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After teaching for two years in college (while I was earning my Master's Degree), I worked in the computer industry for almost 30 years before deciding to move into the education field where I received my Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Math. During my computer years, I worked as an individual contributor, manager, and then Director. Those years gave me wide exposure to people with different skill levels and learning styles. My employees and co-workers always saw the inner teacher in me, and knew that someday I would return to teaching.
A former college student of mine referred to me in an issue of the school's alumni magazine by saying, "He rendered into words what was at first incomprehensible". This is what I believe a teacher does. Finds the proper words to "make the bulb light up". I have a keen understanding of where math students get "stuck" and I know how to render the words that will get them "unstuck".
My life experiences also provide me with the ability to show how areas of math relate to the real world, making the mathematics "come to life".
As a tutor, the first order of business is assess which topics in math are the most problematic for the student. This can be accomplished anecdotally or with a short diagnostic quiz. Lessons are tailored to sharpen the students skills in the weak areas and tuned to the student's learning style. During our sessions, I can reteach the areas in which the student has trouble, and help them with their homework assignments, but not DO their homework.
Students with pets in the house are no problem. In fact, the more, the merrier. Just don't let your pet eat your homework!
While Algebra was formally established as a branch of mathematics over 1,000 years ago, students still find it challenging. What I learned in my early days, was that students needed to adjust their thinking as they approached understanding concepts that used "variables" (the dreaded "x") and not just numbers. Once I helped students make that shift, learning Algebra became more natural and satisfying. With my professional background in engineering, I lived and breathed Algebra as a way to solve real-world problems, and now enjoy developing these skills in others.
Geometry is the branch of mathematics that explores the properties of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. We will learn how to measure them, compare them, and understand their usefulness for various physical applications. Together we will explore how various geometric shapes that surround us were picked and the traits that made them suitable. We will also develop critical thinking skills by writing formal proofs, which involve step-by-step assertions to prove a conclusion, while providing mathematical justification for each step. Having at first struggled as a student of Geometry, I have first-hand knowledge of where students tend to stumble and know how to help students overcome the obstacles.
Dedicated tutor — Michael has helped my son with immensely with his Algebra. He is very patient and engaging . He really takes the time to make sure that each aspect is understood. I highly recommend Michael! ...
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