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Ray D.

Ray, the Math teacher

San Rafael, CA (94903)

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Ray's Tutoring Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.
Corporate Training:
Grammar
Statistics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1 more »
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Geometry
Prealgebra
Reading
Statistics
Study Skills
Special Needs:
Phonics more »
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th) more »
Elementary Math more »
Grammar
Phonics more »
Reading
Spelling
Study Skills
Vocabulary
Math:
Algebra 1 more »
Geometry
Prealgebra
Statistics
English:
Grammar
Reading
Vocabulary

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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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