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I have taken the ACT twice before I went to school and I am excited to help you prepare for this test.
I learned parts of speech, basic grammar rules, and pacing are key to taking this test. I will help you (or your child) review the parts of speech, work on vocabulary, and improve you speed to work through this test.
I understand these tests are tough, both information and lengthwise. By building up the tolerance to the length and type of questions, you can succeed. I will also help you review basic concepts from math and graph-reading.
I have struggled as a high school student with this section because I am a slow reader. I can help you (or your child) improve your reading skills by interacting with the text (in other words: circling, underlining, and reacting in the margins).
Using techniques I have learned in my teaching classes and student teaching days, we can improve your comprehension of any passage you read. Summarizing, paraphrasing, and defining words you don't know are only some of the techniques we can use.
While taking the ACT science test, you have to interact with the text. Circling or underlining key words or concepts that relate to the data can save you time and brain power. I will help you break down these questions, working though them with you then get you used to the pace you need to take while in the test.
I have worked with Algebra 1 students on the middle school, high school, and college levels.
I have worked with algebra 2 concepts and help students on the high school and college levels.
I think the human body is fascinating. I help to instill this on your child, as well as help them see how everything is constantly working together to keep us functioning each and every day.
I highly enjoy biology and believe that anyone can get the concepts. I will do my best to break it down into concepts your student can understand. Also, I will help your student with study techniques that they can use in other information-driven classes.
The key to botany is repetition and understanding what families, classes, and orders have in common. I suggest flashcards with pictures or creating a game that will help you look for subtle differences.
Taking this class in college, I learned about the plant's transpiration systems, how it breathes, and the different ways a plant can produce its own food (photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, etc). Some microorganisms like bacteria have plant-like features. I have studied the evolutionary development of plants and several life cycles of different families.
I have assisted students in calculus at Michigan tech as a tutor and have assisted a few outside of Michigan tech more recently.
I tutored Elementary differential equations at Michigan Tech for 2 years. I have worked with linear/first order differential equations, second order differential equations, and higher order differential equations. I have worked with separable variables, solving differential equations with series and Euler's differential equation.
I have taken an applied differential equations course, where I worked with Fourier series to solve partial differential equations. Please let me know if you think I would be able to help you.
I have taken several discrete math classes, like number theory and graph theory. I have tutored a student at Sylvan Learning Center in election theory and other applications of discrete math. I learned a lot from working with her, and we both got a better handle on the math.
I feel that especially in these higher level math classes, while the instructor is working through a problem, you need to think about it and make notes for yourself on how it is done. This will help you understand what is going on later when you look at your notes. By connecting all mathematical ideas to the real world, students can better understand the concept and how to compute the algorithm.
Graph coloring, planar graphs, ranking methods, shortest path algorithms, and Fourier series are some of the discrete math topics I can help you or your child with.
I thoroughly enjoy Genetics. I think that it is the perfect blend of biology and statistics. I have had experience in college with Mendelian genetics, non-Mendelian genetics, and extensive looks at inherited traits. DNA formation process is very important. Mastering the difference between mitosis and meiosis is essential.
Geometry is fun, and everything can be broken down into pictures and formulas. If you can draw the picture and remember the formula, you can do it. I will have flash cards for the formulas, which I will go over with your student to help retain the information.
I worked with prealgebra students in middle school and high school, as well as with concepts through algebra that build on it. I enjoy keeping these skills current through a fun tool called "Wrap-ups".
I currently teach the first half of precalculus and have tutored students on the subject since 2007.
Probability is the most fun of all math. It is exciting to see if the theoretical will match the experimental after so many tries. It is very intuitive, and the most interactive of all math concepts.
The hardest part in this math category is the vocabulary.
I am very good at finding nitty gritty details and making sure that your paper and sentences keep on topic and content.
I have had experience proof reading when I worked for Michigan Tech Housing. Housing decided to redo a brochure and I read it cover to cover at least 3 times, making suggestions each time. My supervisor said that I was the best help during the proofreading process.
I have also helped fellow students and teachers proofread their material. I believe proofreading is essential to any paper for any purpose. You are representing yourself, and sometimes, a company as well.
I understand the SAT test is tough, both with the information and length. By building up the tolerance to the length and type of questions, you can succeed. I will also help you review basic concepts from math (important formulas, rules and creating equations from word problems) and graph-reading.
I highly enjoy Trigonometry and believe to be successful in it you must know the Unit circle. I will drill you on this fact, as it is essential for other math classes.
I took this course in college, we focused on Invertebrates. To learn the detailed material, the key is repetition. We need to focus on what similarities and differences families, classes, and orders have and review them regularly using flash cards or a game that we create.