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Dear Students and/or Parents,
I have a passion and ability to explain mathematics to people of all ages that exceeds that of anyone you will ever find.
I was gifted mathematically as a toddler and helped classmates and friends with their homework from first grade through high school. At college, I frequently helped friends and other students on my dorm floor and also took tutoring to earn extra cash. When I tutored, I consistently raised students' performance by one or two letter grades within a few sessions.
As a graduate student, I taught courses including Calculus, Pre-calculus, Linear Algebra, and Stats for Business majors at the University of Illinois and at Parkland Community College. After graduating with my M.S. in Mathematics, I had temporary visiting professor roles at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, Cal State University at Bakersfield, and Millikin University in Decatur before entering the actuarial field. I feel my experience working in both the academic world and the business world also gives me a perspective that can be beneficial.
As a parent, I have helped my daughters and their friends with math classes from first grade through high school. In my experiences as a college student, tutor, and parent, I have often heard people ask questions such as, "Why didn't my teacher explain it that way?"
My approach is to (a) answer specific questions, (b) skim through students' notes and observe how I can get the point across in a way that the teacher - often through no fault of his (her) own - could not get across, (c) show struggling students how following some basic steps can cure their "math anxiety" or show strong students who just want to get stronger how they can perfect their skills, and (d) most importantly, show it with enthusiasm which is often contagious. Additionally, I would be willing to work together with the teacher - anonymously if requested - to work together as a team to help the student as much as possible.
In conclusion, I guarantee you will not find another person who will help your student, regardless of age, level, or ability to be more successful in both their current course and in future math courses to come.
Before working as an actuary, I taught at the freshman and sphomore college level, tutored at the college level, and provided informal help in math classes ranging from primary grades through college.
I changed professions and moved into actuarial work and completed all of the exam requirements to be a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and have worked as an actuary for 20 years.
Therefore, I have the teaching background, the actuarial work background, and have completed all necessary coursework to qualify as an FSA. In addition, I am current with all continuing education requirements.
I took a Differential Equations course at the University of Illinois and used some of the principles in future coursework and in taking actuarial exams.
In tutoring a student in Diff EQ, I admit the need to brush up between sessions as I was tutoring. However, I believe my passion for teaching and my ability to work together with the student as a team would be very helpful to prospective students.
I received A's in Linear Algebra courses at the junior or senior college level and passed the actuarial exam dedicated to linear algebra.
I also taught linear algebra for business majors at the freshman and sophomore level.
I also have taught a variety fo other courses and tutored at the college level and provided informal math help to students at all levels from primary school through college.
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