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Jeffrey K.

Mathematic Fanatic and Computer Tutor

West Palm Beach, FL (33414)

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As a teacher, the most rewarding moment is when you see that "light bulb" go on for the student: after showing the same concept in multiple different ways, you finally hit upon the methodology that "clicks" for him/her. The student's face brightens, eyes widen, and smile blossoms; in that moment, he/she feels smart--proud to have the potential to do things that seemed impossible before. It's a moment of empowerment and accomplishment, for both teacher and student. And that's what I love most about teaching.

I have over 25 years of teaching experience in varying capacities. When I was in high school, I was a tutor for other students and a camp counselor over the summer. As an undergraduate college student, I was a "master tutor" for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Upon obtaining my degree with a double-major in Mathematics and Computer Science, I received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and was granted the unique opportunity to teach a college course all on my own.

After college, I was registered as a substitute teacher in Broward County. Since then, during the 20 years I've spent as a software engineer for major international technology companies, I have been a leader and mentor of junior engineers, a trainer for customers, and a lecturer/presenter for colleagues in the industry. Most of all, as a father of a blended family of five children, opportunities to impart my knowledge and experience present themselves on a regular basis.

My teaching style focuses on concepts and developing a foundational understanding. I believe that you need to learn the "why" along with the "what" in order to be able to fully grasp a subject and have the ability to extend that to learning new concepts. It's not enough to just teach what a student needs to know to pass a class or finish an assignment; the student needs to have a deep enough understanding to be able to apply that knowledge to related applications and evolution of the subject matter, and to be able to "figure things out" for him/herself in the future.

At the same time, however, learning has to be fun and interesting in order to keep one's attention and make the information "stick". The key is to come up with creative mnemonic devices and humorous examples, while keeping the environment light-hearted and low-pressure. This is the formula for successful tutoring that both the tutor and the student can enjoy!

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Jeffrey’s subjects

ACT Math

I have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, and a lot of experience with test preparation in general.

Adobe Photoshop

I have used Photoshop extensively, both professionally and personally. I have performed the role of "graphic designer" on software projects where we had no budget for a dedicated graphic artist. One of my hobbies is creating puzzles, and I often get very creative in the composition of the puzzle images.

Algebra 1

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and have particular expertise with Algebra. When I was in high school, I placed 1st nationally in the Intellitest Algebra II division, and placed 2nd in the state of Florida on both the American High School Math Exam and the Florida Math League.

Algebra 2

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and have particular expertise with Algebra. When I was in high school, I placed 1st nationally in the Intellitest Algebra II division, and placed 2nd in the state of Florida on both the American High School Math Exam and the Florida Math League.

C

I started programming in C over 25 years ago, writing online multi-user games for bulletin board systems (before the Internet). In my current capacity as a software engineer, I continue to develop C/C++ applications regularly.

C++

I have been coding in C++ for many years, and in my current capacity as a software engineer, I continue to develop C++ applications regularly.

Chess

I have been playing chess since I was a child. I started a chess club back in high school, and served as its secretary, keeping track of the rankings of all of its members. I did the same thing later on for a group of colleagues at my place of employment.

Computer Programming

I have been programming computers for almost 30 years, from the days of TRS-80 and Apple II. I have developed numerous commercial software packages, as well as hobby projects. I'm currently a research engineering manager for a major international software company. I'm mostly proficient with C/C++, but I have extensive experience with Java, BASIC, and many other languages.

Computer Science

I have a BS in Computer Science, and also attended graduate school towards an MS in Computer Science. Before finishing that degree, however, I started working for a major technology company and have been doing corporate software development for the past twenty years.

DOS

I have been using DOS since the mid-80s, and still bring up the "Command Prompt" on Windows on a regular basis to accomplish what can't be done as quickly from the GUI.

GED

I have taught at the college level, and have extensive experience with test preparation.

General Computer

I have been using computers for over 30 years, from the days of TRS-80 and Apple II. I am mostly proficient with the Windows operating system, though I have extensive experience with DOS and Linux as well.

Geometry

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and have particular expertise with Geometry. When I was in high school, I placed 1st nationally in the Intellitest Geometry division.

GRE

The GRE involves basic math and verbal skills with which I am very well-versed.

HTML

I have written basic HTML web pages including tables, framesets, form entry, and style sheets, as well as dynamic content using Javascript.

Java

I wrote plugins in Java for the Eclipse framework for 9 years, and was one of the founders of an open source project using Java and Eclipse.

Logic

I have been doing logic puzzles since I was a child, and studied logic in college. Logic is also a basic tenet of software development, which I have been doing for more than 25 years.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Excel extensively, including customizing layouts, importing data from various sources, creating multi-sheet documents, writing complex macros, and creating charts.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have been using PowerPoint extensively to create presentations for various target audiences over the past 12 years.

Microsoft Word

I have extensive experience using Microsoft Word for creating documents of different types, using custom styles and formatting, creating tables, modifying printing options, tracking changes between versions, and protecting content.

Pascal

Pascal was the first procedural programming language I ever learned, back in the 80's during a summer course, and further expanded on that in an Advanced Placement course as a senior in high school in the mid-80s.

Poker

I love playing all types of card games, particularly poker. I watch poker on television a lot, have played online and with friends, and would enjoy playing in tournaments myself someday.

Precalculus

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and placed 1st in my school in the Continental Calculus League during the 1984-1985 school year.

Probability

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, won numerous math awards, and have experience in probability and statistics, permutations and combinations, calculating odds, and many other aspects of applied mathematics.

PSAT

The PSAT covers basic math and verbal skills with which I am well versed.

SAT Math

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and have been tutoring in Math for many years. When I was in high school, I scored 800 on the math portion of the SAT when I was in high school. I even scored a 650 on the math portion of the SAT when I was in middle school, and was invited to an award ceremony at Duke University.

Trigonometry

I have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and earned 1st place in Trig-Star in 1986.

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Education

University of Miami (Math and Comp. Sci.)

University of Miami (Graduate Coursework)

Great Tutor! My 9th grade daughter and I were a little apprehensive about hiring a tutor from a website. We were both very surprised and pleased with our experience with Jeffrey. He was on time and my daughter described him as very smart. She said he was very helpful and even gave her some extra geometry tips. We will definitely book more sessions with Jeffrey. ...

— Diana from West Palm Beach, FL on 12/9/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $42.00

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Jeffrey will travel within 10 miles of West Palm Beach, FL 33414.

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