I have more than 20 years of tutoring experience. I started tutoring when I was in High School and then did a lot during my college years. The subject areas were in Math, Physics, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering courses. Of course, it was all “free of charge”. Additionally, I have also tutored students preparing for the SAT as well as the ACT exams.
I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. In The Chemical Engineering Curriculum, the required courses include the core courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, and the Chemical Engineering courses. As a matter of fact, Chemical Engineering students take the same core courses as the Math and Chemistry Majors do. Here’s a list of courses I have taken:
Key High School (Advanced Level Courses) include: Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics and Advanced Chemistry.
Key College Courses in Mathematics (Math) include: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Matrix Algebra (Matrices), Computer Science.
Key College Courses in Chemistry & Physics include: Chemistry1, Chemistry 2, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry 2, Physical Chemistry 1, Physical Chemistry 2, Physics 1, Physics 2
Key College Courses in Chemical Engineering
include: Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics & Kinetics, Process Controls, Chemical Engineering Economics, Analytical Chemistry, Laboratory Procedures in Chemical Engineering, Engineering Drawing, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Polymer Science, Transport Processes, Unit operations of Chemical Engineering, Mass Transfer.
I acquired my High School Education in the British System but all of my college education was acquired here in the United States. In the British system you spend 5 years in regular high school, which is equivalent to the level of High School education in the United States. At the end you must pass the O’ Level Exams if you want to continue to College. I took both the O’ Level and the SAT which was required for my admission into US Colleges and Universities.
Additionally, in the British System, you have the option of advancing your education in specific subject areas (Advanced Level - A’ Level) to prepare yourself for admission directly into Engineering, Medical or Law Schools. My focus was Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Admission to the Advanced level curriculum is not automatic. It depends highly on the grades you received in the O’ Level Exam. After completing the 2-year program, you must pass the A’ Level Exams. This is higher than the US ACT Exam.
My Personal Opinion About Math
Some people have phobia for math so much so that they have convinced themselves that they cannot do math. Well, on the contrary, I believe most people can do math. I believe the phobia comes from the way they were introduced to the fundamentals of Mathematics in the very beginning. Math and all other exact science courses like Physics and Chemistry build up from the basic fundamentals to very complex algorithms. For example, the fundamental principle of equations that was introduced to you in Basic Algebra I that a + b = c is the same principle that applies in advanced courses. The only difference is that higher-level courses become more and more complex as you advance in your education. This means that, the little things may have overlooked and considered as easy becomes your nemesis in the future. Some times, the fundamentals become complex that you cannot recognize them anymore. Therefore, an instructor or tutor who will recognize those deficiencies in the student will not only help the student overcome the phobia but will also reduce the learning curve for the student. An instructor who can recognize and help you fill in the missing pieces (fundamentals), the instructor or tutor you want to hire.
A Case In Point
One elective I took in college was Spanish. One day, I had my Calculus Text book with to Spanish Class because I had Calculus I immediately after that. At the end of the class, I was approached by one of my classmates for help in a course she was taking in Basic Algebra. At that time she needed the class as an elective for her major in nursing that she had just enrolled in. Of course, I agreed to help even though I had a tough schedule myself.
So we scheduled a time and met for the first time. For the first few lessons, I went over the fundamentals that I thought she needed in order to overcome her insecurity and phobia in math. Additionally, I also introduce her to the fundamental concepts in Algebra and how they were related to the principles of arithmetic. After about 2 or three lessons, I realized that she was grasping the concepts very fast, her confidence grew and she became more comfortable. I told her then that she had the ability to do math and should not be afraid of it. She laughed at me and thought I was just saying that to make feel good about herself. Anyway, to make a long story short, at the end of the semester, she was able to turn a failing grade into a solid B. The very next semester she opted by herself to take Algebra 1 and ended with an A with very little help from me. After the first summer after we met, she asked me what my thought was because she wanted to continue with Pre-Calculus. I encouraged her because I love math myself. Well, guess what! She ended up changing her major from Nursing to Math and finally graduated with a BS in Mathematics.
Yes, this is success story I have told many times because it one more time that my help made a difference in somebody’s life.
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