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Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics-editing software program, part of the Adobe Creative Suite. A variety of tools with multiple image-editing functions are the key elements of this software. These tools typically fall under the categories of drawing; painting; measuring and navigation; selection; typing; and retouching. Photoshop is a powerful tool which can be used to do much more than retouch photographs. The user has the ability to manipulate graphic images and type. Files can be saved in a wide variety of formats.
Algebra 1
Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.
Algebra 2
Algebra 2 expands and builds on the concepts learned in Algebra 1. Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically and think critically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.
Elementary Math
Elementary mathematics consists of mathematics topics frequently taught at the primary school level. The most basic topics in elementary mathematics are number sense, arithmetic and geometry. Students learn basic operations and are expected to memorize math facts such as common sums or products. Long division is learned during the primary years and an introduction to basic problem solving is also included. Elementary mathematics is used in everyday life in activities such as making change, cooking, and buying in a store. It is also an essential step on the path to understanding science. In elementary mathematics, the student begins to learn how to think mathematically and correctly interpret data.
English
Mastering the basics of using the English language is essential for any student, or any speaker of another language who hopes to be gainfully employed.
I am competent in teaching writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, syntax and spelling.
Geometry
Geometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes such as rectangles or circles (plane geometry) or 3-D solids in space (solid geometry) and their properties. It also includes learning deductive proof – which requires the student to be able to think linearly and employ supporting statements when justifying an argument. Example: demonstrating that two triangles are congruent (or similar) using given information, plus supporting postulates or theorems.
Grammar
Grammar is the structure and system of a language. In English, there are eight parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections). Grammar also includes what is called syntax, which is a set of rules related to the way words and phrases are arranged in a sentence, in order for it to make sense.
Macintosh
I am very experienced in use of a Macintosh computer, having used one for over 20 years. I am an expert in understanding and use of the operating system, OS X. I can effectively guide any new users, or users switching from Windows. I am also qualified in supporting users in the use of all built-in Apple applications (Mail, Contacts, Preview, Calendar, Dictionary, iPhoto, iTunes, System Preferences, etc.).
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is the most commonly used "word processor" software in the world. Word processing is a very powerful way to compose and edit any written task you have to accomplish. There are basic skills to be learned at the start – with these you can begin to use the software right away. But Word has many powerful features that can be added on as you wish, as you proceed to learn how to use the software. These include things like tables, columns, and inserting graphics. You can even use Word to do what is called a "Mail Merge" – personalizing form letters with each recipient's name, address and other information.
Prealgebra
Algebra 1 is the foundation for all mathematics that comes after it. It is essential for students to master concepts, properties and rules, but more important for them to learn to think mathematically. I take a problem solving approach, teaching students how to ask questions. Learning how to ask the right questions is one of the best paths to becoming a successful student of mathematics.
Precalculus
Pre-Calculus builds upon Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry, and lays the groundwork for advancing into Calculus. The topics include, among others: coordinate geometry, polynomials, functions, logarithms, polar coordinates, conic sections, vectors and determinants, probability and statistics. Finally, the introduction to Calculus introduced the concept of the limit.
SAT Math
The SAT Math Level 1 test is a one-hour multiple choice test given on algebra, geometry, basic trigonometry, algebraic functions, elementary statistics and a few miscellaneous topics. A student chooses whether to take the test depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools in which the student is planning to apply. The SAT Math Level 2 test covers more advanced content.
Study Skills
To be an effective student, it is important to have a complete set of tools in your student "toolbox." These tools include keeping your materials organized and always appearing in class with all the necessary requirements. Tools also include an organized system of study. This can differ greatly with the subject matter being studied. In all subjects, knowing key terms is essential. Paraphrasing key ideas is also a must. Studying should begin with getting a quick overview of the section at hand, then going back and reading the material section by section. Use of a highlighter or taking notes is helpful.