For four years, I had taught High School Mathematics. I had also done tutoring on campus at both Schoolcraft College and Wayne State University, but now am a full time private tutor, with office space for tutoring sessions.

Prior to that, I had done the installation, training, and programming of Point-of-Sale equipment, as well as accounting functions, such as Business Personal Property Taxes. Through these experiences, I can draw on practical applications for my tutoring, as well as the abilities to be flexible, adaptable, and most of all, patient.

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Algebra 2

College Level: Intermediate Algebra

High School Level: Algebra II

Algebra 2 is typically taken after Geometry, but can be taken beforehand. Check with your counselor beforehand either way before doing either, however. A large focus here is placed on parent graphs, how you can translate them, and how their corresponding equations would look. Factoring techniques are covered in depth, and quite often, a deeper look will be taken at Trigonometry, beyond SOHCAHTOA, to accommodate ACT...
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Calculus

Calc I: Take the formula for slope from your algebra and geometry classes, change the notation, and see what happens when the 'run' is taken to be infinitely small.

This derivative will then be used for practical applications: minimizing outputs, maximizing outputs, related rates, etc... Anything from your Alg I, Alg II, and Geom is fair game for working out a problem.

A lot of time will be spent learning the rules for finding the derivative of a function by means of: Power...
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Geometry

Most of a student's difficulty comes from writing proofs. Think of it as writing an argumentative paper, and having to cite your sources.

With the 'Given' typically as your introduction, make your argument with any supporting definitions, postulates, and/or theorems available to you at that time, and end it with what you want to 'prove' as your conclusion.

Your particular geometry text book is your source for citing, unless other material is given by your instructor. You...
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Precalculus

A further look is taken at parent graphs, how they can be translated, and the domain and range of functions are more closely kept track of.

Main things to look for when determining the domain of a function: division by zero, square rooting (or any even root) of a number.

Anything learned in previous math classes is fair game at any point, and more time will be spent on special classes of functions, and identities: logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, rational, etc...Read More

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ASVAB

I have done tutoring for the ASVAB Math portion, which I would compare to the SAT, or the ACT without the Trigonometry, both of which I have also done tutoring.

There are two math portions on this test: Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge. The Arithmetic Reasoning portion contains word problems, while the Mathematics Knowledge portion contains algebra and geometry problems, which may or may not start off as a word problem.

Currently, no calculator is allowed, so...
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ACT Math

The ACT Math covers topics from Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.

If you are in Pre-Calc, you have most likely seen all the information before.

While the test is certainly checking for content knowledge, it also checks for a certain level of ability to manipulate the material.

Though a calculator is allowed, all questions are designed to be done without, and usually with less effort or the same as typing into the calculator. Time should be set aside...
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