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I've been in the education business since 1992. I've been working with students one-on-one and in small groups ever since. Because of this, I have learned a multitude of subject areas because I always want to be able to help, no matter the subject. I have also learned how students learn. This is most helpful in my business, because this allows me to tailor-make lessons to fit specific learners.
Over the years, I've developed techniques and styles that are unique to me and my brain. Yet, each time I show a new student a new technique, the light bulb comes on, and the student is always grateful. That makes me a very happy tutor. I would not have stayed in this business if I didn't love what I do and if I wasn't good at what I do.
Building successful students starts with a successful relationship between the student and me. Once we hit the ground running, there will be no stopping us. As long as you are willing to work as a student, you will be successful.
Come, join me on this journey. I'd love to meet you.
Additionally, since graduating from Cal-State Fullerton's school of film, I have found work as a screenwriter. While the screenwriting business is very tough, I understand the intricacies of building a quality script. So in addition to my normal tutoring schedule, I also teach individuals and small classes the art of screenwriting. I have to say, that the sense of accomplishment my students have after completing their first script is worth all of the headaches that screenwriting offers. If you're interested, just ask.
The ACT math is comprised of Algebra and Geometry concepts. These concepts I deal with daily in my normal experiences with my 1 to 1 students. I have taught Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-calculus and Calculus to classes and individuals. Through this teaching and my interaction with my private students, I have garnered the skills and knowledge necessary to help my students achieve success on the SAT and the ACT, especially in math.
I've been working with both the SAT and ACT in all subject matter. I've seen the tests change and change again, and I can tell you this about the Reading and English sections: they can be beat fairly easily, with a little training. For the reading section, it's all about time. I mean, 40 questions in 35 minutes, and you have to read the passages! Are you kidding? But, it's actually easier than that. The content and analysis are fairly straight-forward and the inferences are very deductive, so they can be beat as well. Let me show you how.
As a photographer, one must learn the tools of his trade. For me, that includes Adobe Photoshop. My camera is great, but when I want to add something a little more to the photos, I turn to Photoshop. When I took up photography, I dedicated myself to learning this program so that I could make each photo the best that it could be. I've learned manipulation of colors, lighting, and filters. I've learned how to add and remove spots in photos. I've learned how fun green and blue screens can be with digital backgrounds. Every tool has a unique application in Photoshop, and I have tricks for many of them. From keyboard shortcuts, to finer application, Photoshop works best when you know what you're doing.
One of the first skills you learn as a student is algebra. Finding unknown values is at its heart and soul. Algebra to me is all about that. The trick is to decipher all the non-sense around the things you're trying to find, and setting up proper equations so that you can find the unknown value you are looking for. Those algebra skills carry on throughout all of math, so it's important to master the fundamentals early on. That is what I help my students understand.
Algebra 2 is all about furthering the concepts students learned in Algebra 1 while applying the reasoning and organizational skills they picked up in Geometry. So, the majority of Algebra 2 is concerned with solving equations, again. However, this time, the approaches are slightly different, elevated. I've worked with many students in the past, and have found that the major areas of struggle include log's, rational functions, matrices and conics. I'm able to help with all this and more!
I studied Biology at Purdue University. It was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and I thought, why not. I focused my emphasis on Genetics and Heredity, especially inherited diseases. I've got a math-based brain, so the probabilities associated with phenotypes and genotypes are always fun. Most Biology courses are about the memorization, but sometimes, processes like ATP production in the Electron Transport Chain, or the Krebs Cycle warrant more explaining. That's where I come in. Everything from Photosynthesis to cell division to taxonomy are all under my knowledge umbrella.
The CBEST is a three-part test. I took this test back in 2001 and passed it with absolutely no problem. The reading is mostly comprehension, which means I can show students how to read for understanding and not just to hear the words. The math section goes through pre-algebra, something I'm very comfortable teaching already. The final part is the essay group. Since I already teach writing on a daily basis, and this was my emphasis for my Bachelor's degree, I know I have this part of the test already down. I'd love to help you get the highest score possible on your CBEST!
In high school, we learn all about chemistry. It's the study of the elements on the periodic table and all of their interactions. But, it's even more than that. I should know. I teach it at my local high school. Everything from atomic structure, to the periodic table, to balancing chemical equations, to electron configuration is covered. But, there are also very cool discussions about where all of this "stuff" came from. The history of chemistry is often more intriguing than people think! Allow me to take you on this journey, and you will see that chemistry is more than just chemicals.
