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If you need help in mathematics or the language arts, please contact me. I also provide serious, practical coaching in test-taking skills, especially for ACT, PSAT, SAT, and ASVAB.
I am a zealous teacher and a caring person, so if you are willing to apply yourself during our lessons, I guarantee I can help you learn. "Math anxiety" and "test anxiety" can be overcome!
• A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, with a high concentration in mathematics
• 2 years of experience as an adjunct instructor of mathematics at a community college
• 3 years as a volunteer reading tutor for Laubach Literacy Council
• Over 15 years of experience tutoring students in mathematics, computer science, English, and French at the middle school, high school, and college levels
• 15 years of experience teaching scientific computer programming and applications to employees in both the public and private sectors
• 15 years of experience with Microsoft products (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher)
• 10 years of experience as an editor of professional communications
• 10 years of experience in speech writing and public speaking
• 8 years of experience training instructors in content delivery, classroom deportment, and public speaking
• Advanced foreign language studies, including a computer science internship at a technical college in Compiègne, France
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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and I designed courses and conducted training in related subjects at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, DC, for 9 years. Courses included Data Processing Concepts, Scientific Computer Programming, and specific programming languages, such as the SAS (statistical) System. I also designed workshops for specific technical applications, such as importing data, storing data in appropriate formats, performing calculations, and report design.
I work with elementary school children in two areas: Reading and Mathematics
Reading: I have 2 years of experience as a Laubach Literacy tutor; 2 years of experience as a reading tutor of students in elementary and middle school. I work with appropriate lists of sight words; I use reading (and eventually writing) stories incorporating sight words; I introduce students to the rules of pronunciation appropriate to their scholastic level; I read aloud together and separately, working for the student's improved fluency, from stories that include an abundance of words that reinforce the pronunciation lessons. I help student create a journal of lessons learned and show them how to use it as a reference whenever and wherever they are reading. I encourage an "I can do it!" attitude and a joy for reading.
Mathematics: I have 2 years as a math tutor of elementary and middle school students. I teach counting, the number line, addition, subtraction, skip-counting, multiplication, and division; (eventually) the concept of fractions and decimal numbers. I use a variety of visual devices and games to teach the basics; I continually reinforce newly-learned skills as we move to the next skills level/operation; I continually demonstrate how they all relate to one another. I help students develop their own math board game as an ongoing project. I encourage an attitude of "I can really use math!"
I have studied French from my elementary school years through college. I spent one semester of college studying abroad at the University of Technology in Compiègne, France. Throughout that time I had the added advantage of living with a host family and experiencing their day-to-day lives. I also completed a job internship while I was there. I spoke no English the entire time I was in France.
I specialize in both Math and the Language Arts, so I can give excellent help in both the math and verbal subject areas of the GMAT. I particularly focus on interpreting the questions correctly, because it is my experience that that is the biggest challenge for students when they're working with the GMAT (versus the GRE, wherein the questions are more straightforward, particularly in the math sections). This method helps students increase their scores in the Sufficient Data section as well as in the Verbal section of the exam.
Languages are fluid and in a continual state of change. The work I do as a freelance editor (for a local publishing house and a closed-caption transcription company) keeps me current with the detailed rules of English grammar. I am familiar with the guidelines followed in the schools and major industries, and I am particularly knowledgeable about the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.
Besides being able to explain how the rules work, I can give you good explanations of why they work as they do. My students find that very helpful.
To keep up with my proofreading skills, I do a significant amount of work as a freelance editor. I currently work under contract as a copy editor for a local publishing house as well as for company that publishes closed-caption transcriptions for clients in multiple industries.
My college education included a minor in languages. My professional education included a long series of courses in presentation design and public speaking.
My professional experience includes training trainers to improve their classroom presentations and general deportment, coaching speakers in how to make effective public presentations, the art of speech writing, and making presentations myself to audiences of diverse backgrounds.
During my 9 years at the US Census Bureau in Washington DC, I was often asked to make professional presentations to audiences within the Bureau and at other federal agencies, on topics ranging from technical to motivational content. In my final year at the Bureau, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at a multi-agency education conference, attended by more than 1,000 people, and hosted by the National Institutes of Health.
Being organized is half the battle. I provide how-tos on getting organized, staying organized, and keeping up with the pace of the class. I teach students how to use their time and resources more effectively to maximize their learning in any subject. We also discuss "time wasters" (i.e., how to avoid activities that take up your time and yield no positive results).
Here are the specific skills I address:
How to create your own reference materials: taking notes in a class lecture; taking notes while you read a text; developing formula sheets with purpose; developing a glossary; creating visual cues.
How to approach homework and ongoing study: when, where, and how; organizing your materials; best use of your text; using online resources.
How to preparing for a test: individual vs. group study; which materials to study and how to study them; focused practice exercises.
Excellent!!!! — I highly recommend Patrica!!! My daughter went to Patricia to help her with college Algebra. Math is the only class left before she gets her degree and it is tough for her. After one session, my daughter was able to complete math problems that she was unable to do prior to her tutoring session with Patricia. My daughter was diagnosed with a "math learning disability" in grade school. Throughou ...
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