Math is in my blood. My father used to say that all the Veers were good at Math. It proved to be true. My brothers, my sister, we all excelled in Math. Now I tutor Math while my college age son studies Math and Computer Science at one of the best colleges for these subjects, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
There are as many approaches to learning to like Math as there are individual learning styles. When my son went to grade school, I used to write him little notes, each with a little math problem for him to solve in his spare time. He loved it. It allowed me to check on his progress without asking the teacher. She was astounded by the progress he was making and admitted that she was not able to challenge him enough in her class. Liking of Math is nurtured, it is not based on a genetic predisposition. Thorough knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm are a good start. Adapting to the student's learning style allows the teacher to succeed in conveying the knowledge and the liking.
This approach has served me well as a teacher and as a tutor.
Math has always come easy to me. I took the most advanced Math courses at my school in Germany, including Calculus and Linear Algebra, Statistics, and anything building up to those courses. Classmates and friends would ask me for help. Many told me they only understood the concepts after I explained them.
Math seems to be in my genes. My father was good in Math, my siblings all were, and my son studies Math at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the best colleges for the subject.
Tutoring has been a pleasure and a rewarding experience. I work with students of all levels and find an approach that engages and starts building success. Try me.
History is one of my passions. I studied history in college and graduated from Wash. U., St. Louis, MO, in 1984 with a Masters degree in History. After five years of teaching at private high schools I practiced law. After 20 years as attorney I am going back to teaching. I passed the teacher tests in History, Latin, and German in 2011. At this point I am tutoring while winding down my law practice. I begin by assessing each student's individual needs and learning style before putting together a plan of action that is workable and effectively addresses those needs. I have found my German background a valuable asset in understanding, and teaching, American history because it helps me point out the connections between developments in Europe, and other parts of the world, and the uniquely American experience.
I have played chess since my childhood. In recent years I have begun playing chess online with a number of international players. My average opponent is highly ranked. When I do lose, it is often by timeouts or because I did not use much time to think. I work on openings, the middle game, and the endgame that often involves pawn positioning strategy. At this point I am a competitive player. I love the game.
I have taught Latin and History, studied Latin and History, with an emphasis on Ancient and Medieval European History, and have passed the Massachusetts subject matter test for teachers of Latin and Classical Humanities. Latin and Greek are part of our cultural DNA. The study of these roots of our present society brings abundant fruit, and can be very enjoyable in the process. "Know Thyself!" reminded the words inscribed at the temple of Apollo in Delphi. The study of the Classics aims at nothing less than that.
German is a language spoken by more people in Europe as a first language than any other. Situated in the heart of the continent, the territory of the German nation has served for centuries as a crossroads of streams of ideas, of peoples, languages and cultures. It is not by accident that its residents, historically, have been subjected to significant stresses from a variety of sources and directions. Yet, its people have managed to reset, rebound, and return to a status of respect among nations, time and again.
I have taught German to toddlers, to senior citizens, to business people, to college students. I like the language, the culture, the challenges associated with trying to understand the roles this land, this culture, have played in history down to the present.
I'd love to be your guide and mentor.
Latin was love at first sight for the pious altar boy who learned the Latin phrases from his oldest brother in 1964. As it turned out, the language of the Catholic church was also the language in which Newton wrote about gravity, and the language of science in general for centuries. Then I learned how the inspiring oratory of Rome's foremost attorney, Cicero, worked its rediscovered magic on Italians of the Renaissance era who found dust covered manuscripts of his speeches and educative musings. Like Petrarca in the 14th century we too can rediscover the treasures of Western civilization and learn more about who we are when we study Latin, because this language is embedded in our cultural DNA. I studied Latin at a German Gymnasium (college preparatory school) for six years followed by four years in college. I continued to read Latin in my professional life during leisure times. After 20 years of practicing law I am returning to teaching. I want to help young individuals, and not so young ones, to make the most of their talents. In my life the time and effort invested in learning Latin have paid solid dividends that continue to accrue to this day.
Since grade school I tutored peers in Math. My father told us it was in our blood. I believe we grew up with parents who believed in education and in our abilities, especially in Math. During high school (German Gymnasium) I took the most advanced Math courses (college prep/AP) and continued to be a resource to fellow students who had difficulties grasping terminology or concepts. My son took a similar course and is now studying Math and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, PA. Math does not have to be difficult. It is important to nurture comfort with numbers and Math logic. That is what I am good at, and that is what my students learn from me. The effects are solid and long term.