I have a B.S in Mathematics from FGCU plus about 18 graduate credits. I also have a knack for taking cryptic symbols and frustrating problems and turning them into meaningful relationships and intuitive solutions. Granted, I was trained technically, and so I tend to talk technically, but I always try to keep in mind that if I explain something like the "Leading Coefficient Test" and I start talking about degrees of polynomials and end behavior and terms and coefficients, that the person on the other end (you) might not know what any of those things are! So I take time to check for understanding, and often times "explain" the explanation.
Whether you are an upper level math student that just needs to understand things better, or someone with a very weak background in math who needs things explained from the ground up, I have a lot to offer you. I have successfully helped struggling students pass their CLAST exam, and I have helped MBA students work through the calculus in their economics course.
What I have trouble with, is when students want to "decorate the penthouse" before they finish "building the lobby." I see that a lot in Statistics. I get students who when the course gets hard, they call up their tutor, and they want to do confidence intervals when they barely understood Z-scores! It does not work that way.
It took me a little while to get good at explaining math. I always worked on the premise that nothing should be taken for granted. But, to actually find all the things I did take for granted and didn't see at first, took time. But I have had my practice, far beyond what my Wyzant 50 hour badge says.
While I was working on my undergraduate degree (2006-2008), I was teaching Intermediate and College Algebra labs at FGCU as well as tutoring for "Adaptive Services" and the "Center for Academic Achievement." It was during this time that I grew to love teaching. I then had the wonderful opportunity to teach AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Seacrest in Naples FL, while their main teacher was out on her maternity leave. Right now, I am in my fourth year teaching in Lee County School District. I have taught Algebra II, Algebra II Honors, Precalculus, AP Calculus, and Math for College Readiness.
I am extremely well versed in Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus. I am always striving to find unique ways to explain points that most students miss and most teachers take for granted. I like to teach by example. I do a little bit of theory, I have the student follow me through a problem, then I let the student take the wheel and lead me though a problem. I have more patience than most doctors. (pun) So no matter what your level is, I can help you excel. The only thing I can't supply is the desire. But as long as you have the desire, I can take care of the rest.
For my own entertainment and sanity, I play classical guitar, study and build analog and digital circuits, which is very math intensive, and I design guitar effects circuits. Also, I have my two dogs (both were rescues from RAIN) and my wonderful wife to keep me company.
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Algebra 1
I have spent hundreds of hours helping college students who have struggled with math their whole lives. And with my background in math, as a high school teacher, I have been given everything from Algebra II to second year AP Calculus to teach. I tend to focus very much on understanding how something works, but then I think algebra I is more about learning the process of making something work, and we can worry about marrying that with the how and why later.
Algebra 2
I have taught Algebra II and Algebra II Honors for 3 years so far, which for one of those years, I was the sole Algebra II Reg teacher at my school. I also have experience teaching College Algebra from when I was a TA, which is a very similar course.
Calculus
Judging from people's feedback, I think I tend to shine the most as a calculus tutor. It is my favorite subject, and I guess it shows. As for qualifications, my degree included Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations, Analysis I and II (sometimes called advanced calculus) and a myriad of 20 or so other math courses which called upon this material. I have also taught calculus in high school.
Precalculus
Precalculus is one of the most diverse courses in math. Its topics range from polynomials, logs, trig, vectors, conics, stats, series, complex, and on, and on. It's a little bit of everything! I am very well versed in all of these topics and over the years, precalculus has become my favorite course to teach, even above my favorite topic, calculus! But you understand, it is perfect for somebody with A.D.D.!
Linear Algebra
I have taken Linear Algebra three times. The first was part of my A.S. degree. Then I took it again after I transferred to FGCU for my B.S. in math (even though I got an A, they only put down my first linear algebra class as a 1000 level course when they transferred my credits). After I graduated, I took Advanced Linear Algebra on a grad level, which was more reminiscent of abstract algebra. So if nothing else, I have gotten plenty of practice.
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