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.”
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