You may have heard before that "Math is a foreign language." Reading a math textbook is like reading Greek (we use enough of those letters to make that partially true), where numbers become letters and symbols communicate large amounts of information. Students often end up feeling like tourists, getting ripped off in their education. But if your child felt like he/she could "speak" that language, imagine the confidence he/she would gain, the success he/she would feel.
I have tutored and taught math since I was a student myself. I began tutoring kids in the neighborhood as a student in high school and earned a living in college helping my peers with their algebra, statistics and calculus. I graduated from the Barrett Honors College at ASU Summa cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in pure Mathematics. Then I got a "real" job behind a desk and kept just a few tutoring clients on the side. When I realized that I liked teaching math in the afternoons a lot more than what I did behind that desk, I went back to ASU to earn my Masters in Education, along with my teaching certificate. Since then, I have taught Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus BC in both public and private schools.
My teaching style is getting students to "speak math." I encourage a lot of talking and we draw pictures to get a better understanding of what things look like. I encourage proper vocabulary and often ask my students to explain the concept to me, either through words or a drawing. We don't just "do problems", we communicate, using math. If this is a style that you think could help your student thrive in the classroom, please contact me to make an appointment today!
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