Hello! My name is Ben S., and there is nothing I love more than helping people with math. I currently work with the Madison County school system as a math tutor. I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a double major in Mathematics and Russian, both with honors. While at Grinnell, I worked in the college's Math Lab tutoring students in calculus and linear algebra. I liked staying fresh on the material and giving quick and competent assistance, but my favorite part was watching each student improve throughout the semester. I have also worked with the Mathnasium after-school program, focusing on number sense and foundational math skills.

When tutoring, I try to make sure the student is comfortable with what they don't know. I encourage them to ask questions and I am receptive when they don't understand something. By turning the lesson into an interactive experience, the material becomes more approachable, and the student's knowledge becomes more robust and well-rounded.

If, over the course of multiple sessions, the student does not retain knowledge and skills which they initially understood, I may assign homework between sessions. While I believe that learning cannot happen through repetition alone, it is very important to make sure each concept sticks, because early methods must be used efficiently to understand more advanced concepts. Practice makes perfect!

I live in Berea, KY and can travel up to half an hour by car to meet you. This includes southern Madison County as far as Richmond, northern Rockcastle County as far as Mount Vernon, and south-western Garrard County as far as Lancaster.

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Ben's subjects

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Algebra 1

I have several years experience tutoring algebra 1 to students in middle and high school, college students, and adults.

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Algebra 2

I have several years experience tutoring algebra 2 topics to students in middle and high school, college students, and adults.

Topics include:

- Polynomials and quadratic equations

- Matrices

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Calculus

I tutored calculus, both single- and multivariable, for three years at the college level, in addition to tutoring individual students in high school and college. I am extremely comfortable with the standard content and a variety of methods for explaining each topic.

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Prealgebra

In my work, I teach prealgebra to children of many different ages.

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ACT Math

I achieved a 35 on the math section of the ACT, and went on to major in mathematics.

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ACT Science

I achieved a 36 on the Science section of the ACT.

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Elementary Math

I have several years experience tutoring elementary math topics to students in elementary and middle school. My lessons focus on building number sense and quantitative reasoning skills.

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Discrete Math

I have studied graph theory, combinatorics, abstract algebra, set theory, and many other topics in discrete mathematics, including algebra and finite linear algebra.

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Linear Algebra

I have tutored linear algebra for two semesters, attending classes and running both one-on-one and group mentor sessions.

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Logic

I have much experience with proof technique, symbolic logic, and set theory from mathematics coursework throughout college.

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