My ACT English course prepares students for the test. consisting of five prose passages, each one accompanied by multiple-choice test questions. Various grammatical concepts I cover are punctuation, grammar & usage, sentence structure, and rhetorical skills in strategy, organization, and style.
Each prose section is followed by questions that offer corrections to (or ask about) underlined portions of the passage. Brief grammar lessons help students to use their proofreading skills to answer these questions.
The ACT Math test covers math that your child has studied all the way through 11th grade. My ACT Math tutoring includes a brief review of those middle and high school concepts (like exponents, probability, graphs, fractions, etc.). I place strong emphasis on problem-solving skills: understanding the question, organizing information, following directions, and a step-by-step approach to every problem.
The ACT reading passages test your ability to understand what the author says... and what he is saying indirectly, and my years of experience with this test help my students know the difference. Besides earning over a 30 on the reading test as a student myself, I have tutored several students in the ACTs. I show how to scan a passage for the information after reading the questions, and why it is important to read each response carefully for clues in the context.
I have taught high school science for several years, and my experience includes not just the formulas and experiments but also comprehension of reading selections. ACT reading is more about comprehension of the passage and diagrams, and we discuss quick review of data, paragraph-scanning, and reasoning.
Algebra instruction includes a diagnostic test that targets specific difficulties and weaknesses. General Algebra includes variables and constants (numbers); solving one-step, two-step, and multi-step equations; analyzing word problems; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of polynomials; algebraic factors and fractions; and radical fractions.
Advanced algebra also includes graphing (covered in geometry as well), solving systems of equations, and beginning quadratic equations.
Algebra 2 includes the following major concepts: discussion of sets, relations, functions, and structure; numbers, sentences, and number and motion problems (absolute value, for example); equations and inequalities; polynomials; radical expressions; real numbers; quadratic relations and systems; exponential functions; and counting (including progressions, permutations, etc.).
My experience is with Old and New Testament studies, Biblical theology, and interpretation. My master's degree is in Old Testament exegesis, and I have completed post-graduate studies as well--two class short of a Master's of Theology.
My 20+ years of teaching and tutoring experience includes elementary through high school reading, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language. My reading strategy includes phonics and reading comprehension. Math deals with fundamentals such as the basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with extensive drills for memory.
The basics highlight my teaching, and I teach for mastery.
Elementary math covers all areas of addition, subtraction, multiplying, division, decimals, fractions, factoring, metric conversions, probability, beginning geometry (shapes, area, perimeter), early algebra, etc.
Math drills (flash cards) are strongly emphasized. My goal is for your child to increase speed and accuracy of calculation WITHOUT a calculator. However, elementary math (upper grades) does include a knowledge of how to use a basic calculator.
I have experience teaching and administrating English classes for speakers of other languages; my linguistic background and teaching and tutoring experience includes reading/writing/speaking/listening in every lesson. I am a patient teacher who uses conversation as the main feature of English learning.
I have worked as an assistant GED instructor and primary GED instructor for two community organizations. As an adult basic education supervisor, I encouraged GED instructors to include peer teaching and small-group/one-on-one sessions with considerable success. My overall familiarity and competency with all the subject areas of the GED thoroughly prepares my students. I concentrate on subjects individually to help students master each one.
Geometry tutoring includes a diagnostic test, which targets the specific areas of challenge for your child.
Geometry covers definitions (point, line, plane, etc.) and terms (including postulates and theorems); proofs (logic and reasoning); angles and parallel lines; congruency and inequalities of triangles and quadrilaterals; similar polygons; circles; constructions; area, volume, perimeter of polygons, circles, and solids; and coordinate geometry.
Special attention is given to ACT and SAT preparation.
My experience with The Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) includes my familiarity with the major divisions of the test itself: literature and vocabulary for reading comprehension, multi-step method to writing preparation for the essay, and all areas of number operations, pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry required for the math test. Besides my own familiarity with the test, I have prepared several students and teachers over the past several years for parts of the Praxis 1. Generally, I use the incorrect exercises to review the fundamentals of the general math to college algebra and reading comprehension (literary style, author's viewpoint, etc.). My tutoring sessions often focus on specific areas of weakness and solving with shortcuts.
An initial diagnostic test helps target specific challenges your child may have.
Pre-algebra covers the following subject areas: whole numbers (including graphing); numbers and factoring; rational and irrational numbers; fractions (including estimation, percent, and operations); statistics, graphs, and probability; integers and operations; formulas for area, perimeter, and volume; and algebraic fractions.
As a schoolteacher, administrator, and researcher, I have been engaged in numerous writing projects as author, editor, and proofreader. My English grammar is impeccable, and my writing is exemplary. While most of my writing and proofreading has been in an academic environment, my work has included publishing catalogs, editing books and workbooks, and assisting graduate students with research projects.
Reading is more than pronouncing words on a page; it is comprehension and the ability to critically analyze material. I have worked with students from elementary to middle school for more than 10 years learn how to pick up the who, what, where, when, why, and how details in reading selections; but more important, I have experienced success teaching young students skills in comprehension and expression.
Although SAT math covers a variety of arithmetic skills with algebra and geometry, the focus of my SAT math tutoring focuses on the shortcuts, problem-solving tricks, and special calculation that makes the math a "friendly exercise."
Rather than losing 1/4 point for each wrong answer (and rather than losing valuable points by skipping the difficult ones), learn how to use your knowledge of elementary, middle, and high school math to your advantage. Gain points and pointers with my SAT math tutoring!
My 10+ years' experience tutoring in SAT reading includes several components. I coach students in vocabulary (by teaching the meaning of affixes and root words), reading comprehension (author's perspective, vocabulary in context, etc.). I offer important reading tips that improve students' scores--skimming, reading questions first to improve reading memory, process of elimination, etc.
From grammar to essay-writing and mechanics, my expertise in writing includes elementary, middle, and high school age students. I have taught SAT writing for more than 10 years, and my teaching and tutoring includes grammar and mechanics review, essay-writing from outlining to brainstorming and paragraph construction. There is an art to writing, but its science can be mastered; I'm the tutor to help you master the SAT writing section.
My approach to Spanish involves speaking, writing, listening, and reading, the 4 areas of learning one's first language. The focus is on fluency in communication.
Beginning Spanish: Grammar, vocabulary, conversation, and writing targets the following subject matter: introductions, school, family and home, the town and city, hobbies, restaurant, personal care, traveling, and special idioms.
Intermediate Spanish: Focus is on grammar, vocabulary, writing, and conversation with the various parts of speech, especially verb tenses (present, past, future, participles, prepositions, commands, and subjunctive.
I have several years' experience teaching elementary school reading as well as reading and reading comprehension for English as a second language. My phonetics includes (1) a thorough review of the alphabet and pronunciation, (2) rhyming words and short-vowel 3-letter words, (3) long vowels, and (4) syllable accents. The student strives for fluency, correct pronunciation, and reading comprehension.
My experience in study skills ranges from elementary to high school and includes teaching study skills, time management, and organization. My study skills instruction involves (1) creating a schedule for daily test and quiz study, (2) organizing notebooks and files, and (3) research preparation (including brainstorming, notes, source location, etc.). My objective is to help students learn to set their own schedules, study daily, and manage projects.