Algebra 1
Algebra 1 is a foundation course for all of the higher levels of mathematics as well as many science classes. I can help you get off to a strong start.
In Algebra 1 students typically start to learn some abstract concepts that are sometimes only loosely connected to real life problems. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common...
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Calculus
Calculus was invented to tackle real problems, but too often it seems like a bunch of abstract stuff and weird procedures to memorize. I first studied Calculus at Columbia Heights High School, with a great teacher, Roger Sadlowsky. When we tackled a new concept, he made sure we knew what it was good for. I help Calculus students see the meaning of procedures, and keep it connected to real life applications.
Calculus is like an upside-down pyramid - new concepts are balanced on the scaffolding...
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Physics
Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems.
I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.
Prealgebra
Prealgebra is sometimes when students lose ground in math. It's important to make sure that you understand the concepts, not just memorize procedures, because later math classes build on them.
When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for...
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Spanish
My primary subjects are science and math. However, I can help students with beginning levels of Spanish. This might be especially convenient if you need help in multiple subjects since we could spend a little bit of time on each as needed.
Proofreading
I have extensive experience proofreading student and professional work. I have graded reports at the high school and undergraduate college levels. I have also proofread works for publication and graduate work. I can help you fix errors in mechanics (spelling and punctuation) and sentence structure and work on effective organization and style.
GED
I can help especially with the Math and Science sections of the GED test. I've taught and tutored math from prealgebra through calculus, and chemistry, physics, and physical science. I can help you learn how to tackle problems, decipher word problems, and analyze reading passages, charts, and graphs. I can relate concepts to real world applications and concrete examples. I've taught or tutored students from middle school through adults. I try to discover what the individual student needs, and...
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Physical Science
In Physical Science, students have to bring together a variety of skills. It requires thinking concretely about experiments, understanding abstract concepts that apply to them, learning technical vocabulary, and setting up and solving mathematical problems.
I taught Physical Science for a number of years, and I understand the ways that students struggle in the course. I'm good at finding concrete ways to demonstrate concepts. I work with students to help them learn how to set up and...
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ASVAB
For ASVAB prep, I prefer to work only with adults 21 and older.
Cooking
I know how to purchase and cook gluten-free food from scratch. I can help someone learn what to look for in the grocery store and how you can make dishes from scratch that are gluten-free but still real, tasty, and nutritious. I can help someone figure out if they can make their own favorites gluten-free. I have been cooking gluten-free for myself for a year after decades of cooking mainly from scratch for my family.
I also could help someone who wants to learn to cook from scratch...
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Praxis
I am a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota for 9-12 Chemistry and Physics, as well as holding a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I have taken and passed the basic skills and subject-specific tests that were required for licensure. (Minnesota has since switched to a different testing system for licensure.) I have taught the content required for the Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science subject specific tests. I have taught and/or tutored the math content required for the basic skills math...
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Chemical Engineering
I have a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have taught Polymer Science at the UW-Madison, Introduction to Chemical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.
MTLE
The MTLE is the set of teacher licensure exams in Minnesota. I am a MN licensed teacher. I have tutored students for the MTLE Math Basic skills test. I am also on the K12 Education Policy committee in the State House of Representatives. I authored a bill (which passed into law) to determine how to improve or revise the Basic Skills set of the MTLE. I am on the task force created by that law. I have researched the scope and testing conditions for the tests. I am interested tutoring students for...
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