Algebra 1
Algebra 1 is the first big hurdle to a technical career. It's really the ABCs of mathematics. The introduction of variable-based math is essential. A tutor can help smooth out the bumps. But with a solid foundation in prealgebra, algebra should hopefully be like more of the same.
I have used algebra in school and throughout my career. I have tutored students to help them with a smoother ride in algebra 1.
Topics include: simplifying and evaluating expressions, order of operations,...
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Algebra 2
Algebra 2 is a state college and university requirement. So it's very important to get a good grade in this class.
It introduces trigonometry. Topics include equations and functions, factoring, graphing, conics (including quadratics), matrices, polynomials, and logarithms.
I have helped in tutoring a number of students in Algebra 2. And have used it as a way to prepare for trigonometry and calculus.
Geometry
Geometry is really fun to learn and I like it as a tutor. A good grounding in geometry is very useful in everyday life. It is a stepping stone to taking higher level math classes like calculus. It is also a high school graduation requirement in California schools so it is important to pass this class. I took geometry in high school and have been using it ever since. I have successfully tutored geometry for the last six years. I am very passionate about tutoring and my students.
If you...
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Prealgebra
Prealgebra is the stepping stone to the world of math, the basis of algebra 1 and following courses. It is necessary for a technical career. I understand that it is uncomfortable for many students. I'd like to make it flow as easily for you as it does for me. If your child has some holes in their math background, let me help fix them now so that they can move comfortably through prealgebra and on into algebra. In my 6 years of tutoring, I have discovered a very strong passion for tutoring and...
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Trigonometry
Trigonometry can be a fun class. It links with precalculus. It is crucial that all the techniques we explore here connect directly with the techniques we see in precalculus and then calculus. Trig has many applications in physics and engineering.
Approached properly it is relatively easy to learn. I've been a tutor for six years and have had success in raising students' grades and their focus and interest in the subject. I tell my students that this is maybe the easiest and most fun...
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SAT Math
I understand how frustrating math can be, and I aim to make the SAT math test questions less confusing. I have taught SAT prep to a number of students, teaching not only the subjects found in the SAT math test, but also the techniques to maximize your SAT score. I help students to recognize the categories of problems and to choose the best techniques from their "memory bank".
The SAT math questions are similar in type and form from test to test. So practice does make a difference....
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SAT Reading
I help prepare students for all sections of the SAT by teaching those skills and techniques which help them score higher. It does require extensive practice and effort to become fluent with these techniques. I currently tutor SAT test preparation to a number of students. The total number of questions you can finish on SAT tests will normally be severely limited by the time allowed. I recommend a minimum of 6 hours per test or 18 hours if you are doing all 3 tests. The amount of time really depends...
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SAT Writing
Here is an overview of the Writing test. The SAT Writing test takes 60 minutes, has one essay (25 minutes) and two sections of multiple choice questions (25 min. and 10 min.) The multiple choice sections have three types of questions: identifying sentence errors (18); improving sentences (25); and improving paragraphs (6). The multiple choice questions are mainly concerned with grammar rules and rhetorical skills.
Writing is a skill needed for success in both college and throughout...
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PSAT
I did well enough when I took the PSAT to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship semi finals. I have worked successfully with a number of students preparing for the PSAT. I also have several books giving practice tests and reviewing the knowledge areas needed to do well on the test. Taking a practice pre-test and another one at the end of tutoring helps to see what areas need the most work and progress made during the tutoring. It helps to advance confidence and reduce the stress level when...
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ACT Reading
The ACT Reading section lasts 35 minutes with 40 questions. There will be four reading passages of about 800 words each. There is always one prose fiction passage, one social science passage, one humanities passage, and one natural science passage. After reading each passage, you have 10 questions to answer. One technique is to read the questions first to have a better idea what to be looking for as you read the passage.
I have helped prepare students for all sections of ACT. I teach...
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ACT English
I help prepare students for all sections of ACT. I teach not only the subjects, but I will train you how to choose the best techniques to upgrade your score. For ACT English,Reading and Writing parts I like to start with a practice test to be able to analyze the weak areas and then focus on them with basic review and additional practicing of solution techniques. Then I follow up with assigning additional test questions or entire practice tests. This allows practicing of the techniques and keeping...
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ACT Math
I help prepare students for all sections of ACT. I will train you how to chose the best techniques and strategies to increase your score. ACT measures academic achievement. There's more to mastering this test than just improving math skills. The test-makers themselves admit that you can increase your score by preparing for the test. It does require extensive practice and hard work to become fluent with these techniques. Working with an experienced tutor for 4-6 hours can streamline your quest...
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ACT Science
The ACT Science Reasoning Test requires NO specific scientific knowledge. (Surprised?) You will be asked to understand and make sense of six sets of scientific information that will be presented in graphs, charts, tables, and research summaries. Also you will have to make sense of one disagreement between a couple of scientists. These are qualities or techniques that will be useful the rest of your life because as an informed reader you will have to analyze scientific articles written in newspaper...
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Elementary Math
Struggling in math? I have 6 years of experience helping students being successful at it. In math all too often students find themselves falling behind in grasping important concepts even while the teacher needs to move on to topics which build upon the earlier concepts. I work to fill in those gaps so that students' continued success is assured. I have found that I am very passionate about tutoring and the students. I always try to give the parents more than they expect.
I take pride...
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Elementary Science
My educational background is in physics and math. I love helping my students understand and grow to love science. I have found that I have am strongly passionate about tutoring and my students.
Starting with homework assignments, I check how well they understand and can recite back to me what they have gone over in class. My driving goal is to make learning both informative and fun. A student having fun in their work is going to learn much faster than one plodding through the same work...
Elementary (K-6th)
In my 6 years of tutoring I have helped numerous students in G1-6. I have helped a 2nd grader in math to progress 2 1/2 years in 30 sessions. (As measured by pre- and post-testing.) One of my specialties is study skills which often helps students get organized when they are having trouble in several subjects at one time. This usually helps raise confidence once the student gets in control. I have found that I am extremely passionate about tutoring and my students.
I am experienced working...
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Phonics
I have spent about 3 years teaching phonics at the K-2 level. I didn't learn phonics until I was in my 40s! I remember struggling with reading in the 3rd grade.
In the past I have taught phonics to students from K through 3rd grade.
Study Skills
I have had and developed good study skills as a tutor, but especially as a grad student getting my Ph.D. Study skills are methods to increase a student's ability to study smarter and retain information over a longer period of time. I would put it that I am experienced in correcting a students disorganization.
Some of the areas are time management, organization, note taking skills, test taking strategies, establishing study habits,keeping motivation high, and removing any negative mindsets,...
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CBEST
I have taught test preparation for the CBEST for two years. I am CBEST certified, having passed on the first try with no problems on any of the three sections. The CBEST was designed to test basic proficiency in math, reading, and writing.
I have become an effective coach and tutor. I will review with you the full set of basic skills required to pass the test on your first try. Testing strategies will be covered. For example, I will give you 3 novel approaches to different types of...
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