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I am Jacqueline S., a professional engineer with a degree in chemical engineering. I have tutored students, from the junior high school to college levels, for over twenty years and have a track record of a high level of client satisfaction.
My expertise is tutoring/teaching mathematics, from pre-algebra to calculus, and I have conducted extended tutoring programs in reading, writing and grammar to provide students with comprehensive preparation for standardized tests like the PSAT, SAT and GRE. I have worked with a program in Plainfield, New Jersey called Coaching for Success, the Writing Center in La Guardia Community College, New York City and as an on-call tutor for the State University of New York, Albany New York. I have also lectured mathematics and chemistry at Union County College, Cranford New Jersey and have held independent SAT preparation sessions.
My tutoring and teaching style is interactive; I engage students in an active learning experience simply because we learn by doing. I believe that an effective teacher/tutor teaches her students to think and is a guide for them through the learning process. At the first session I have with a student, I use the first few minutes to evaluate the student’s level of performance and try to get an understanding of where the areas of difficulties may be. I ask the student to bring the texts they are currently using and conduct most of the session from that material, unless I determine that he/she needs to work on earlier fundamentals. In that case, I work with the student from texts of elementary material which I carry. My pedagogy has produced results that have brought much accolade from clients and students in particular.
I had a high school senior from Scotch Plains, New Jersey whom I was tutoring in calculus. From earlier sessions with we determined her areas of concern, a key one of which she felt was the effectiveness of the teacher – she said all the students in the class who were doing well had tutors, which is why she finally got one. Of course I tried to get her to focus on the subject matter, looking beyond the teaching style (One philosophy of mine is that we can learn from anyone). At a subsequent session, I asked how things were; she replied, “Ms. S., honestly, the last thing I learned was what you taught me at our last session.”
Algebra 1 introduces the use of variables in mathematical expressions and operations, resulting in the student being able to formulate and evaluate algebraic expressions. It starts by familiarizing the student with the number line and include explanations of simple mathematical expressions, first with numbers only, then progressing to numbers and variables. Simple objects such as the square, rectangle and cubes are used in examples.
I am amply qualified to tutor Algebra 2, having completed advanced mathematics courses at the college level. I have taught algebra to junior high and high school students for several years, coaching juniors and seniors in techniques for solving problems on standardized tests, with students demonstrating marked improvement in performance. I, myself, scored over 700 on the SAT math exam.
SAT Math includes algebra, geometry and trigonometry at the 11th and 12th grade levels. Problems in these areas of mathematics are devised to test the student's ability to apply the respective principles accurately and in minimal time.
SAT Reading tests a student's ability to understand written text and evaluates her/his proficiencies in vocabulary and grammar, all at the 11th to 12th grade levels. A student can be coached in techniques for deciphering the meaning and context of written information, but he/she must read grade level material regularly in order to develop a wide vocabulary.
CCNY of CUNY
NJIT, Newark, NJ (Master's)
Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
Jacqueline will travel within 12 miles of Somerset, NJ 08873.
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