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Chris S.

I tutor all math up to Calculus III, also test prep. (ACT/SAT)

Arcata, CA (95521)

Travel radius
3 miles
Hourly fee
$30.00
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I first started tutoring at my community college and became a CRLA certified tutor after a school years worth of training. I believe I have been such a successful tutor, because I love tutoring students in math for so many reasons. Tutoring students in higher math classes is my favorite because I get to help them understand the more complicated processes, though, I also love the challenge of breaking down more simple math concepts into thorough, well-thought-out, and comprehensive explanations when tutoring students in lower division math courses.

Having experienced the extreme diversity of learning styles, I can adapt to meet the specific needs of my tutees, which is another one of my favorite aspects of tutoring. After the hundreds of appointments I've had, I still respect the fact that the learning experience works both ways: while I help students learn the subject, they are helping me learn how to adapt and focus my teaching methods to fit their style of learning, conversing, and connecting! If my students aren't having an enjoyable experience, even while learning the dreaded mathematics, then I am not doing my job right. Probably the best part to me about tutoring is witnessing students' gratefulness after a job well done, or when they tell me they didn't score a 30/30 on a quiz... but they got a 35!

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Chris’s subjects

ACT Math

ACT math covers rudimentary topics from middle and high school. Strong understanding of these topics have been necessary for success in proceeding math courses. My job especially requires me to know these topics well enough to teach them to a wide range of students with varying knowledge bases.

Algebra 1

I started learning algebra in middle school, but I think I took algebra 1 1st year of highschool. Basic algebraic concepts are the building block for all higher math courses. Also, I have strengthened my memory of all these concepts through tutoring.

Algebra 2

Like Algebra 1, Algebra 2 is crucial for any other higher math course. I feel my knowledge of Algebra and tutoring metheds for the topic are exemplar. This is because of the practice I've had through schooling plus tutoring.

Calculus

I have passed Calculus 1-3 with not much trouble, receiving A's and a B. Calculus is fun to tutor because it is surprisingly easy to recall after having a semester. I am very confident in my ability to tutor calculus because I have tutored students in it previously and as time goes on it gets easier to make more thorough and precise explanations.

Geometry

I like tutoring geometry because its like a game of logic and puzzles to me. Once I can get a student to be comfortable with some of the nomenclature their progress usually skyrockets because I can breakdown the problems and make them fun even. I find geometry is easy to tutor because of its real world applicability.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is actually not the easiest to tutor. Most students I have tutored in prealgebra have some difficulty in math, so the challenge is to break it down to the most simple terms. One skill that I am proud to have acquired is to teach something from a multitude of different aspects, because some ways of thinking just don't click for some people.

Precalculus

Precalculus is basically an extension of Algebra 1 and 2, which I am very comfortable with. I like tutoring precalc because, having taken calculus, I know exactly why certain topics are included in the curriculum. My knowledge of calculus lets me know how to help students learn precalc in a way that will prepare them best for calculus.

SAT Math

SAT math covers rudimentary topics from middle and high school. Strong understanding of these topics have been necessary for success in proceeding math courses. My job especially requires me to know these topics well enough to teach them to a wide range of students with varying knowledge bases.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a very integral part of calculus (bu dum tssss), so it has been reinforced a lot to me. Like geometry, there is a bit of nomenclature, and also a lot of memorization. Once you can get a student past that, it can become all fun and games, logic and puzzles.

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Education

Humboldt State University (Physics)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 3 miles of Arcata, CA 95521.

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