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I am a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing my passion for learning with others. I enjoy teaching and am patient with students. I focus on coaching students on the learning process as well as the content. I believe that every student is unique and work with each to find approaches to learning, studying and academic success that are attuned to their individuality.
I attended a private college prep high school (College Prep: math, English, history, science, music, art). I earned an AP or Advanced Placement score of 3 or higher in high school for European history (as a high school sophomore), American history, music literature, and chemistry. I went to Rice University for undergrad and have an MBA from CU-Boulder.
I can help with standardized test taking strategy, techniques and improvement. I scored a 1300 on the SATs (660 Verbal, 640 Math), and over 700 on the GMAT. I took the ACT in June, 2012 and scored 32 in Math, which is in the 97th percentile. I took the ACT again in June 2013 and scored 32 overall (98th percentile) with subscores of 34 in science (99th percentile), 32 in Reading (95th percentile) and 31 in Math (96th percentile).
I tutor students in 4th grade and up through high school, college, graduate school, as well as executives.
In 2012 I passed the Praxis II Mathematics Content Knowledge Test for High School Teachers to qualify for "Highly Qualified" status in the State of Colorado, the highest required score of any state. I passed the test the first time using learning strategies, tools and techniques that I use with my students. I taught math in Denver Public Schools in the 2012-2013 school year, and am teaching in a private school in the 2013-2014 school year.
I have helped a number of people enlist that would not otherwise be able to by helping them increase their ASVAB scores significantly. All were barely out of high school with essentially dead-end jobs or worse and were motivated enough to meet once per week for 2 hours and then work on their own for 5-10 hours during the week at my direction of what they should do.
My mindset in working with students is that through my mentoring and coaching I am providing my students with an essential freedom: the "freedom to choose" their future, rather than have it chosen for them, as free will is one of the many God-given gifts we all receive. I am not a dispenser of information; I am a mentor and coach in the art and science of learning.
Here are subjects I have tutored quite a bit recently:
Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, AP Calculus AB/BC, College Calculus I/II/III
Chemistry, AP Chemistry
Physics, AP Physics
ACT Prep / ASVAB Prep / Praxis Prep / Praxis MCK Math Teacher Prep
College Level Study Skills Development for College and High School Students
Statistics / Statistics for Nursing Students
I am currently studying Biochemistry and welcome the opportunity to help students with that subject
I took the ACT in June 2012 and scored 32, which is the 97th percentile. There were a few questions that I didn't get to as I ran out of time. I did not guess on those, although I would recommend guessing to my students as there is no penalty on the ACT for guessing.
My approach to coaching for all standardized tests is holistic: content for sure, but also strategy, guessing, calculator selection and usage, nutrition and sleep.
Algebra is the on-ramp to college and the professions, and it is a subject that I began teaching in the middle of Spring Semester 2012 and will continue teaching.
Robert Moses calls math and algebra the ticket to 21st century citizenship, and I would agree. It is the foundation upon which all other secondary and college math and science success will be built, so it is of strategic importance to every student.
I focus on working with students to understand the "why" not just the "how", so the "how" will stick.
My goal is to help students master the subject so that it is a source of strength for their academic and professional career, not a weakness that hinders their future.
If you would like to get into the military but struggle with the ASVAB or believe it may be a hurdle to military entrance I can help you. If you are shooting for eligibility of a specific career I can also help.
I recently worked with one high school grad and increased her ASVAB score 25% in one month.
I have tutored many students in Statistics. Some of those students have been in the biosciences field, so by necessity I have tutored students on the application of statistics to the biosciences; that is, biostatistics.
I have a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado's flagship university.
I have started more than one business, at least one of which is successful, and consulted a number of Fortune 500 business as a management consultant.
I can help you understand Calculus and even learn to enjoy it. Whether you are in College and taking Calculus or High School taking AP Calculus, I can get you from the point of struggling to being ahead of the class, comfortable with the class and your abilities, and, in the case of AP Calculus, prepared for the test.
I have developed proprietary materials and methods to help you quickly go from where you are now to where you need to be.
For example: I have just developed materials to help English Language Learners learn AP Calculus.
I teach chess to middle school students as an elective as there are substantial benefits to students from a behavioral and mathematical perspective. My teaching is rigorous and includes Algebraic Chess Notation, all allowable moves (en passant, castling, etc.), strategy, tactics, pattern recognition, etc. My focus is on getting students who have never played chess to the point where they can begin playing in tournaments, at which point they can find another teacher to take them to the advanced/expert level.
I can help students struggling with Singapore Math understand how to build models to solve problems.
I can help students increase their "Mental Math" capability that will enable them to do more math, more quickly, and more reliably.
I can administer a diagnostic test that helps me identify a particular student's math strengths, weaknesses, and gaps. I then develop a custom plan to fill in the gaps and shoring up the weaknesses.
I can provide challenge to elementary (and high school) students that are not being challenged, introducing them to Calculus, Statistics, Probability, etc. in a way that they can understand given their current understanding of math.
I scored 720 on the GMAT after being away from school for 20 years and have developed a specific approach to preparation which can help you increase your GMAT score. While the approach is the same for each individual, I tune it based on the requirements of each student for maximum impact.
I have worked with a number of International Students to help them prepare for this test.
I recently passed the PRAXIS math test for Secondary School Math Teachers (High School and Middle School) at the score required to pass in the State of Colorado, which is the highest score requirement of any state. I used the same standardized test strategies, techniques and approaches to pass this test in the first attempt that I use with students.
Developing good study skills become increasingly important as students progress through school. I help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and work with them to develop a plan for learning that fits their individual traits. I also teach students specific approaches that are used by the best students to 1) increase memorization capability, 2) focus on what is important, and 3) increase their proficiency in taking standardized tests.
The Best Tutor — We have found Patrick to be an excellent tutor. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding testing methods, content, etc, and has been able to determine our grandaughter's mode of learning. He is timely, responsible, kind and thorough and has been of great help. He is the best tutor we have ever had and we are very pleased and feel confident that he has helped our granddaughter immeasurably. ...
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