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I hold two master's degrees -- one in applied mathematics, one in physics. I started teaching math in 1999. While many of the intervening years saw me as a part-time adjunct instructor of mathematics, I did enjoy a full-time appointment to the math faculty of Alabama A&M University for 5 of those years. I have also used my skills in industry and government.
I taught just about every undergraduate math course (and actually one graduate geometry course for teachers). I started out teaching introductory statistics and probability for several semesters at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University). I have also taught at UAH, Strayer, and Calhoun. I am familiar with the undergrad curriculum.
I have tutored students from pre-algebra to differential equations, and some students have followed me through their entire undergraduate career: trigonometry, calculus 1-2-3, differential equations, and linear algebra. I foster loyalty by making the student a priority.
I also have a depth and breadth of experience that helps me help you figure many of the WHY's of the math you are tasked to learn.
Drop me a line if you have any questions! I want to help.
I have worked with quite a few students this past year on ACT Math test prep, and my students have been doing well I'm happy to say. I have my own material and welcome other material from the student also. I like to work a lot of questions pinpointing and alleviating weakness and finding time saving strategies.
I had the pleasure of working with a student who was trying to improve their math reasoning for the ASVAB during the fall of 2012. Now I know! I know some nifty pointers that can possibly straighten out lots of the math problems on the ASVAB -- and I'd be happy to help!
I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B at the university level so many times now that I cannot enumerate them. I have also successfully tutored students in Calculus III/C. I LOVE the opportunity and challenge of helping students with their calculus. I have lots of experience here, so I really think I can help!
As a long-time teacher of calculus at the university level, a holder of a specialty in partial differential equations at the master's level in mathematics, and a master's of physics which applied differential equations extensively, I do believe I could help someone with their differential equations!
I have taught Discrete Math once at the freshman level, and I have taught Finite Math several times. In fact, I was a champion of curriculum reform at one university where I was teaching in order to bring a Discrete Math course into our courses. Needless to say, not only do I know a lot about the topics in Discrete Math, but I also enjoy those topics!
Lately I have been helping high school students and a GMAT student with their geometry. I really enjoy it! As a mathematician with an analysis bent, I begin to understand how to construct a SOLID proof ... plus the calculations are FUN, too.
I actually taught one section of a graduate Geometry course for teachers at the university level, too. And having taught linear algebra gives me even more insight into the usefulness of geometry ASIDE from an exercise at proof construction. 8-)
I have just now completed a semester teaching linear algebra, MTH 237, at Calhoun Community College. I definitely believe that I can help someone with this subject now!
At any rate, we covered the basics of solving systems of equations using matrices, determinants, eigenvalue equations, linear transformations, linear independence, and bases and dimension. I also used linear algebra extensively in my physics graduate work so I know I could pick back up on orthogonalization if the need arose!
I have taught logic in many different courses many, many times over these last twelve years or so! Logic was a part of the graduate geometry class I taught and the remedial graduate math class I helped design. I was even helping a home-schooled high school student with logic problems just this past week.
I really enjoy teaching logic because it is a NEW set of symbols and many students look at them with no pre-conceived notions, no baggage like many people have with subjects like algebra. It's a chance at a FRESH start and fun and success in a really different aspect of math (that is, nonetheless, fundamentally what math is all about).
When Alabama started requiring math teachers pass the Praxis, I was teaching at a local university full time in the math department ... and I volunteered to go sit for the exam myself and report to the department on it.
Not only did I sit the exam, not only did I write a report for my department, and not only did I do well enough on it to get an unsolicited commendation from the Praxis committee, but I also went on to offer prep classes for students at my university for the math portion of the Praxis. I feel very qualified to continue doing so!
Okay, my algebra skills are pretty solid (but I had to work hard to get them that way -- I understand YOU because I once was struggling too). So I get to teach Precalculus Algebra (and Trig) a lot. BUT at least as important is the fact that I also teach and have taught CALCULUS a lot! So I really know what you really need to know and why in order to go from PreCal into Calculus with the best toolset!
Probability is NOT intuitive. I find this subject challenging -- so I understand where the student is coming from -- this stuff is NOT self-evident. Let's work through the twists and turns together -- we'll both benefit.
I've taught Introductory Statistics and Probability classes several times at two different local universities! I, too, was AFRAID of statistics until I taught it -- it's totally do-able -- not to mention INTERESTING! Honestly, statistics is an area that every good citizen should be getting themselves educated in! So That You Cannot Be Fooled By Statistics Ever Again!
One of the first undergraduate math courses I taught was trigonometry and I have taught at least two sections of trig every year in the intervening 10 years or so. I really enjoy trig, and with my heavy calculus background, I really know what you need to take away from trig to your next course and why. I also have enough experience to see where problems occur and good ways to help straighten them out! 8-)
The Best Tutor in North Alabama — In pursuit of my business degree, I was forced to take Calculus from UAH. Math has always been my weakest subject. It had been five years since I had taken Algebra, and on my own, I have no doubt that I would have struggled to pass the class. While the teacher was flying through calculus lessons, I didn't even understand the basics from prior math courses, which your teacher will likely assume ...
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