I firmly believe that all students can learn, understand, and even enjoy math and physics. Math is the language of science and also a fascinating and beautiful subject. Physics is the science that explains the world we live in at the most fundamental level. Many students struggle because they have not properly learned math in earlier grades or because they don’t know how to prepare for tests. Difficulty with math then limits their ability to learn physics and other science beyond the introductory level, closing off rewarding and interesting careers in science and engineering.
I grew up in Chappaqua and graduated from Horace Greeley High School in 1983. After getting my Ph.D. in mathematics in 1994, I worked in the software industry for 18 years; during most of this time, I focused on delivering technical presentations and demos and training customers how to use software. While I have made good money in software, I have felt a lack of reward on a more personal level. I decided last summer to become a math teacher so I can make a more personal and lasting impact on the lives of young people. I am currently obtaining a Certificate of Graduate Study in mathematics learning and teaching from Drexel University. Initially, I started tutoring to improve my resume, but I have really enjoyed it and have gotten positive feedback from parents and students; in fact, I am currently considering doing tutoring full-time instead of becoming a classroom teacher.
Last fall, I got very high scores on 3 New York State teacher certification exams: The Liberal Arts and Science Test: 298 out of 300; The Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills: 295 of 300; The Mathematics Content Specialty Test: Perfect score of 300.
My approach to tutoring is to determine what students currently do and don't understand and then leverage their current understandings as the basis for teaching them new math and physics concepts. I try to identify and correct misconceptions that they have, many of which go back to elementary school. I then try to make sure they understand the topics they are currently learning. I also suggest better study habits and test-taking strategies that can lead to better results on their tests.
I look forward to working with you or your children in the near future. I can tutor at your house, my house, or at one of the local public libraries that allow tutoring. Since I still do have a full-time job, I currently tutor in the evenings and on weekends.
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