I studied Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Spanish all at the same time in college and held a 4.0 in each semester that I had them. I studied each language for 2.5 years. I also have lived in and have been interactive within my local community, which is mostly Chinese native speakers. My fiancee's family are all from Taiwan, and we converse in Mandarin Chinese almost daily. I have also begun to teach some of my High School students in my classes some of the Mandarin I know so that they too can hold small conversations.
One thing about being a professional in the tutoring industry is knowing how exactly to help each of your students. When your focus is high school aged students, that includes getting them prepared for and into the colleges of their choice. That is part of my business. I have university contacts at several Cal-State, U.C. and private Universities who help me each year with guiding my students along the correct path to achieve success. Since success is different for each student, these paths must be tailored to fit. That is what college counseling is all about. Using the knowledge and tools that my contacts provide, I help each student along his or her individual path, from choosing the correct preparatory courses, to taking the SAT's or ACT's, to the college essays. Everything is included in this package called: College Counseling.
Part of understanding how to cook, is understanding your ingredients. This is a lesson I learned early on from my mother, who rose through the ranks to become head chef at a restaurant. I, for one, understand how the quality of ingredients that you use in your cooking dictates the level of flavor the food will have. I have worked extensively since first learning this from my mother, to understand each ingredient that I use in my cooking. From fresh herbs and spices to fresh vegetables and proteins, each gives its own unique flavor to the final product. It is up to the chef to balance these levels of flavor. I have learned the proper balance of flavors, the right amount of spices and the proper techniques and knife skills that make a dish the best that it can be. Can you tell me the difference between braising and stewing? How about the proper temperature to make that steak a perfect mid-rare? Do you know the dangers of undercooked poultry? What's the difference if I start with a hot pan versus a cold one? All this and more I can show you. Please, join me in a culinary adventure.
For the past three years I have not only been tutoring students one-on-one, but I have also been substitute teaching in two local private schools. For the last two years, I have been at St. Marks Lutheran School, here in Hacienda Heights, working with students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The teachers at this school have very rigorous lesson plans and specific time-lines for their materials to be taught. One cannot expect to be a successful substitute teacher with this school unless he knows his material. I attribute my being called back constantly, directly to my abilities to actually teach the material that the teachers are giving me. Because of my success in the classrooms, I have remained one of four substitutes that the administration relies on when it needs a qualified substitute. At this school I have taught English, Reading, Math, Religion, and Social Studies.
Elementary math is all about mastering the basics. This begins with basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Once that's good, we move to fractions, decimals and percents. This is where most students have some trouble. But, with the right teaching, they can see just how easy those concepts are. Learning proper measurements and operations with those is important here as well. At times, and in some classes, there is even a hint of pre-algebra. It's usually a fill-in-the-blank sort of thing, but it's all about the concept.
English is one of the hardest languages in the world to get down perfectly. Ask any foreigner and they will tell you, the rules change from word to word, and the pronunciation changes too. But, if you've got a keen depth of knowledge of how the language actually works, it just takes practice to master it. I've been working with English (reading, writing, literature) for over 20 years now from pre-K to adult foreign students. I know what students lack when it comes to English: structure, syntax and grammar rules. Once you have these fundamentals down, and start to build a vocabulary, you're off and running!
When I started out in the tutoring business in 1992, the only students I worked with were those learning English. This included pre-schoolers who had not yet learned to read and foreign students from China, Korea, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam. The company I worked for built up a strong reputation in these communities for being experts with these English learners. As a result, my daily schedule was constantly full. I quickly became one of the most popular tutors in the clinic because I learned with the students. I learned how they learned, and what techniques worked effectively, and which did not. This has formed the foundation of what I've built today.
In 2008, I graduated from Cal-State Fullerton with my second degree, this time in Radio-TV-Film. I specialized in writing for film and television, but my scope of knowledge is not limited to that. I understand more than story structure and screenplays. I understand production as well. This was the second most interesting part of my studies, so much so, that I interned at the Bravo Network for 6 months where I got to work side-by-side with the VP of production, the VP of development and the VP of programming. That was an awesome six months. I've learned so much because of that, that I know I can help anyone interested in Film or Television.
At Purdue, my major consisted of Biology classes that ranged from general biology to taxonomy to biochemistry. But, none of these compared to my Genetics classes. I have a fondness for Genetics and therefore made it my emphasis while at University. Some people think that the Punnent square is what genetics is all about, but it's so much more. Genetic probabilities, mutations, cell division as it regards DNA and RNA, and inherited diseases are still more. I got into genetics because of a friend's genetic disease. This is what fuels my passion for it.
