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Irene M.

The Logical Path

Santa Rosa, CA (95401)

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Confused and feeling caught in a maze of symbols? I can help. I am a California credentialed mathematics teacher, and I have much experience in guiding students through, not only my favorite subjects on Trig and Precalculus, but also Algebra I & II and Geometry.

Life has its ups and downs. Many things might be taken from you, but you will never give up anything you have learned - your knowledge is your own to keep. Mastering any subject, be it math or the fine arts, through both guided and personal discipline, is the direct path to personal freedom. It would be my greatest pleasure to help you attain your greatest potential.

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Irene’s subjects

General Computer
Elementary Education:
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French, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar

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.

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.


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.

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.


I lived in a French-speaking country in my childhood. French is mostly a pastime for me. I am at an intermediate level, and not fluent, although I can volley a good bit of dialogue. My focus in tutoring French is on homework help and practicing verb conjugations - le passé composé, l'imparfait, et le subjonctif in written and verbal sentences and short dialogues. In light of my experience, my fee is negotiable.


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.


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.


Grammar is the study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.
It is about structural relationships in language, including meaning, and linguistic history. Above all, it is the system of rules implicit in a language.

Hard Of Hearing

I studied American Sign Language at Gallaudet University. I completed 3 semesters of Sign Language there, plus a semester of Introduction to Interpreting. Although it was many years ago, I have retained a large vocabulary, and am able to communicate well with the hard of hearing.


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 graphs. I have TI83 and TI84 plus and TI-89 calculators, so I can guide the student through anything the instructor may have demonstrated in class, from graphing regression curves or calculating infinite sums, to performing matrix algebra.

At this level, I find students have very good study skills in place already, so group tutoring, of up to 4 students, seems to be a very effective way of clarifying class concepts. I own a large white board, and can transform any space into a classroom environment. Having this board and the ability to create a safe learning space, somehow inspires and allows students to clearly discuss ideas with each other.

But of course, I am willing to tutor individuals as well!

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.


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 the topic, I can adapt my tutorials.

I am well-versed in using graphing calculators, specifially, the TI89, TI83, and the TI84-Plus, so if a student needs any clarification in what the teacher may have demonstrated in class with or without a graphing calculator, I can explain and reinforce the ideas behind the lesson.

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B.A., Sonoma State University (Mathematics)

Irene's the absolute best! My high school son was taking a trigonometry course at the junior college and was becoming worried and discouraged. He was falling behind and needed help a.s.a.p. These classes are usually fast-paced and cover a broad range of material over a short amount of time, so it was imperative that he received help immediately. We found Irene and within just a couple of hours of contacting her, she respon ...

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rates are based on a minimum of 1 hour. 1/2 hour increments thereafter are $20.00. The rate for two students in the same course is $60.00 and $20.00 for each 1/2 hour increment.

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Irene will travel within 10 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

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