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I have been a teacher of math for over thirty years. During those years I have tutored from the young to the IB and AP Calculus students with great success. I have also taught all courses, adapted to changes, and was chosen as a resource specialist to guide teachers from the 6th through 12th grades. My teaching spans areas including the US, Europe and Latin America. This has expanded my ability to work with a diverse learning group of students. I have created new curriculum, always keeping in mind that the student comes first.
My tutoring mission includes building confidence. Next is developing a work ethic that will remain forever, even after school. After I find the individual's areas of knowledge needing a stronger foundation and reinforcement, I try to develop a style of communication and interaction that is unique to the student, promoting strong methods of learning, critical thinking and independent growth. If I am tutoring for a test, such as the SAT, my experience includes holding sessions for many years on Saturdays to review knowledge, SAT practice and also explore areas that students need extra review and special techniques for test taking.
I have been honored with my work as a teacher with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and have been given major grants such as the Toyota-Time Grant for innovative practices with my students. I have worked with many universities such as M.I.T., UCONN and the University of Colorado to strengthen my professional skills for my students. I also encourage honest and active participation from students so that I may reflect and revise on the feedback that my students share.
My greatest honor is that I also brought up two children - one daughter that graduated from West Point and a son that graduated from M.I.T. During their younger years I remained home to be with my children and it also gave me the opportunity to tutor students, from the young to college years. I have learned that tutoring is a combination of techniques that have led to the success of so many students.
Not only is an open relationship important, I encourage communication with parents and teachers at all times. A successful tutor needs to focus on all of the qualities mentioned above to produce a student that learns how to learn and think with confidence!
ACT is similar to the SAT but has a different format and you should pay attention to the schools that you apply to. They might want The ACT instead. The scoring is different but again when you practice enough you can become familiar with the questions and succeed.
Algebra One is the most critical course in school. It is the foundation and a good understanding leads most students to a successful outcome and strong confidence in future courses. It covers the basic skills of linear and quadratic functions but also shows applications that need to be covered and not feared! It is a new language and yet based on our arithmetic. Algebra simply uses an "x" instead of a number.
Algebra 2 is the time in the development of our curriculum that takes the basic skills and puts them into context. More types of functions are introduced and applied during this year. It is important at this time to connect all topics to an overarching understanding of the meaning of each in depth. Work skills are important now, more than ever!
This is not a difficult test but it does cover many topics. This makes it a challenge to many. By practicing and reviewing some topics you may have forgotten or had never seen, a person can succeed!
Calculus brings a new concept for students, approaching infinity. It needs a strong foundation but the concepts carry through the course that is basically differentiation and integration. After learning the basic skills, application becomes very important. But the depth of understanding in the course by a student leads to a better prepared thinker on a higher level. You learn to think for yourself, evaluate and not simply memorize. It can be an interesting and sometimes exciting change in Mathematics!
Elementary Math is a wealth of skills that a student needs to understand. But it can be done on a concrete level, meaning using real objects, real topics, and hands on problem solving. They develop this even at a young age and then are not intimidated by the applications that are more abstract in the future. It is the most important part of Mathematics, a language that has skills and thought and most important creativity of application that they can see and use in their lives.
While I was home caring for my children, I taught GED courses in East Hartford, CT for more than 4 years. I had full classes in the evening.
I also taught young women in the East Hartford school system in a group called Head Start that cared for their children while they studied to pass the CT High School Diploma Test. I did this for more than 2 years.
Geometry is a study of our spacial world that surrounds us. It builds a foundation of logic and proofs that is a change from the fundamentals of Algebra. Shapes, relationships in one, two and three dimensions are covered. Algebra is continually reviewed and used throughout the course.
Prealgebra is a very important subject since it is the foundation for a new language, the language of algebra. Since algebra simply imitates your knowledge or how to use and apply numbers, the next step is simply using "x" instead of the number. If you remember this and get a strong foundation, the future challenges will be easier to understand in depth!
PreCalculus is a combination of reviewing Alg. II topics and introducing new ones. It is an important time to practice skills and develop depth in critical thinking!
SAT Math is a combination of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra ll and Trig problems. Many say they are tricky but what they are doing is making students think as well as simply remember some procedures. The best way to get a high score is to practice, practice, practice, because then you start to think the way the writers do!
The topics found in Statistics are a change from the traditional math courses in schools. Application is real and a true understanding of statistics can be applied to a career or simply becoming a well informed citizen in our society that absorbs rapidly increasing information.
I have designed and written an approved AP CollegeBoard Audit for more than one high school for AP Statistics and taught the course with success in high school and community college. I have, during my teaching career, attended many professional development sessions in this area and the continuing use of technology in statistics. The computer programs, the calculator and the understanding of this course are essential components to this course and its applications in our world today.
Trig is a new topic for many students and it is taught very quickly. I love math but can understand the need to get help. It deals with the connection of the sides of a right triangle to the angles. Students usually have worked with each idea on its own.
Now students put this together and it opens up a great tool to apply in the real world. it also takes skill combined with creativity to reach high expectations. All triangles are also introduced and there are many applications that need visual interpretation to help.
More than a tutor - a "real" math coach — Our son was doing OK in math, but there was something missing. Just as good athletes need a coach to become better, we talked with him and suggested a math coach. Understanding the analogy, he was open to giving it a try – what a difference. He went from good in math to exemplary, recently receiving a merit citation as one of the best 8th grade math students in his middle school – he’s a seventh g ...
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