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Christopher P.

Costa Mesa, CA

$35/hr

Credentialed Professional Math Teacher

Background check passed as of 7/12/14
Usually responds in about 5 hours

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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.

English:
English
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I am subject matter certified in this subject via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers this subject. I have experience teaching this subject in a whole class setting, as well as tutoring at the one-on-one level. I have a total of over three years of experience in teaching this subject.

Algebra 2

I am subject matter certified in Algebra 2 via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers Algebra 2. I have experience teaching Algebra 2 in a whole-class, high school, as well as tutoring at the one-on-one level. I have a total of over three years of experience in teaching Algebra 2.

English

I studied philosophy at California State University, Long Beach and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in the subject. My courses included intensive training in reading and writing, with an emphasis on analysis and argumentation. I am also certified to teach basic English via the California Basic Educational Skills test.

Geometry

I am subject matter certified in Geometry via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers Geometry. I served as a classroom aid helping students with Geometry in a high school setting. I have experience tutoring Geometry at the one-on-one level. I have a total of over two years of experience in teaching Geometry.

Prealgebra

I am subject matter certified in Prealgebra via the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). I have a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics that covers Prealgebra. I served as a classroom aid helping students with Prealgebra in a middle school setting. I have experience tutoring Prealgebra at the one-on-one level. I have a total of over three years of experience in teaching Prealgebra.

SAT Math

I have tutored high school and middle school mathematics for over three years. I have a California Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. My credential qualifies me to teach all middle school and high school math subjects from Pre-Algebra to Calculus.

Call State, Long Beach

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.


About Christopher

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.

Education

Call State, Long Beach

Education

Call State, Long Beach


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Christopher’s Subjects

English:
English
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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