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I am a current doctoral student in Mathematics Education at UNC. I have a master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from American University in Washington, DC and am a fully credentialed teacher. I taught 8th grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry for two years and have over nine years of tutoring experience in all levels of math (including K-12, college, and test preparation). Additionally, I was a mathematics major as an undergraduate which affords me the rich content knowledge needed to explain math conceptually in many different ways. I scored a perfect 800 on the quantitative section of the GRE and recently co-authored an SAT math preparation book designed for students aiming to get a perfect score on the SAT (on Amazon, search for "SAT Math Prep 800: Challenge Yourself to a Perfect Score).
My tutoring philosophy centers around teaching for conceptual understanding while integrating in problem solving skills and general academic strategies (i.e., organization, self-regulation of understanding, study techniques). In my teaching and tutoring, I use research-based methods that have been proven to increase student achievement. I have worked with many types of learners, including those with disabilities, and will match my tutoring style to the learning style of the student. Whenever possible, I utilize hands-on materials, manipulatives, and real-life settings in order to maximize conceptual understanding. I am passionate about math and love sharing my enthusiasm with students; I believe that a teacher's excitement translates to the student.
I focus on achievement results and have a track record of success. Last year I worked long-term with three students: an 8th grader than improved from an F to a B in Algebra, a 5th grade that went from 56% to 92% on math standardized testing, and a 9th grader that scored a 93% on an Honors Geometry final exam.
When you hire me as a tutor, I do not just work during the time of our sessions. I am also available nights and weekends by phone if you or your student have questions (including providing on-call homework help), and I plan individual lessons and long term unit plans in advance (when appropriate) on my own time. (I only charge for our time together, however.) I believe in collaboration between tutors, teachers, parents, and students and often will email teachers about course content or to give progress updates in addition to verbal consultation with parents before and after each session. I truly want my students to be successful and care about their progress and understanding.
Also, because I am passionate about creating equality in education, I spend equal amounts of time volunteering in a Chapel Hill public elementary school as I spend tutoring privately. So, for every hour you pay for, I also give an hour to public school students (currently 4th graders).
Please note that I only tutor in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, usually at a library classroom or at UNC. Please feel free to send me an email with what subject you are interested in and how much tutoring you anticipate needing. I look forward to working with you!
Extremely patient and knows her math! — Our daughter has been working with Audra for 2 months now. She has gained so much more confidence in learning geometry! Her grades have really improved. She made an A on her last test! We are thankful for the work Audra has done with our daughter. She is very patient and really explains math well. ...
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