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Barbara F.

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Middletown, NY (10940)

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My name is Barbara. I have always been a good student, particularly in science and math. I earned my BS in Chemistry and spent a few years in industry using my degree. After a while, I decided to go back to school and earn my MS in Education. I am currently certified to teach Chemistry 7 - 12 in New York State. I have a strong background in the other sciences and in math as well. In addition to teaching, I do some tutoring of middle and high school students for the last five years. Mainly, I work on lower level math skills they have not understood and mastered, homework help, or study skills. I have also helped many students prepare for the Regents in Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry), Science (Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry and Physics) and History (Global and US History). In addition to this, I also work to prepare students for the SATs and ACTs.

I believe that any student can be successful. The way to achieve this is to find how the individual student best learns and then tailor the lessons to that. I try and provide my students, both in the classroom and in tutoring, with a variety of ways to solve the same problem and learn the same concept. Each student is different and needs to learn and understand in a different way. By acknowledging those differences and working with the student's abilities, I believe that the student has a better chance of grasping the lesson and being able to apply it.

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Barbara’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Economics, Grammar
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, MCAT, Praxis, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Business:
Economics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Algebra 1

Math is its own language and by the time one enters high school, it can be very confusing. Let me help you "translate" what the math is saying into simple English. In algebra 1, one of the most difficult issues is factoring. I teach many different ways to factor, depending on the student's ability and comprehension. I have tutored many students in algebra and they have gone on to succeed in the classroom.

Algebra 2

Math is its own language and by the time one enters high school, it can be very confusing. Let me help you "translate" what the math is saying into simple English. In algebra 2, there are many concepts to learn. I teach many different ways to learn concepts such as probability, series and exponents, depending on the student's ability and comprehension. I have tutored many students in algebra 2 and they have gone on to succeed in the classroom.

Chemistry

Chemistry has many different areas. At the high school level in New York State, students are expected to know: the Atom (history and structure), Formulas and Equations (writing symbols and chemical formulas, naming compounds, chemical reactions and equations), the Mole, Physical Behavior of Matter (phases, heat energy, behavior of gases, separation techniques), Periodic Table (History, classification, arrangement, types of elements, properties of individual and groups), Bonding (types of bonds, octet rule, intermolecular forces), Solutions (concentration, a little bit of colligative properties), Kinetics and Equilibrium (rates of reaction, factors, Le Chatelier's principle, entropy and enthalpy), Redox (half reactions, electrochemical cells), Acids, Bases and Salts (acid-base theories, pH, titration), Organic Chemistry (naming basic hydrocarbons and functional groups) and Nuclear Chemistry (nuclear equations and half-lives).

At the high school level these areas are only the surface of the information in chemistry. In college, the classes delve deeper into these topics. Some of the information learned in college will be completely new, as it is not really covered in a high school curriculum. A student may do more involved and complex problems and equations.

I have experience tutoring and teaching at the high school level. I also have experience tutoring at the college level.

Chess

I played chess competitively as a child. I played in a variety of tournaments and won the mixed team category twice in a tournament. I had a high rating for chess and was taught how to play by a master.

Geometry

Math is its own language and by the time one enters high school, it can be very confusing. Let me help you "translate" what the math is saying into simple English. In geometry, some difficult concepts involve circles, proofs and logic. By practicing the basics for these concept, students will become more confident in their comprehension. I have tutored many students in geometry and they have gone on to succeed in the classroom.

Grammar

Standard Written English is one on the most difficult parts of the English language. It is what makes English one of the hardest languages to learn. Even as native speakers we make errors and do not speak correctly. By learning and practicing the grammar rules, one can master this language. I have experience, through SAT prep, with grammar and can help you improve your grammar.

MCAT

I have taken the MCATs twice and scored well both times. My scores for the science sections were 7 and above. My writing scores were also decent. Many of the topics covered on the MCATs are chemistry, which is my field of knowledge. I have experience in test preparation.

Organic Chemistry

I have my BS in Chemistry from Loyola University (formally Loyola College) in Maryland, where I graudated Cum Laude. My GPA for my chemistry classes was 3.5. Organic Chemistry was my favorite class in college. As a senior, I tutored sophomores in Organic Chemistry. After graduation, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for about five years, in various departments like quality control, quality analysis, and methods and development. I went back to school and earned my Masters in Education, concentration Chemistry 7 - 12.

