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 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.
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 will tailor your study guide to its best potential for you. After giving you an informal diagnostic, I can chunk the material into manageable sizes for you to study. Ideally, you will give yourself no less than one month with me to prepare for your exam.
My fee is lower for tutoring computers, because I don't do all the super-duper fancy stuff.
I'm patient about showing what you can do with computers because I didn't grow up with them and I know what it's like to try to remember all the windows and menus. I let you hold the mouse and do all the clicking, and take whatever handwritten notes you might want to take.
I can help you make the most of your computer using MS Office tools to word process, make slide presentations (PowerPoint), or make up simple spread sheets in Excel. I can help you learn how to do common tasks like organizing photos so that you can find them, and send them in your email, or I can help you learn to give yourself an avatar on social websites like FaceBook or Ravelry.
The very last course I taught in the public classroom was Geometry, and I loved it.
A pure Geometry course is all about proving more and more abstract ideas using a handful of unquestioned assumptions. My approach to proof writing is to treat it like solving a good puzzle - once you learn the technique, there is no wrong answer if the logic is sound.
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.
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.
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!
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.