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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a major leap for many students. Why do we use variables? What is the point of solving equations? How do we write an equation from a word problem? Mathematics takes on many qualities of a language in Algebra, whereas earlier math courses just involved numbers. Simplifying expressions with lots of variables raised to lots of powers may seem overwhelming at first. Linear equations, slope, direct variation, and functions are major concepts in Algebra 1. Students may encounter simultaneous...
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Algebra 2

Algebra 2 builds upon both algebra 1 and geometry, extending concepts such as trig functions and logarithms, and introducing concepts such as complex numbers. I like to insure the student has fully mastered prerequisite concepts, reviewing and reinforcing as necessary, then take them at their own speed into new material. As in all math courses, the student must practice each skill until it is mastered. I have a variety of materials to aid understanding, accelerate learning, improve retention,...
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Geometry

Geometry is a passion of mine. I can teach logic, proofs, constructions, solids and any other aspects of Geometry.

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Prealgebra

Prealgebra is so important in laying the groundwork for later success in math. The student is just beginning to consolidate earlier teachings and to incorporate abstract thinking. I can help students develop a deep understanding of variables, slopes, linear equations, solving equations, graphing lines, direct variation, formula manipulation and other prealgebra topics.

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Precalculus

I have successfully tutored several students recently in Precalculus. This is an exciting course, integrating previous learnings into powerful mathematical tools to solve real-life problems. I can identify and strengthen concepts the student may not have completely retained from prerequisite courses. I will safely guide the student through the challenges of Precalculus.

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English

I have used my English ability in several jobs, including proofreading, writing corporate minutes, editing, and now blogging. (You can see my blog on WyzAnt.) I read constantly, including modern fiction, classic fiction, scientific journals, and nonfiction.

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SAT Math

We can work sample problems, remediate any gaps in learning, and develop a test taking strategy so that you will succeed on the math portion of the SAT.

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SAT Reading

SAT reading can be a stumbling block for students with limited vocabulary or reading comprehension. My approach is to delve into the reasons behind the student's difficulties, and systematically target areas of weakness. I have multiple resources to increase vocabulary given enough lead time and practice by the student. I encourage the student to actively visualize while reading and carefully go over the whole spectrum of reading passages in order to strengthen comprehension.

I have...
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SAT Writing

SAT writing involves sentence and paragraph construction as well as a writing sample. If the student has already taken the SAT once, I analyze the results to evaluate how much effort to spend on each subtest. Otherwise, i have the student take a practice exam and use those results to evaluate needed strengthening.

I systematically train the student in the primary question types in the writing subtests.

If the writing sample is an area of concern, we practice, critique, and...
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Physical Science

I teach high school Physical Science, so I am familiar with common misconceptions students may have, as well as how to help students to develop a reliable problem-solving strategy. I can particularly help students who are anxious about all the formulas in Physical Science.

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ASVAB

I am a public school teacher in a school where many of the students take the ASVAB. I teach math and science, so can help on those topics -- including the mechanical comprehension, but am also knowledgeable on the electronics and shop sections. I worked as a computer field engineer for 10 years earlier in my career, servicing many military sites and using electronic and mechanical skills to fix and maintain large system computer hardware.

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PSAT

The PSAT is a major stepping-stone to a higher education. It is important for a student to be thoroughly prepared in math and language arts. I can help target preparation to areas that need strengthening.

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SSAT

I feel well-qualified to tutor for the SSAT because I have taught both middle and high school math. I have extensive experience with middle-schoolers' understanding of the topics covered as well as the perspective of what they will need to master to be successful in high school. I have also successfully tutored in writing and SAT prep, both verbal and math.

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ACT Math

I can help with test-taking strategy as well as with the required mathematics.

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Elementary Math

I am a certified secondary math teacher in North Carolina. While I presently teach at the high school level, I have accepted elementary tutoring students in 4th grade and above. I find this to be enjoyable and rewarding. I am hoping to get more students in this age range, as I believe I can offer encouragement and knowledge that will help them when they transition to middle school. This is the age when they are forming their attitudes toward math and building the thinking habits and self-confidence...
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ADD/ADHD

I am currently a certified math and science teacher at an alternative high school. I have taught in alternative schools for five years. Most of my students have ADD or ADHD, some successfully treated and some untreated. I have developed methods that are interactive, visual, kinesthetic and short in duration to gradually build my students' successes.

Additionally, I made an A grade in a graduate level course at Western Carolina University on teaching special needs children, including...
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Aspergers

I learned about Asperger's Disorder first-hand from my son, who was diagnosed with it near the end of elementary school, after approximately four years of severe problems in school, many medical opinions and four hospitalizations. I know first-hand the frustrations that students with Asperger's face.

Following this experience, I became an advocate for children with such challenges, giving teacher seminars and attending IEP meetings with parents. Since then I have obtained teacher certification...
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Dyslexia

I have taught and tutored many students with dyslexia. I have found that once computational difficulties are addressed, many of these students have a remarkable aptitude for more abstract math, such as algebra, geometry and probability/statistics. Many of these students have excelled at science as well, and thinking "outside the box."

I have taken at least four undergraduate and continuing education courses to improve the reading comprehension of my students in math and science. My...
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Logic

I have a B.A. in Mathematics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1975). My strongest area was Logic. I passed a graduate-level Logic course at GW with a 100% average. Professors repeatedly noted my strength in writing short and effective proofs.

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Praxis

I am a certified teacher and have passed Praxis exams not only for basic certification, but also for the four fields I am certified in: 9-12 Math, 9-12 Science, Middle School Math and Middle School Science. I received a Certificate of Merit from my top 10% score on the 9-12 Science exam.

Since I have successfully taken these exams, I believe I could help an aspiring teacher prepare for them. I still have the preparation materials I used. If you would like to verify my teaching license...
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