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Sam’s current tutoring subjects are listed at the left. You
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Sam’s qualifications in specific subjects below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on the GRE quant. I ended up teaching it twice.
In the summer of 2011, I tutored a high school student specifically to prepare for the SAT quantitative exam. Her mother wrote a letter of recommendation on my behalf. Since then I have tutored 5 or more high-school students in preparation for the SAT.
In short, I know how to answer EVERY question the SAT can throw your way. And with my experience, I can teach you how to conquer it, too. I also have several years of experience working as a professional tutor and teacher of math with recommendation letters, have taken pure math courses beyond calc III, and have 24 college hours of stats courses.
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.
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.
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.