Most of us start out with good intentions and lots of energy, but it takes hard work to finish out strong. Many students from middle school through college level wish those stumbling places in math would just disappear and "leave us alone!" However, those same trouble spots often come back multiple times. As a teacher with experience from teaching 7th grade through 100-level college math courses, I have experienced the frustration of seeing students fail to get help. They usually, if not always, fail the class and use the too common excuse of "I'm not good at math!"
I believe that failing a class is not always evident just by the grade at the end of the course. It is equivalent to tripping over every hurdle in a race, even though you may brush yourself off and keep "running." Students are often not challenged or kept accountable enough in middle or high school to really understand and master the math. So they keep passing along, content with Cs and Ds. Once I got the taste of victory in academics, it wasn't enough for me to get a "good" grade on a test. I enjoyed being prepared to the point that I could "kill it dead!" I knew every question, or was very aware of what I did not know!
I bring to the table not just my own experience of 8 years of teaching in various settings, but also my family's expertise in teaching and teaching mathematics. I can supplement my tutoring lessons with worksheets which have been used for over 40 years to practice trouble spots. These worksheets include material from pre-algebra to pre-calculus. I am familiar as well with software used by a community college, where I have taught 5 classes.
Please let me know if I can be of service. Let's not just start out well, but finish strong!
Note: I can be in the Crestwood/Middletown/Lake Forest/Prospect area from 10:00 to 2:00 during the school year or until 4:30 in the summer.
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