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Algebra I is the foundation that all higher level math courses build from. My goal in teaching a student Algebra I is not a grade, but an understanding that will allow them to continue onto higher math courses.
I have not taught Algebra I formally, but have taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra II. One of my first tutoring pupils is studying Algebra I, and I hope to have more Algebra I pupils soon.
During high school, I helped many of my classmates with this course. I had the privilege of teaching algebra II to a wonderful class in Thailand.
Much of the class is repetition from algebra I, but with more depth. If a student struggles with this class, it is very unlikely that they will succeed in more advanced math courses. algebra II has been the primary subject that I have been tutoring since I have started working with WyzAnt.
I believe history is best learned as a story, not a collection of facts. My goal in teaching a student American History is for them to understand the story of America.
While I have never taught an American History class, I have taught World History, and believe the same philosophy carries over. I have studied American History for myself with the goal of seeing where we came from and where we are going.
As a Christian for more than 14 years, I have read from the bible every day. I spent five of those years as a student in Bible College, where my undergraduate degree is in Biblical Studies in Missions.
I am currently working on a Chronological outline of the entire Bible, creating a lesson plan to teach each major event (I have 51 lessons through Exodus 9). I have also been working on an in-depth study of the word worship. I use only the King James Version for the English language and rely on the TR body of Biblical manuscripts. I have come to this position through historical and spiritual study, not through a belief in dual inspiration.
I have one year experience teaching Calculus at the high school level. I am strong in the area of derivatives, but not as sharp in Rheiman sums and Integrals (though I have been studying these). I believe I could be of help to Calculus students at the high school level and Calculus I students at the college level. My ability to help would be much diminished beyond that.
I have a solid understanding of basic Chemistry, though it has been several years since I have studied it. I have been working to freshen up on concepts that I have forgotten, but still have some gaps in more complicated areas.
I would best be suited for a Chemistry I student in high school or college. Because of the time since I have studied Chemistry, I would not be a good tutor for higher level Chemistry courses.
I am largely self-taught at Economics, having taken no Economics classes beyond high school. My interest in Economics was while I administered the A Beka video courses on Economics at a school where I taught Math and Science. The teacher from the video did a very thorough job.
Since administering the videos, I have made a point to study the subject of Economics on my own, including securing and reading Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations."
My level of understanding of Economics would best help high school or basic college level courses. I would be of little use to anyone taking a course beyond Introduction to Economics.
I have been tutoring a student as she prepares for her GED, and believe I could be helpful to others. My strongest area is math, which seems to be the area that most GED students struggle in.
It is impossible to truly understand history without understanding geography. As part of the history class I taught, I sought to explain how geographical circumstances helped produce historical events.
Among the topics that need to be understood in Geography are the topography, climate, native species, natural resources, and most importantly the people. As a teacher/tutor of Geography, I believe the most important thing to understand is how the native people have adapted to live in their circumstances.
Geometry is the practical application of algebra to real world shapes. Through the study of geometry, we are able understand how to construct the things we use in day to day life.
Though I have never taught Geometry as a class, I did spend some time tutoring a student in Geometry during my first year of teaching. My favorite part of Geometry is proofs, as it prepares students to logically think their way through problems of life to solutions.
Government & Politics
Government and Politics are closely related, but not by necessity. Government is needed to keep man safe from his neighbor, while politics always arises from man's attempt to control his neighbor. The goal of studying government is understanding how laws came to be, how they are best enforced, and how they should be changed or removed if they are not needful or necessary. Studying politics allows one to see how men and views can take control and how to stop others from gaining undue power.
While I have never taught a Government course, I did administer a video course on Government for two years. The time spent administering these videos drove me to further study the history of governments, particularly in England and America.
While I have formed strong political views through my time of studying government and politics, I do not seek to transfer my views to my students. I prefer to help them see the long-term and unintended consequences of views that they may form, so that they can come to their own solid convictions.
My favorite subject in school. I have had the privilege of teaching physics in America and in Thailand. I feel comfortable tutoring all high school level physics and physics I and II of the college level. My favorite areas of physics are kinematics and electricity.
I have one year of experience teaching Prealgebra. The goal of the Prealgebra class is to prepare students to succeed in Algebra.
While I feel more comfortable working with students in Algebra, I feel competent to recognize weaknesses a student has in Prealgebra and address those before they fall behind.
While I have never taught a course specifically on Precalculus, I did cover the material during the two years that I have taught Advanced Math. I also spent the first part of the Calculus class I taught (before textbooks arrived) reviewing Precalculus with those students. During this time, I developed study materials for them to use since they had no books. These same packets may be a resource that I could use to help students that I am tutoring.
The particular areas that I focus on in Precalculus include identifying functions and their transformations, trigonometric identities, conic sections, and limits.
As part of my studies for a degree in Biblical Studies in Missions, I had to study other religions of the world. My studies are done from a Fundamental Christian perspective, so I will admit my bias. Despite my bias, I have experience dealing with differing religions in a professional manner.
I have particularly studied religions that claim Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism, Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, etc). I have also had a course specifically on Islam.
Having lived in the far east (South Korea and Thailand), I have first hand experience interacting with Buddhism and Fundamental Islam.
I have taught trigonometry as part of Advanced Math class for two years. I also developed a packet of notes for trigonometry as part of my Precalculus review for my Calculus class that could be useful for Trigonometry students that I have for tutoring.
Among the topics that I feel comfortable teaching in Trigonometry are Trigonometric identities, Graphs of Trigonometric functions, and using Trigonometric functions to find measurements.
I played trombone from 7th grade through high school graduation. In college, I played a mixture of trombone, baritone, and tuba (sometimes switching instruments between songs) for five more years. I have also played in church orchestras.
I have experience teaching beginning players how to read music and the positions of the slide for each note.
I am qualified to teach a beginner the basics of how to play and care for a trombone. Because of experience I had with private instructors and the things I learned from years of playing in bands and orchestras, I believe I could be helpful in advancing an more seasoned player to an intermediate level of playing.
I would not be a good tutor to help someone that is already at the intermediate or advanced level of trombone playing.
Like many students, I never liked history in school. I could memorize enough names, dates, and places to keep an A, but did not actually care about the class. When I was in college, I finally had a teacher that made history interesting. Instead of memorizing a bunch of disconnected facts, she taught history as one interconnected story. My method of teaching history is built from this model. History is not just facts for memorizing; it is a story.
Since college, I have been a student of history, seeking out books to build my understanding of people and events that have shaped the world that we live in today. My particular area of interest is the far east, where I have the privilege of living for nearly two years of my life (South Korea and Thailand).
Along with teaching one year of history, I administered two years of video courses on history. While administering the videos, I was able to observe and learn from experienced teachers that helped me learn how to connect events for students to understand them better.