Physical Science

Physical science deals with earth science, chemistry and physics. These science are focuses on the physical world and how it interacts. My degree is in Chemistry, but I have a strong background in all sciences. I can help you to understand the physical science, whether you are a middle schooler, preparing for the state science test or a high schooler taking Earth Science. I have plenty of experience in tutoring students in science.

Physics

Physics is one of the most math-based sciences out there. Many of the Mechanics and Electricity concepts involve a variety of equations that may need to be manipulated. I have always done well in science and math and have had success in tutoring both of these subjects. If you are looking for someone to translate what is being said in Physics, I can help. I always try to explain things in a way that one who is not a science geek would understand. I believe this is my biggest strength - to relate what is confusing or incomprehensible to something the student knows and can understand and relate to.

PSAT

The PSAT is generally taken by sophomores and Juniors mainly to prepare them for the SAT. The other purpose of this test is to determine the National Merit Scholarship students. The PSAT contains the same 3 sections as the SAT, but is much shorter. To prepare for this test, one would prepare for it like the SAT. I have much experience in preparing students for the SAT. There are a lot of strategies that a student can use on this type of test.

Regents

I have a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Education. Since 2006, I have tutored many students in a variety of subjects. Beginning in May of each year, I work more with students who want to prepare for the Regents in June. I have prepared students in Integrate Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Algebra II/Trigonometry, Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, US History, Global History and RCTs. I also work with students over the summer to prepare for the August Regents.

SAT Math

SAT Math section tests your abilities in arithmetic, algebra and geometry. The best way to prepare for this section is to learn strategies for test taking. I teach students a variety of different methods to solving each problem as well as different guessing strategies they can use if they do not know how to solve the problem. The best way to improve your score is to work on strategies to help you answer more questions correctly.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading is a logic test. The most important preparation you can do for this test is to improve your vocabulary. This will not only help in this section, but also with your writing portion. About 1/3 of your reading score is based on sentence completion and 2/3 is based on passage-based reading. A wide vocaulary will help with the sentence completions. I have experience in preparing students in this section and have a wide variety of strategies to use to answer these types of questions

SAT Writing

SAT Writing tests your knowledge of Standard Written English and how you use it. This will test your ability to write an essay in a very short amount of time. You need to be clear, precise, connected and well-organized as well as having a strong theme. The rest of this section is based on grammar rules. You will need to review these rules in order to find and fix the mistakes in this section. There are three types of questions: identifying errors, improving sentences and improving paragraphs. Many times the correct answer will not "sound" right to our ears because we do no speak that way. By reviewing these rules, you will be less likely to make grammar mistakes. I have spent the last year working with students on improving their grammar and writing quick, but strong essays.

Study Skills

I have a Master's in Education from Mount Saint Mary College. For the last 5 years, I have worked part-time in private tutoring. I tutor many students who are struggling in school. I teach them skills that help them become more organized, manage time efficiently, study for test effectively, read and comprehend better, take better notes and understand their learning preferences and abilities. A successful student utilizes these skills to do well in class. These skills transfer to any subject and can be adjusted to fit the subject as well.

Swimming

Swimming is a passion of mine. From the time I was 6 years old until I entered college, I swam competitively for my town team. I also swam for my high school team at the same time. My school team went to and won states 4 years in a row. In addition to my experience in swimming, I also trained to be a lifeguard as a teenager and became a water safety instructor in college. During the summer, I work with my nieces and nephews in the water. I love to swim and help others learn the joy of being in the water.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry looks at the relationships of angles and side lengths of triangles. This area of math takes the basic functions (sine, cosine and tangent) and goes further into the study of these relationships. In trigonometry, one will learn about how to graph these functions, what the different parts of these function equations mean, the opposite of each and quadratic formulas involving these basic functions. I have many years of experience tutoring students in these functions. I have also taught this to students before they began taking trigonometry.

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Education

Loyola University (formally Loyola College) (Chemistry)

Mount Saint Mary College , Newburgh, NY (Master's)

Conscientious Tutor Covering All Bases Barbara F. is always on time and brings extra material for my son to work with. She instructs him on how to take the exam, not just on each problem individually. She seems to have her pupil's best interest at heart, and my son enjoys working with her. Update: My son's experience with Barbara F. continues to be exemplary. She's very reliable and seems to keep him motivated. I am impressed by her k ...

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