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Every student deserves a solid foundation in Algebra 1. This subject is crucial for future academic success. Over the years I have handled dozens of Algebra 1 students and each time I have successfully helped them improve their grades and significantly increased their overall comprehension. Algebra 1 is pretty tedious and demands a lot of attention to detail. Unfortunately, having me there to do every problem can be quite costly over time. This is why I have recently started implementing the now famous Khan Academy into my lessons. I've found that this simple tool can turn a students life around. Using Khan Academy and other internet resources helps me produce maximum results in the minimum amount of time. Over the course of a year, I have not only caught students up to their expected math level, but in some cases gotten them more than six months ahead of their peers.
Over the years Algebra 2 has by far been the most requested subject that I have helped students with. For this reason, I have the most experience with this subject. I could literally teach it with my eyes closed. Like most subjects, I find that the best way to get students caught up to speed is by testing every single concept one could possibly conceive. With a subject like this, it's all about repeat exposure. Introduce the concept, do a problem, then review it later in the lesson. Repeat the process each lesson until the student finally goes AH HA! This concept is important, maybe I should remember it. Anyway, with enough lessons and effort on the students part, I guarantee you'll be seeing A's and B's on the report card where there were once C's and D's...
I have tons of experience teaching chemistry to high school, college level, and MCAT students. There's nothing more satisfying than hearing a student say, "Wow you made that a lot simpler than my teacher made it sound..." This is my goal with every Chemistry topic. Teach the bare essentials, otherwise the trees get lost in the forest. Don't get mixed up thoguh, throw me a curve ball, like "Why does the 4S subshell of chromium not fill up all the way before electrons are added to the 3D subshell," and its more than likely I'll be able to answer your question. Additionally, when requested, I provide students with essential audiobook Chem Lessons that can really help them get the edge...
Over the last few years, I have helped dozens of students regain their footing in Geometry. It has not been uncommon for students getting C's and D's to boost their grades up to A's and B's within 5 or 6 sessions. Geometry is simple, but the problem is many concepts build upon old ones. Students often get left behind, becoming disillusioned and giving up before they have even begun to learn anything. I offset this with my simple teaching style. I break down shapes, equations, and proofs into easy to understand pieces. Each lesson, my goal is to cover everything the student has learned the previous week. Then on top of that I try to introduce every concept the student will learn in the next coming week. This strategy has proven to be effective and given the chance can help your son or daughter excel right past his or her peers...
In a past life, I think I was physicist because I honestly love this subject more than any other. Its by far my favorite subject to teach! There's nothing more rewarding than showing a student how to implement the right equations in just the right ways. I first focus on teaching the conceptual aspects of the topic. Then I move on to the equations. The beginning of each session starts with an equation review (i.e. recollecting equations, recognizing their components, and how to use them in specific instances). I show students that it's all about having a plan of attack and recognizing how to implement units to your advantage. Finally, I provide students with supplementary material (i.e. problems, audiobook files, and books) that they can use to study more effectively in their own free time...
Precalculus is basically a more intensive version of Algebra 2. I often find students going AH-Ha within a few short lessons because everything they learned comes rushing back. This in turn allows them to pick up new concepts with ease because they can contrast it against things they've learned in the past. Whether it be graphs of polynomial functions, partial fractions, polar coordinates, parametric equations, series summation notation, limits, conic sections, or 2d and 3d vectors, I can teach it in a manner that is simple, straightforward, and easy to learn.