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Two of my lifelong passions are inspiring others to succeed and mathematics. Whatever you or your child's plans are, it is my joy to help you get there! I have 30+ years experience teaching and tutoring all levels of mathematics students from elementary through college including test prep (SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, and college entrance) and those from public, private, and home schools. I tailor my approach to meet the varied needs of each student whether it be learning styles, working with special needs, or challenging the gifted. From experience I have found that a multi-faceted approach to problem solving and retention works best. As part of each tutoring session I love to include mental math tips and have my 'bag of tricks' (hands-on manipulatives) that I can use with younger children...and sometimes the older ones too!
Some of my students include people who are now successful musicians, dancers, doctors and military personnel who called me because they wanted to either 'get past the math' or needed to 'maximize their test taking skills' to get where they wanted to go. I have a B.A. in mathematics (summa cum laude) from Mt. St. Mary College where I earned the mathematics student of the year award, tutored, and taught BASIC programming to teachers through the National Science Foundation. I currently hold a New Jersey Substitute Teacher Certification, as well as a NJ CE Teacher of Mathematics K-12 and have passed the Praxis Exam for K-12 Mathematics. I have also spent 10 years as an executive assistant both in the financial sector as well as for a major international non-profit and am well versed in Microsoft Office suite.
Note: My husband and I homeschooled all four of our own children K-12 and later saw them all graduate from college with honors. Our approach was very hands-on, cultivating a love of learning, and mastery... that is, we fully learned one topic before moving on to the next. We discovered that being successful each step of the way not only builds strong educational foundations, but confident young people ready to take on the world!
The mathematics portion of the ACT exam includes 60 questions to be completed in 60 minutes and is designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired by the end of 11th grade. I have found with my students that they have increased their scores by being prepared for the types of questions asked, understanding the layout of the test, and strenthening their problem solving skills. Typically, I will review a practice exam first to evaluate the student's needs and tailor instruction accordingly.
While only comprising a portion of the test, the mathematics section of the GED exam can be the most daunting to many test takers. However, the skills needed to pass do not go beyond average high school level mathematics, and can be mastered by most with a bit of intentional review and practice. I have found that teaching students to understand and recognize the wording and types of questions asked on tests, as well as tricks and strategies for tackling them, quickly gives test takers the advantage they need to succeed.
Students will need to demonstrate understanding of mathematical concepts as well as the ability to apply problem solving skills to real life examples. Topics covered in tutoring sessions can be tailored to the student's specific needs and include any or all of those found on the test: Numbers & Operations, Geometry & Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Algebra, Functions and Patterns.
Use of a Casio fx260 calculator is provided for the first portion of the test, while no calculator is allowed for the second portion, therefore both methods of problem solving can be covered in tutoring sessions.
Microsoft Outlook is my own preferred tool for organizing emails, calendar, contacts and tasks. I have 10+ years experience as an executive assistant to high level leadership in both the financial sector and large non-profit organizations utilizing outlook to manage international schedules for corporate presidents and vice-presidents. I have also trained other staff in Microsoft Office applications and was often the 'go to' person in the office for questions.
Perefct as Always — Tracey is an excellent tutor. Scheduling is easy and my 16 year old daughter has a great rapport with her. This is her second year working with my daughter. We started with Geometry and this year is Algebra 2. We could not be more pleased. I highly recommend her. ...
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