Hello world. My name is Sam M. and I have decided to go on WyzAnt because I have worked as a professional tutor for over two years now and my supervisor thinks this would be a great way for me to expand my horizons. To date, I have passed five semesters of calculus courses (Calc I, II and III, Differential Equations and Vector Analysis) and have passed 24 hours of statistics courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. When I was a student at the University of North Florida, I took many upper-division and graduate-level courses in the education department where I learned a lot about the art of teaching. It was also while I was at UNF that I audited a Calculus III course and impressed the professor so highly that he wrote a letter of recommendation on my behalf I will proudly share. In 2010, I took the GACE I and GACE II exams for Georgia teacher certification and earned the highest possible score on both of them. I have over four years of experience as a mathematics teacher. I taught math at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida from 2004 to 2007. I also taught math at Florida State College at Jacksonville. I have letters of recommendation from both campuses. I resigned from the former to take a job at the latter. I resigned from the latter when my spouse was offered a job as a professor in Lawrenceville. In 2006, I took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and scored an 800 on the quantitative section. That is a perfect score. I took three years of Spanish in high school (Spanish I, Spanish II and Spanish III in 9th, 10th and 11th grades) and also took 10 semesters of Spanish in college. I earned an official undergraduate minor in Spanish from Florida State University. I have visited the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. I am also married to a Mexican who is a Spanish professor at Georgia Gwinnett College and am the son of a world-renowned retired English professor. I can definitely tutor in Spanish or English, for that matter. My tutoring philosophy is very simple: do whatever it takes to get the knowledge in their heads. If I feel that a session is not working properly, I will change my tactics. I am not afraid to say "Wait, let's start over and try this a different way." I also employ humor whenever I can. In math, it helps. Since September of 2010, I have worked, and continue to work, for a private tutoring company in Lawrenceville, Georgia. My supervisor sings my praises and is happy to be a reference for me. Since being hired there, I have tutored students most principally in mathematics and statistics, though I have also tutored in Spanish, Economics, Physics and Chemistry.
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Sam's subjects
Algebra 1
Taught for three years at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. Taught 17 sections of Elementary Algebra, a course similar to Algebra I.
Taught 2 sections of "Elementary Algebra" at Florida State College at Jacksonville in 2010. Earned a letter of recommendation from the dean.
Algebra 2
I taught Elementary Algebra at Santa Fe Community College for three years.
I have tutored various mathematics students in Georgia in Mathematics I, Mathematics II, and Mathematics III.
I am proficient at all levels of Algebra, as I've used them to study calculus.
Geometry
Taught geometry at Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Students showed unusually high learning gains on their FCAT exams at the end of the year.
Earned an 800 (perfect score) on the GRE quantitative examination in 2006. Test is mostly on Geometry.
Have tutored several students in geometry working for "Commuter Tutors," a private tutoring agency in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Have worked there since 2010.
Prealgebra
I taught algebra in a community college for more than three years before moving to Georgia. I have also tutored this subject more times than I can even remember at this point. However, the last two times I taught a section of Elementary Algebra, I got some of the highest passing rates of anybody in my college. When my students took their standardized tests, they outperformed the competition and I got a letter of recommendation from my dean.
Trigonometry
I know, essentially, everything there is to know about trigonometry. I tutored a high-school senior in trigonometry last year (2012-13). She is now a student at GGC. I have read the book "Trigonometry for Dummies" cover to cover and personally discovered a mistake in it. I have used trigonometry in subsequent mathematics courses, particularly Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Statistics
7 semesters of statistics courses in college.
Previously tutored a high school sophomore taking AP statistics, helped her earn a 4 on the AP exam.
Tutored an MBA student at Emory in Statistics in December, 2010. Helped him earn a "B+" in the class.
SAT Math
In 2006, I took the GRE and scored a PERFECT 800 on the Quant section. The GRE, incidentally, is just like the SAT except it is harder, because it is for adults. The SAT is given to high school students to get into college. The GRE is given to college students (usually seniors) to get into graduate programs.
After earning my 800 on the GRE quant, I was offered a job teaching a class for the "community education" department at Santa Fe College where I taught adults how to score highly...
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GRE
I earned a perfect score (800) on the GRE quantitative examination. I also scored a 550 on the verbal. I took the exam in December of 2006. I have many years of experience teaching (4) and tutoring (4) privately. I have tutored at least five students in preparation for the SAT and the GRE.
Swimming
I have been a good swimmer virtually all my life. I cannot remember a time when I did not know how to swim or enjoy it. I am currently a member of "Rainbow Trout" which is a competitive water polo team in Atlanta. Also, in 2007 I was certified by the Red Cross as a lifeguard, although I never worked as one. I once earned CPR certification, too. I also have years of teaching experience, albeit in a classroom. I further have about 3 years of experience as a professional tutor.
Chess
I have been playing chess for nearly thirty years and know every move that can be made. When I was sixteen, I beat a computerized chess set. I currently own an advanced chess computer called the "Mephisto" from "Saitek." This particular chess computer is very advanced and does not make mistakes. I have not yet beaten it but I can hold my own against it. I also have teaching and tutoring experience. I could explain the game of chess to anyone, whether adult or child.
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