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Christopher P.

Credentialed Professional Math Teacher

Costa Mesa, CA (92628)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$35.00
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I'm a 26-year-old educator with a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics and a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach. I have over 5 years of experience in the education field, including both special and general education. I have been a private tutor for over 3 years. I have worked with teens and adults from junior high to college level in the following subjects: Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

So that's some of the technical stuff, but what I thinks makes me exceptionally competent as a tutor is my teaching philosophy. The most important strategy in teaching is positive reinforcement. There is no way to force someone to learn something—learning requires motivation. It turns out that the most successful motivator is not fear, but desire. It also turns out the an extremely common desire for a student is having someone they respect telling them that they are doing a good job. I have not only learned this from university textbooks and working with adolescents, but also from my two years of experience of being an instructional aide for applied behavioral analysis of students with autism. And I can assure that without positive reinforcement, my day job would be a very unhappy and unproductive place.

Of course, there are other virtues in teaching. Patience is one of them. I can thank my day job for that, too. When dealing with difficult students, it takes a high degree of patience to respond appropriately and effectively. Creativity is another important quality. Whether it be a representation of how to solve systems of equations by graphing using sequential computer graphics or coming up with a sci-fi story in order to teach a lesson on measurements and proportions, I have done my share of creative lessons. Age can also be another important factor in teaching. It can be an advantage to be old enough to be an instructor and young enough to relate to students.

All things considered, if you are struggling in math, I'm sure I can help.

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Christopher’s subjects

Algebra 1

I am subject matter certified in this subject via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) as a prerequisite for my credential. I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers this subject. I taught two high school Algebra 1 classes in Long Beach during the Fall 2012 semester. I tutored a junior high school student in Algebra 1 for the 2011-12 school year.

Algebra 2

I am subject matter certified in this subject via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) as a prerequisite for my credential. I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers this subject. I taught Algebra 2 to a high school class in Long Beach during the Fall 2012 semester. I tutored this subject to a high school student during the Fall 2011 semester.

Geometry

I am subject matter certified in this subject via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) as a prerequisite for my credential. I own multiple books and have written several professor-evaluated lesson plans on the subject. I served as a classroom aid helping high school students with this material for the Spring 2011 semester. I earned a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers this subject. I tutored a junior high school student for the 2012-13 school year in this subject.

Prealgebra

I am subject matter certified in this subject via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) as a prerequisite for my credential. I have written a professor-evaluated, extensive lesson plan involving a sci-fi story. I also served as a classroom aid helping middle school students with this material for the Spring 2011 semester. I earned a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers this subject.

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Education

Call State, Long Beach

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 10 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

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