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Chris G.

Math Tutor - High School through College Sophomore

Phoenix, AZ (85001)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$40.00
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My first experience tutoring high school math was during the 60s, when I was an undergraduate. I really liked it and during my first career as an economist I availed myself of any chances that came my way to help neighbors and children of friends and coworkers. I have returned to graduate school and I am pursuing advanced studies in probability theory hoping to make a practical contribution in the area of personal and small firm decision theory. Participation in study groups and the on campus tutoring program reminded me how much I enjoyed working one-on-one with students.

This led me to sign up with online math sites, which do provide valuable services to math students. But they are not as fulfilling as tutoring one-on-one because of their one problem at a time nature. One does not get to see and share in the progress of an individual student.
When I started, paper and pencils or chalkboards were the only aids. Today we have much better tools, but the fundamentals of mathematical learning have not changed. Since retiring from my first career, I have started graduate school

Mastering any element of mathematics requires a certain amount of practice, but drill and repetition before the student has grasped the fundamental concepts is worse than wasted effort. It can eat away at the student’s confidence and turn what should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience into drudgery. I believe that anyone can learn math with the right combination of motivation and guidance. I have seen many students who “hated” math become good and enthusiastic mathematicians.
The three stages of learning any area of mathematics are assessment, explanation and practice. It is crucial to distinguish between what the student knows and where he/she is challenged.

Once the problem areas have been identified, it is time to convey the concepts. Patience and creativity are vitally important here. Often the same concept can be presented analytically, graphically, or through examples drawn from the real world. One can teach anything by breaking it down into an array of simpler concepts and then reassembling the elements into a larger whole. This requires sensitivity. Present the concepts in ‘chunks’ that are too big and they will be incomprehensible. Present them broken down into too much detail and the student will become board and his/her mind will wander. This is where a tutor can be better than even the best books and on-line courses. A tutor can tell when the student ‘gets it’ and it is time to move on. It is very important at this stage to sometimes just let the student ask questions. Students know what they understand and where they need help.

Finally, a certain amount of practice is required to make concepts and techniques sink in. Again the practice should be calibrated to be challenging and fun. Spaced repetition is used to assure the lessons stick. The ideal is to assign problems that enhance the student’s confidence while cementing his/her skills. Some problems should be worked out completely by hand but many can be solved with modern tools such as Wolfram|Alpha and its associated apps or Microsoft Mathematics. Tools that help the student master concepts and techniques without getting bogged down in the details of calculation make learning go faster.
Through high school, I believe in working with parents and providing them with the tools they can use to improve their child’s knowledge and grades. For college students I will recommend an array of tools and techniques.

I love to tutor and look forward to helping you catch my enthusiasm.

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Chris’s subjects

Corporate Training:
C++, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Reading
Computer:
C, C++, General Computer, Java, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Pascal
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
English, Reading, Writing

Algebra 1

I am a graduate math student. I have tutored algebra since the 1970s. I love to work with high school students and college freshmen and sophomores. I bring patience and enthusiasm to tutoring.

Algebra 2

I am a graduate math student. I have tutored algebra since the 1970s. I love to work with high school students and college freshmen and sophomores. I bring patience and enthusiasm to tutoring.

C

I received an A in my college C/C++ class and in more advanced computer science classes such as algorithms and operating systems. I have worked as a programmer in C and assembler and written high level programs in C++. I love to tutor and bring patience and enthusiasm to my teaching.

C++

I received an A in my college C/C++ course and in more advanced courses that used C++ such as algorithms and software design. I have written programs in C++ professionally on my own and as part of a team. I love to program and to reach. I bring patience and enthusiasm to tutoring.

General Computer

In addition to years of experience as a computer user, I have a background in supporting small businesses. I have set up a servers and workstations for pet sitting, insurance and non-profit organizations including support for client billing, accounting and communication. I have worked with both Windows and Linux on the server side and Windows and OSX on the client side.

I also maintain a wiki for a non-profit organization and publish a podcast.

I am familiar with the popular office software and can program in Ruby, Java, C, C++ and ObjC.

Macintosh

I have been a Macintosh user since the 512K model came out and have used Macs both professionally and as an enthusiastic hobbyist. At one time, I had the most popular Mac program on CompuServe and I wrote the Macintosh drivers for a popular line of peripherals.

I am a frequent presenter at the Arizona Macintosh Users Group.

I bring patience and enthusiasm to tutoring. I look forward to learning with you.

Pascal

I have written Pascal programs professionally since the early 1970s, when I worked on a large shipping model for petroleum imports to the US west coast ports. When I started programing, Pascal was a mainframe and minicomputer language, but I followed the transition to personal computers and became familiar with with Turbo Pascal, LightSpeed Pascal and Delphi.

I bring patience and enthusiasm to tutoring and I love to teach.

Prealgebra

I am a graduate student in math. I have been tutoring since the 1970s and used math my whole professional life. I love to teach and bring patience and enthusiasm. I try hard to make math fun for my students.

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Education

Univ. of CA @ Santa Barbara

Ariz. State Univ. (Enrolled)

Great tutor in statistics and probability Chris was very patient and helped me a lot during my semester in probability and statistics. In the beginning of my semester, I was borderline failing my math class in high school and I had a very short time to bring my grade up. Chris helped me learn new ways to understand the material and went over it and made sure I understood it before moving on and because of that my final grade in that class ...

— Amanda from Glendale, AZ on 6/11/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 15 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85053.

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