I am returning to tutoring math after a 20 year career as an actuary.
I enjoyed tutoring courses in college algebra as a math major at Illinois State University, and then as a volunteer with Heartland Community College students for a couple of years afterward. When work got busy and pulled me away from it, I missed the fun and adventure of teaching, although I was able to apply those interests a bit as a supervisor.
Recently I've been tutoring students in algebra, geometry and trigonometry as a volunteer at the high school where I also help coach basketball. It's been as rewarding as teaching college students was.
Students have different personalities and learning styles, so my goal is to make them comfortable and to help them discover the answers, like a trusty pair of training wheels. If someone starts down the wrong path, I'll nudge them back in the right direction. I've had plenty of repeat customers whose grades have improved during our time together.
Students bring tests, quizzes, or homework problems with them. They also bring their class notes or textbook so that we learn to answer questions in the way that the teacher expects. Typically we meet for an hour at a time, or longer as final exams get closer.
I am also glad to work independently with students during the summer for those looking to get a head start or to reinforce lessons from last year.
Most of my appointments are after 5:00 on weekdays. I've gladly tutored on weekends too.
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