taught include algebra I, geometry, algebra II/trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus.

When asked to describe his approach, Astrit says, "I strive to reduce the math anxiety in the classroom, allow my students to generate independent mathematical ideas, and ignite intellectual curiosity through investigative problems. We all need a chance to shake things up and create something." Astrit likes to employ a proactive approach, involving each of his students in the lesson and inviting their contributions. He understands that math can be intimidating for many students and says, "I like to joke a lot during my lessons. The subject itself can be daunting and serious, and jokes relax the students, which produces more fruitful results in the end."

As a student himself, Astrit was a member of the American Mathematical Association at Polytechnic University. When he's not crunching numbers now, he is an avid fisherman who loves connecting to mother earth on the open water.