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University of Chicago (Economics)
University of Miami School of Law (J.D.)
New York University School of Law (Master's)
Math Tutoring; Test Prep for GED, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, and Real Estate Sales Agent exam; Writing; Editing; Learning Software.
I have a BA in Economics from U of Chicago; am a certified Math teacher (grades 5-8, 9-12), and have taught Biology, Chemistry, and Computers (MS Office), with 10 years of experience teaching in Boston Public Schools & Department of Youth Services working with at-risk urban youth, and also in private schools.
I earned a Juris Doctorate from the U of Miami School of Law, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
I am a Licensed Attorney, Member of the Bar, and a Professional Legal Editor, with expertise on topics of Tax Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, and Bankruptcy.
My students describe me as "patient and precise". I can communicate with people from all walks of life and students on all learning levels and styles.
I am careful to fill any gaps in knowledge. I encourage independence and critical thinking. My greatest asset is an infectious love of learning. I see exam prep as an opportunity for learning content not only strategy and time management. The best tutor is the one who brings out the best in the particular student. Process is key. Math Tutoring; Test Prep for GED, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, and Real Estate Sales Agent exam; Read more
Minimum lesson time two hours. Travel expenses to be agreed upon if long distance. Rate negotiable for level of difficulty. 24 hour notice to cancel or 1/2 hour cancellation fee.
She took her time to explain the basics of math because I was so lost and I couldn't remember anything. I liked the way she explained the problems, and I know for sure that if I keep up with her, I will pass my test!
Took her time to really help me understand basic math concepts. Had a real reliable and flexible schedule. She used real life examples to help break down complicated math problems.
Ellie was a very patient and helpful tutor to me. She met me at a location and time of my choice which made the process very easy. Ellie is a very nice person who I would recommend.
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Algebra 1 includes using variables, solving equations for unknown variables, representing relationships between quantities as equalities (or inequalities) in graphs, symbols, and meaningful word problems, recognizing and describing relationships and patterns such as ratios and proportions, direct and inverse variation, and introduction to functions, slope/intercept formulas of linear functions (y = mx + b), standard form for linear functions (Ax + By = C), distinguishing between linear and exponential relationships, representing exponents symbolically, including negative and fractional exponents, and solving problems involving exponents such as compound interest calculations. I utilize multiple representations such as graphic, symbolic, and verbal, even rhythmic and spatial, to unify an understanding of geomtry with algebra and real world applications.
I passed three bar exams on my first try: NY, MA, and FL, including the multi-state exam, shortly -- about 4 months -- after graduating from law school, in 1985. I took a bar review course which helped to emphasize testable topics, and to engage a support network of fellow students and instructors. My hard, honest work during law school nurtured my scholarly development, so I can spot issues, identify operative facts, and apply analogous logic with ease. To prep a student today, I would need access to recent publications tracking frequently tested topics over time and recently.
Although not certified in Biology, I had to teach it, and I found it fascinating. My favorite topic was "Macromolecules" (proteins, carbs, lipids, and nucleic acids), because of its overlap with chemistry. My class made posters of the structural formulas. We also accessed fun, interactive web sites many provided the government and universities, to master vocabulary and concepts, like Human Body Systems, Homoeostasis, Mendelain Genetics (genes, dominant and recessive traits, Punnett Squares, genotypes, phenotypes, genetic expression), Cells (types, parts, structure and function, division -- meiosis and mitosis, DNA/RNA), Cycles (respiration, photosynthesis), Food Pyramids, the Role of Enzymes, Population Measures, Ecosystems, Evolution, and Endangered Species.
English can be taught on all levels; language is an art.
Beginners, including young people and those learning it as a second language, would focus on vocabulary and grammar. Fundamentals include the parts of speech, sentence construction, punctuation, writing paragraphs, short essays and reports, and simple poetry.
Advanced work includes longer reports and essays, with more organization including contents and bibliographies. High school students could also read and write plays and songs or lyrics, and more poetry. On the adult level, I would put published works, and interoffice communications, legal and business documents.
All students practice reading, writing, and speaking with increasing sophistication.
I have so much to offer my GED Math students. From my years of teaching Middle and High School Math in alternative settings, I got skilled at simplifying subjects and filling "gaps" in learning. I can do this quickly, in a fraction of the time other teachers take. Speaking of fractions, the GED Math involves a lot a basics. I review with my students from the ground up, from Number Systems up to Equations and everything in between. Some students come from different countries that use different symbols and we go over that. In the end, it is necessary to be able to use math to solve problems. Answering the GED questions right is the beginning of a new confidence in Math.
I teach genetics on the high school level as part of a year long biology sequence. We cover molecular structure of DNA and RNA, chromosomes, chromatids, cell duplication, genotype, phenotype, Punnett Squares, Mendelein genetics, laws of dominance, genetic expression such as switching genes on and off, sources of mutations, codons, base pairs. We cover everything that might be on the BIOLOGY MCAS about genetics, and some material that might be on AP BIOLOGY exam, but not college level or higher. I have been teaching this for more than 5 years.
I taught fundamentals of Geometry, starting with points, lines, line segments, planes, parallel lines, intersecting lines, rays, angles, polygons, common polygons like triangles, squares, rectangles, etc. special triangles (isosceles, equilateral, 30-60-90, 45-45-90, how to find the sum of interior angles, how to prove congruence and similarity, how to find area and perimeter of regular and irregular shapes. I had the privilege of working with software called "Geometer's Sketch Pad", which allowed students to construct shapes and figures and then manipulate them on the screen while viewing measurements of constant relations, such as the ratios between side lengths. I also spent time sharing about "Sacred Geometry" to my class, or about the "Golden Ratio", in Art, Architecture, and Nature.
Students preparing for the GMAT should review essential skills as well as emphasize test- taking strategy. Verbal skills include grammar because the rules of grammar impact comprehension. Logical analytical techniques include making comparisons and questioning assumptions, for example. Essential Math skills include ratios, percents, exponents, graphs, statistics, data analysis, probability, Geometry, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. This is only high school material however the questions are challenging and get progressively difficult as you keep answering them correctly. I prepare students to encounter the "hardest" Math questions typically presented on the GMATs.
I have a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law, or an "Ll.M". I took courses in income taxation for individuals, for corporations, estates and trusts. I worked for a large bank in NY a tax legal research assistant, and I worked in publishing editing tax textbooks. I have represented clients in tax court. I can show a person to make sense of incomes, deductions, credits, various schedules, and the policy reasons for the rules, sometimes just be reading the free publications put out by the IRS or state.
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