Geometry is not just about shapes and areas, as the common misconception goes. Geometry is about logical thinking. It's about training your mind to understand the process of reasoning, in a logical manner. To do this, you learn theorems, and postulates, and definitions that are worded in such a way as to help you get that idea. The proofs you do along the way are meant to help you organize those thoughts into relevant, logical paths of thinking. Once you get this, Geometry becomes easier and easier.
My experience in martial arts has been ongoing since 1979. I have studied Karate, Jeet Kun Do, JiuJitsu and Tae Kwon Do. In Tae Kwon Do specifically, I have attained the rank of Master, which the organization gives to all 4th dan black belts who continue to study the art. I have worked with the Marine Corps and their families teaching the art and self-defense. Recently I received a position as professor of martial arts from a local university. My current ranking in Tae Kwon Do is 5th dan black belt. I am also an official instructor and referee in Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do.
Photography is about about three things: Equipment, Education,and Artistry. I have successfully learned and taught each of these areas to my students in the past, and yearn for more. Equipment is all about the camera and lighting, and understanding how each works with the other. Once you figure this out, the rest is easy. Education deals with learning not only the functions of your equipment, such as aperture opening and shutter speed, but also the various software tools available, such as Adobe Photoshop. Finally, Artistry is all about your eye, and how you see the world, and then making that come out in your photographs. Should you choose color? Black and White? Sepia? It's up to you. Please, allow me to help guide you in those decisions. I've been shooting amateur and professional photographs for several years now. I use a Canon T1i as my DSLR and would love to show you how to use yours.
Pre-Algebra is all about learning the language of Algebra. To do this, I've helped many students understand how things such as fractions, percents, basic operations and word problems can be sorted out through the tools offered within Algebra. When a student sees how to properly read a problem, and that the concepts repeat themselves, constantly, they often catch right on and can answer their own questions after that. For Pre-algebra success, it's all about learning the fundamentals of the language of Algebra.
Precalculus is the stage of math that is supposed to prepare you to take Calculus, whether in high school or college. I've taught precalculus for over 20 years now. I know the best ways of pointing out how to to solve trig functions, examining a graph the "calculus" way, and reviewing the algebra you'll need to be successful in calculus. There's more to precalculus than just solving equations; there's a way of thinking involved as well.
When I began in the tutoring business, back in 1992, my only students were young students from pre-school to 1st grade who were having difficulty reading or just learning to read. I worked with them on phonics and word recognition and even some reading skills and comprehension (as much as can be done at that age). Each of my students achieves success because I work hard at ensuring they do, and they work hard at reaching their goals. Learning to read and understand what you are reading can be easy, with the right teacher.
The S.A.T. Math section...What can we say. Well, it covers all manner of concepts from all of Algebra and Geometry. But, what it doesn't do is ask you these question in a straight-forward manner. The makers of the S.A.T. know that students know how to solve equations, so they will not usually ask such simple things. Instead, they will ask about the concept of solving. They will test students to see if they can manipulate equations rather than solve them. So, for the S.A.T. math, it's all about what you can see in a problem, not what you can solve from it.
The SAT is a tricky beast, and the reading section is usually the most challenging for most students. I've helped my students, past and present, conquer first, their fears of this section of the test, and second, the test itself. Reading is about two very basic essentials: vocabulary and comprehension. I teach my students how to understand both of these essentials, to the point where they can take their new-found knowledge and apply it not only to the SAT, but also to the work they do in school.
In 1999, I took my first theater class at the college level. Ever since, I've been hooked. I've studied every aspect of the theater from acting, to directing, to lighting, to play writing. I have written over a dozen one-acts and full-length plays and have been involved in producing and set design. I have acted both in theater and on film. I understand what makes for a successful theatrical production and what does not. I have worked with and learned from some of the biggest names in the theater business and use all of that information to help my students understand what theater is all about.
Trigonometry is more than just angles and functions. It's about learning the right way to see the structure of math so that you can succeed in Calculus. Trigonometry involves breaking down diagrams into vectors, understanding the triangles we learned in Geometry more specifically through the Trig ratios, and the relationship between these things and other graphing methods. When you see how it all fits together, Trig isn't really all that hard. There is a lot of information, and it's easy to get behind, but with the right guidance, you'll achieve your success. Let me show you how.
John provided great resources. — John's presentation of basic math principles made me more confident in tackling the dreaded math sections in promotional civil service exams. His detailed explanations on how the correct answer was solved "enlightened" my view of various mathematical processes. Finally, John provided great resources that will be helpful in my continued efforts to improve my math skills. ...
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