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Ray, the Math teacher

San Rafael, CA (94903)

Travel radius
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$50.00
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Hi folks-

My name is Ray D. and I have been tutoring, primarily in Elementary Mathematics, for more than five years. I use a variety of materials, depending upon the needs of the student. I use manipulatives as an entry to new topics, literature for those who respond to books, and worksheets when the time is right.
I have been an elementary teacher for 12 years. Along with "general studies" in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades, I have taught math in all grades from first to sixth. My tutoring experience has normally been with students who lack confidence more than they lack mathematical skills. I try to make the teaching environment fun and relaxing.

I believe that any student who feels that math is too "difficult", or even scary, just has an extra obstacle to overcome. That is why I prefer a relaxed atmosphere in which to build the confidence of the student.
Based on my experience, and successes, that your experience working with "Mr. D." will yield the results you are hoping to achieve.

Thank You,
Ray D.

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Ray’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Statistics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Statistics, Study Skills
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, Statistics
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Algebra 1

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, narrow down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving.

This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests.
I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Ray and I have been an elementary (grades 1 - 6) teacher for nearly 12 years. While I have been specializing in tutoring for math, I have also tutored in writing and reading skills.
As an example, my 2nd grade class recently completed their "Book Club" work on a Cam Jansen story called "Can Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery." When we return from break, I will be starting a new book, "The Great Cheese Conspiracy", with focuses on vocabulary, chapter summaries, and inferential skills.
Our math work is now focused on multiplication and division, the emphasis being in developing their Mental Math skills.

Thank you for considering me as a tutor for your child.

Ray

Elementary Math

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, and then narrowing down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving.
This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests.
I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."

Phonics

Recently, my 2nd grade class worked on using double consonants. The lesson involved a simple rule (we don't worry about exceptions with the younger grades):
A short vowel word gets a double consonant when you add -ed or -ing.
A long vowel word gets a single consonant when adding -ed or -ing.

The example used involves two words, "hop" and "hope."

Hop becomes "hopped" and "hopping", while hope becomes "hoped" and "hoping."

We then brainstormed single syllable words where we could apply this rule, then made sentences that use at least two of the words.

With practice, their spelling and reading improves as they get used to seeing these words written within text.

Ray D.

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Education

CSU San Bernardino

CSU San Bernardino, CA (MBA)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Travel policy

Ray will travel within 30 miles of San Rafael, CA 94903.

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