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Algebra 1

Algebras I&II make the backbone, the very foundation, for all lower-division work in university mathematics. I am well aware of the areas where students often falter and know how to create approaches unique to each student that will work to make a truly independent thinker.

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Algebra 2

Algebra II comprises three key aspects: equations, graphs, and applications (word problems). Understanding this level of Algebra is pivotal in the success of any student in university mathematics.

My approach to tutoring Algebra II is Socratic. We work problems together on separate paper, and I guide you with leading questions so that you arrive at the solution on your own. I believe this offers better comprehension and helps you remember the different strategies used to solve problems...

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Geometry

I taught Geometry at Santa Rosa High last year, and loved it. A pure Geometry course is all about proving more and more abstract ideas using a handful of unquestioned assumptions, or postulates, if you prefer. Today's high school courses in Geometry have more emphasis on measuring, reasoning, and applications. It is the branch of math that most easily connects pertinent, real-life & everyday examples to the rules of logical thinking.

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Precalculus

This course is a preparation for Calculus. It is intended to deepen conceptual understanding and technical skill. The student gains an appreciation for the power of mathematics to model the real-world.

Calculators extend a student’s ability to calculate and visualize mathematics. However, it is important that the student understands the concepts that underlie what the graphing calculator produces. I encourage graphing by hand to give a deeper understanding of the transformations of...
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Trigonometry

Trigonometry is an ancient branch of mathematics with exciting modern applications, such as astronomy, electricity and biology. To encourage conceptual understanding, I present explanations geometrically, numerically, algebraically and verbally – algebra and geometry really come together in trigonometry. I have equal facility in defining the trig functions in terms of the unit circle, or by right triangles, and can relate the two approaches to each other, so however the instructor decides to teach...
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SAT Math

The SAT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate applicants. SAT scores are calculated based on a student’s performance relative to other test-takers, and have proven to be an indicator of collegiate success.

The math sections measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form.

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GMAT

I like to pinpoint any areas of weakness for review, and I find working many of the data sufficiency problems helps students make correct and swift decisions. This test requires confidence and speed.

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ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely administered aptitude test in the United States. The ASVAB is called an aptitude battery because its results are used to predict the ability to learn skills – specifically skills required for different work. The test is based on research to help predict success in a wide range of different jobs. The results help focus student interest and aptitude for careers – both military and civilian.

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Finite Math

I have tutored students from Sonoma State University in Finite Math. I have a B.A. in Mathematics. Finite Math is mostly Algebra II applied to business models. I have studied Markov Chains, and I understand them completely, although it appears that the course at SSU doesn't even go that far. I assure that I am highly qualified to tutor this subject.