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My name is John. I am a lifelong resident of Stockton. I am also a lifelong lover of reading and math. Over the years, I have tutored students of various ages and backgrounds, from college students at the SJ Delta College tutoring center, to adults and children at their homes in and around the Stockton area.
Of the many different jobs I've held, tutoring has been the most enjoyable and fulfilling. The only thing better than helping people to learn is getting to the point where they can teach themselves how to learn. My goal is tutor myself out of a job.
My approach to this has three phases: First, assessment, where I start with an informal session of just talking with the person, learning their interests and, with respect to academics, their perceived weaknesses and strengths. The early lessons will address issues such as skill reinforcement and determining the most effective approaches to use.
The next step is to show and encourage the application of techniques and strategies to make learning easier and faster. These include reading, scanning, studying, and memorizing skills, as well as test preparation and test taking.
The last step will hopefully be taken by the student when he or she reach the point where they realize that they are now their own best teacher, able and determined to use their learning mastery for the rest of their lives.
My qualifications include six years working as a one-on-one and small-group tutor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
I love reading (and by extension, English) and math (and, naturally, science) because the first helps us use our imaginations, enriching our lives and opening up possibilities. The second can give us the skills and framework to make these possibilities real.
I hope you will give me the chance to share my knowledge and experience with you.
Algebra might be described as "arithmetic" with the alphabet.
What it does is get you started on using math in your actual life. Mathematics has been called the "language of solutions."
Algebra gives you this language's grammar and syntax.
As a one-on-one, small group, and drop-in math lab tutor at S.J. Delta College in Stockton, CA for six years, in addition to being a private tutor, I've worked with many students on their algebra coursework. Several of them were intimidated by the increasing complexity of the exercises and applied problems, especially when they transitioned from 1st year algebra to 2nd. I would give them "bad news and good news". "Bad news" is that the complexity will keep increasing, the farther they go in the "math sequence".
Math, perhaps more than any other discipline, directly builds on earlier concepts and skills. This, however, is part of the "good news". Because the later skills derive and depend on earlier ones, review and reinforcement can only help them.
The other part of the "good" is that most branches of math depend on the key applications of just a few central ideas. Eg.: Everything in trig breaks down to using just two things, the Pythagorean Theorem and the unit circle.
Ferret out the essential truths, keep referring back to them when complexity stumps you, and you can master it.
As someone who has tutored several elementary students in math and English, I'm well aware of the importance of their mastering the basic skills and concepts.
Math, perhaps more than any other discipline, depends on a thorough understanding of fundamental concepts and applications before any real and lasting progress can be realized.
A prime example is the necessary memorization of "times tables". Unless the child can
readily recall products up to the tens, long division will be extremely time-consuming and frustrating for them.
Any deficiency in the basic skill sets has an unfortunate "cascading" effect when
the student is attempting the later and more complex courses.
My approach always includes checking for comprehension and mastery of fundamental skills. As I tell my clients, "You can never be good enough in the basics."
John D. A.
Prealgebra is a part of the "journey" of learning where you start at arithmetic and become a solver of real life problems.
Reading is using the skill of learning things from written symbols that can make both your knowledge and imagination grow.
Great tutor, very patient!! — John is very patient with my son. He gives him different ways to approach problems and they have been very effective. I highly recommend him. ...
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