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Algebra 1

In Algebra 1, I encourage students to use what they already know, and then we try together to fill in the gaps.

Once students understand a concept, my motto is "practice makes perfect." I try to make sure they have done enough problems to master one section before they go to the next. This is not only true with doing homework but also with studying for quizzes and tests.

I have tutored Algebra 1 for over 13 years, and I would like to help you or your child improve.

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Algebra 2

I have tutored Algebra 2 for close to ten years in a row, to both high school and college students. (In college, Algebra 2 is usually called "College Algebra.")

When I tutor math, including Algebra 2, I play the role of both a coach and a teacher: I encourage students to use their current knowledge and understanding to figure out the problems, but I also help break down the problems into simpler, "digestible," parts.

I believe that practice makes perfect, so I try to make...
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Geometry

I have tutored high-school geometry one-on-one for most of the last thirteen years, and I started tutoring elementary geometry years before that.

I play the role of both a coach and a teacher; I encourage students to use their current knowledge and understanding to figure out the problems, but I also help break down the problems into simpler, "digestible," parts. I also encourage students to draw out the problems and to mark them up if it makes them easier to understand and solve. Furthermore,...
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Prealgebra

I have probably tutored pre-algebra more than any other type of math during my life as a tutor, not only because of my ten or more years tutoring the formal "pre-algebra" class, but also because of my more than twenty years tutoring the topics of pre-algebra that begin in the earliest school years and continue through higher math in high school and college. The actual pre-algebra class is sort of a checkpoint (Have you mastered your basic math?) and a launching pad (Now let's prepare for the years...
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Precalculus

I have tutored Pre-Calculus for several years in a row. Some of the topics I have tutored include: graphing and analyzing polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; vectors and matrices; trigonometry; conic sections; and introductions to limits, derivatives, and integrals.

I have helped with homework, studying for tests, and doing projects. I have also taught it twice by myself (no other teacher involved) at a high school in Santa Fe Springs. I had to choose what to teach,...
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Reading

Understanding, understanding, and understanding. Those are the three most important words in the subject of reading. Of course, it takes skill and training to more fully understand what one reads, so I will summarize my experience helping students achieve that level:

I have tutored reading to students from the level of kindergarten through high school for about ten years. For the youngest students, I have taught phonics (how to pronounce each letter or combination of letters in words),...
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Trigonometry

I have been tutoring trigonometry and other classes which contain trigonometry (geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus) for about 11 years in a row. Personally, I used trigonometry in almost every math class I took, from around 10th grade through my junior year in college, earning an A in every course, as I completed my math minor.

I teach each part of trigonometry carefully, because it is packed with new concepts, and students can easily get confused along the way. I try to make sure they...
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Writing

I have tutored students from kindergarten through college in writing for about fifteen years. I help them write sentences, paragraphs, compositions, essays, and thesis papers. In other words, I help with the simplest to the most complex assignments.

No matter what level, I help students with their spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. For sentences, I help them to learn and work on the proper structure of sentences, using the seven parts of speech correctly. For paragraphs, I work with...
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English

After math, English is the subject I am most qualified to tutor. I have tutored English and its components (writing, spelling, grammar, reading/phonics, and reading comprehension) for close to fifteen years. I have helped students to write words, sentences, paragraphs, and entire essays (including thesis papers). Because of its writing component, English is involved in almost all subjects, I have been able to help others write and/or edit their written work in other subjects as well.

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SAT Math

On the SAT, including SAT Math, I first get an idea of where the student is at, then work on his/her weaknesses using sample questions. Then it is all about tips and practice. Depending on the amount of time, we do practice test(s) or portions of practice test(s) together, and I give tips to succeed on each section. I also recommend that the student take practice test(s) on his/her own time (free of charge). When he/she returns, we continue practicing until I feel comfortable that he/she will...
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SAT Reading

On the SAT, including SAT Reading, I first get an idea of where the student is at, then work on his/her weaknesses using sample questions. Then it is all about tips and practice. Depending on the amount of time, we do practice test(s) or portions of practice test(s) together, and I give tips to succeed on each section. I also recommend that the student take practice test(s) on his/her own time (free of charge). When he/she returns, we continue practicing until I feel comfortable that he/she will...
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SAT Writing

On the SAT, including SAT Math, I first get an idea of where the student is at, then work on his/her weaknesses using sample questions. Then it is all about tips and practice. Depending on the amount of time, we do practice test(s) or portions of practice test(s) together, and I give tips to succeed on each section. I also recommend that the student take practice test(s) on his/her own time (free of charge). When he/she returns, we continue practicing until I feel comfortable that he/she will...
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Probability

I have tutored probability (and its main parts, combinations and permutations) as part of the courses of several elementary and high school students (about 10-12 students is a good estimate.)

Usually, the elementary students would have word problems requiring probability at the end of each chapter, and the high school students would often have a chapter or part of a chapter on probability.

I helped the students figure out the problems either the long but trusted way (writing...
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Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary math longer than any other subject (for at least 17 years), as most of my students were from a K-8 school before I moved. I had the privilege to teach K-6 students (including a student preparing for kindergarten) everything from basic addition and subtraction to the skills needed for Pre-Algebra.

The following are some of the major tasks and most challenging feats for many elementary (K-6) math students: memorizing and understanding the basic facts of addition,...
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Elementary Science

For about 12 years, I tutored several students in K-8 science. Among other things, I taught the basics of Earth Science (geology, weather, oceans), Life Science (biology, anatomy, plant and animal life), Physical Science (chemistry, physics, and astronomy).

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Elementary (K-6th)

For about 17 years, with the advertising and good word from the principal herself, I tutored students from a school which held kindergarten through 8th grade. I tutored students in each grade and in all available subjects, including: math (basic math through Algebra 1), science (basic science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science), English, reading, phonics, spelling, handwriting (printing), cursive, computers (Microsoft Excel & Word), Elementary Spanish, social studies (cultural...
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COOP/HSPT

I graduated top of my class at Cal State University, Northridge in Fall 1994 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I have tutored the HSPT for over 6 years. I am extremely familiar with the content and the timing for this exam, and I really enjoy tutoring it!!!

The 5 major sections are as follows: Verbal, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language. Verbal contains logic and vocabulary, Quantitative Skills involves numerical patterns, Reading involves...
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Linear Algebra

I have tutored Linear Algebra concepts in Algebra I, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II with Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. I also took Linear Algebra in college, plus a Mechanical Engineering class which used Linear Algebra, and I got an A in both classes.

Specifically for Linear Algebra, I have helped students solve problems, including word problems, by setting up and solving matrices and vectors (one-dimensional matrices). I have helped students add, subtract, and multiply vectors and...
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Logic

Logic, specifically Symbolic Logic (sometimes called Boolean Algebra), uses operations to prove or determine the validity of a statement. The most common operations are NOT, AND, and OR, IF-THEN (conditional), IFF (aka XNOR aka IF-AND-ONLY-IF (biconditional)), and XOR (eXclusive OR). NAND (NOT AND)and NOR (not OR) are somtimes used, especially when designing circuits. Depending on the course, different symbols are used for each of these operators, such as "U" or "+" for "OR". When you combine...
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