If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable math tutor with lots of patience, enthusiasm, and energy, look no further. I love math but I also love working with students to help them attain their goals in math -- goals ranging from understanding algebra or overcoming math anxiety to becoming an expert at problem solving or making a high score on the SAT Math Level 2... and everything in between.
I have tutored hundreds of students over the past 19 years. In addition to teaching the usual high school math subjects and SAT/ACT Math prep, I have experience in working with non-traditional students, homeschoolers, gifted students, and students who have math anxiety. I have taught junior high, high school, and community college, and I have developed and taught high school courses for homeschoolers. I also was a MATHCOUNTS coach for fourteen years and worked with the award-winning Charlotte Math Club for almost 20 years. I am a very patient person and enjoy working with students who have lots of questions about math.
When working with a new student who needs help with a current math course, I figure out, with the student's help, where he or she began to have difficulty in the course, and then work with the student intensively to build a deep understanding of the material so he or she can become successful in the current math course and in future math courses.
If you want a tutor who genuinely cares about her students and will work hard to help you overcome your difficulties with math, please contact me.
Locations: I will meet with students anywhere in the Bay Area, with preference to San Francisco, and the East Bay. When possible, I also meet with students in Marin County. I live in north Oakland.
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Susan's subjects
Algebra 2
I have extensive experience in tutoring Algebra 2, as well as all the other high school math subjects (including Calculus.) Algebra 2 is one of two or three subjects I tutor most frequently. I have worked with students from a wide variety of curricula and various textbooks, and in all sorts of school settings. Algebra 2 courses vary greatly in content and emphasis, and my experience makes it possible for me to help students with any Algebra 2 course. For example, some Algebra 2 courses include...
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Geometry
Geometry is a subject I have been tutoring and teaching for over 20 years. The high school geometry course is the first time that students encounter a mathematical system being constructed in its entirety: Undefined terms, Defined terms, Postulates (or Axioms) and Theorems (including Corollaries). It is also the first course (and sometimes the only course) in which most students encounter formal Proof. Applications of the concepts in geometry are also an integral part of the course. (These applications...
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Precalculus
Pre-calculus is sometimes considered a non-essential course, but I believe that it is very important to today's math students if they are to succeed at Calculus. It is very similar to Algebra 2, but with more formal language and more depth within every topic. Also, because some of today's Algebra 2 courses do not include all the topics they traditionally did, pre-calculus will help the student to have a complete understanding of functions, trigonometry, and other topics that are crucial to success...
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Trigonometry
I have over 20 years of experience helping students with Trigonometry and associated topics such as Logarithms and Vectors. I use both the unit circle and the right triangle approaches to learning about the trigonometric ratios, as appropriate to the situation. Beyond these basic ideas, study of trigonometry has three main parts: identities, in both proofs and equation solving; trig functions and their graphs; and applications of trigonometry. However, often a trigonometry course also includes...
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SAT Math
I have extensive experience tutoring math on the high school level (through Calculus) and helping students prepare for the SAT. I have developed a series of problem sets for extra practice in typical areas where students have difficulty on the SAT, and I select from these to tailor my tutoring to the needs of the particular student. I also use the College Board's test prep book with my students. So far the students with whom I have worked on SAT prep have had great results. As a bonus, our practice...
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