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Joan S.

Medford, MA

$70/hr

Dr Joan's friendly, hassle-free college math and statistics

Background check passed as of 2/16/14
Usually responds in about 5 hours

Dr Joan's friendly, hassle-free college math and statistics

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I love math, but if you don't, I understand! I can make it less scary for you. I have taught or tutored everything from basic arithmetic to upper-division engineering math, as well as statistics. I have helped hundreds of people by listening to them, understanding their approach to math, and then showing them where to make adjustments. I do best with college-age and adult learners, but I also tutor high school students.

My specialties are elementary statistics, calculus, and applied math for engineering including differential equations, stochastic processes, and linear algebra. I have a Bachelor's in Math, Master's in applied math, and Ph.D. in engineering math via Electrical Engineering (at UC Santa Barbara). I logged over 2500 hours' time in one-on-one tutoring through Pearson Tutor Services, and am in my third year as an adjunct at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Before working with Pearson, I was an aerospace engineer, designing navigational software for an Air Force transport plane as well as GPS-aided space navigation. I have over nine years' experience in the classroom at both the university level (Washington U in St. Louis, UC Santa Barbara, Wentworth) and the community college level (Santa Barbara City College, North Shore Community College). I had several clients for one-on-one tutoring in the home, at libraries, or at schools in Santa Barbara, CA, where I helped with GED math, college prep math, and college statistics.

I'd love to hear from you ... early on in your math or stats course, rather than later!

Testimonials

"Great tutor, easy to connect with."

- Cynthia, Newton Center, MA on 10/4/12
Joan replied on 12/14/2012

Thank you! It has been a pleasure to work with you as well.

"Wonderful AP Statistics Tutor"

- Heidi , Belmont, MA on 11/23/14

"Great Math Tutor!"

- Nerla, Everett, MA on 2/4/13

"Very helpful!"

- Jennifer, Boston, MA on 4/29/12
Corporate Training:
Statistics

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Algebra 1

An excellent listener who will personalize your tutoring session to your needs. With over twenty years' experience in teaching math, I can give clear and simple explanations to even the most complex problems.

Algebra 2

I have experience in using Algebra 2 concepts in real life, as well as extensive experience in teaching Algebra 2 (among other math subjects). I can explain functions and graphing. I am comfortable explaining trigonometry using either a right-triangle or a unit-circle approach.

My Ph.D. dissertation involved a lot of matrix algebra, so I can easily explain anything that has to do with matrices or determinants.

I am also proficient in using Texas Instruments graphing calculators, and can help you learn to use the calculator (if needed) as well as to solve problems using the calculator.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Calculus

Do you need a Math Whisperer? Then call me. Whatever level of understanding you have, I will meet you there and we will go forward together. With over a decade's experience teaching higher mathematics, I can give simple explanations to even the most complicated subjects.

Differential Equations

I have professional experience in using systems of linear first-order differential and differential equations in aerospace engineering. I have also taught introductory courses in first-order systems for engineers, and advanced calculus for engineers (which includes elementary partial differential equations, Fourier series, and Laplace transform methods for solving linear ODE's). I can help students with basic linear ODE's and with phase-plane analysis.

My Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California at Santa Barbara was concerned with matrix methods for higher-order linear differential equations, so I can also explain matrix differential equations.

Discrete Math

I have over 8 years of experience in tutoring, and 7 years of experience in actually using discrete math in the aerospace industry. I can help you with these and other topics:

- math for finance including interest and annuities
- systems of linear equations and matrices
- linear programming
- Markov chains
- difference equations
- logic and sets
- probability and elementary statistics

Matrix methods and Linear Programming are a specialty! I can help you understand it AND help you find the easiest ways to do your calculations.

Linear Algebra

I have professional experience in using linear algebra and matrix methods to solve problems in aerospace engineering -- specifically, problems in aircraft and spacecraft navigation.

My Ph.D. dissertation involved quadratic forms and eigenvalue-based methods of analyzing interactions between the different components in a model. I also taught a course in applied linear algebra for engineers that included matrix algebra, eigenvalue and eigenvector analysis, vector spaces, and least-squares methods.

I am very familiar with: linear systems of equations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality, least-squares methods, symmetric matrices and quadratic forms, the geometry of vector spaces, Markov chains, and applications of linear algebra to optimization problems including but not limited to linear programming.

I am the author, with I.B. Rhodes, of a matrix inequality theorem.

Prealgebra

I have extensive in tutoring people in pre-algebra, as well as in teaching it in the classroom at North Shore Community College.

My approach to tutoring is to ask you to show me what you have been doing; once we do that, I will tailor the lessons to your particular needs and learning style. I have a reputation for being able to help even the most stressed-out students!

I can help you understand any pre-algebra topic including:
- variables
- solving equations
- using formulas
and...
- THE DREADED WORD PROBLEMS.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Precalculus

I have extensive tutoring experience in precalculus. I will be happy to help you with any of the following:

- trigonometry (either right triangle or unit circle approach)
- functions and graphs
- analytic geometry, including equations for circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas
- limits
- sequences and series
- rates of change

I will probably begin by asking you to tell me what you already know and how you have been approaching your math homework; then I can work with you in a way that respects your learning style and your needs. I also have a reputation for being able to work with even the most frustrated students -- just in case you fit that description.

I am proficient with Texas Instruments graphing calculators, so if that is part of your curriculum, I can help you out there too.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Probability

I have over a decade's experience teaching probability and stats, and can give a clear and simple explanation for even the most complicated problems. I will begin with what you already understand, and then work from there! Proficient with TI graphing calculators, Minitab, and StatCrunch; familiar with some Casio graphing calculators. I am an excellent listener who will personalize your tutoring session to your needs.

Statistics

With over a decade's teaching experience, I can give simple, clear explanations for even the most complex topics in Introductory Statistics. I am proficient with TI graphing calculators, Minitab, and StatCrunch; I am familiar with some Casio graphing calculators.

Trigonometry

I have professional experience using trigonometry, as an aerospace engineer working with navigation calculations, so my knowledge is very thorough!

I understand how to explain trig concepts and calculations using either a right-triangle or a unit-circle approach.

If you work with me, I will begin by asking you to show me what you already understand. That will tell me what areas we need to work on, and how I need to adapt the lesson to your particular need and your particular learning style.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Joan’s Resources

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I am new to WyzAnt, so I'd like to introduce myself. I am a math teacher with over 10 years' worth of experience teaching college students. The courses I have taught range from basic mathematics to upper-division engineering mathematics, and my specialty these days is statistics. Until recently, I was a tutor for Pearson Tutor Services, where I helped thousands of people with their math... read more

Creighton
Mathematics
Washington University in Saint Louis, MO
Master's
University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD

Education

Creighton (Mathematics)

Washington University in Saint Louis, MO (Master's)

University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD)

Great tutor, easy to connect with. — Joan is a great tutor. She helped with my statistics class at a point when I thought I was beyond help. She is patient and pleasant to work with and not only knows the material but she can teach it!. She is wonderful to work with and I would not only recommend her but I will use her again. ...

— Cynthia, Newton Center, MA on 10/4/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Basic Math and Algebra hourly rate: $60. Groups: add $15 per additional student. Round-trip travel above 30 miles: my basic rate is $85. Cancellation fee: the cost of a 30-minute session.

Travel policy

Joan will travel within 15 miles of Medford, MA 02155.


About Joan

I love math, but if you don't, I understand! I can make it less scary for you. I have taught or tutored everything from basic arithmetic to upper-division engineering math, as well as statistics. I have helped hundreds of people by listening to them, understanding their approach to math, and then showing them where to make adjustments. I do best with college-age and adult learners, but I also tutor high school students.

My specialties are elementary statistics, calculus, and applied math for engineering including differential equations, stochastic processes, and linear algebra. I have a Bachelor's in Math, Master's in applied math, and Ph.D. in engineering math via Electrical Engineering (at UC Santa Barbara). I logged over 2500 hours' time in one-on-one tutoring through Pearson Tutor Services, and am in my third year as an adjunct at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Before working with Pearson, I was an aerospace engineer, designing navigational software for an Air Force transport plane as well as GPS-aided space navigation. I have over nine years' experience in the classroom at both the university level (Washington U in St. Louis, UC Santa Barbara, Wentworth) and the community college level (Santa Barbara City College, North Shore Community College). I had several clients for one-on-one tutoring in the home, at libraries, or at schools in Santa Barbara, CA, where I helped with GED math, college prep math, and college statistics.

I'd love to hear from you ... early on in your math or stats course, rather than later!

Testimonials

"Great tutor, easy to connect with."

- Cynthia, Newton Center, MA on 10/4/12
Joan replied on 12/14/2012

Thank you! It has been a pleasure to work with you as well.

"Wonderful AP Statistics Tutor"

- Heidi , Belmont, MA on 11/23/14

"Great Math Tutor!"

- Nerla, Everett, MA on 2/4/13

"Very helpful!"

- Jennifer, Boston, MA on 4/29/12
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Education

Creighton
Mathematics
Washington University in Saint Louis, MO
Master's
University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD

Education

Creighton (Mathematics)

Washington University in Saint Louis, MO (Master's)

University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Basic Math and Algebra hourly rate: $60. Groups: add $15 per additional student. Round-trip travel above 30 miles: my basic rate is $85. Cancellation fee: the cost of a 30-minute session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Medford, MA 02155

Joan’s Subjects

Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Joan’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Joan. View all of Joan’s resources

I am new to WyzAnt, so I'd like to introduce myself. I am a math teacher with over 10 years' worth of experience teaching college students. The courses I have taught range from basic mathematics to upper-division engineering mathematics, and my specialty these days is statistics. Until recently, I was a tutor for Pearson Tutor Services, where I helped thousands of people with their math... read more


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