Hello! Thank you for taking time to view my tutoring profile. I am a stay-at-home wife and mother of two with more than 10 years of tutoring and instructional experience. I have NYS teaching certification in two areas: secondary math instruction and instruction for working with students with disabilities. Both my BA and MSEd degrees are in math education, and they have provided me with many opportunities to work as a teacher in middle school and high school classroom environments. Now, I work as a math tutor for students who experience difficulty understanding math as it applies to math classes and related fields (i.e.- understanding how to apply algebra skills in a career in landscaping).
My professional experiences have prepared me to instruct a wide variety of individuals. While working as a New York State certified substitute math teacher and as an academic coach at Encompass Resources in Rochester, NY, I have often worked with students who find math to be challenging, including students with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, and other disabilities that can impair learning. As I was earning my degrees, I worked as a math tutor for other college students who were having difficulty understanding the math required for them to be successful in one or more of their college classes. During this time, I also served as the instructor of a math review class for adult learners preparing to take their New York State pesticide licensing exam. My most recent tutoring experiences have come through the operation of my own private tutoring company, PS Tutoring.
From my experiences working with students of all ages, I have come to believe that anyone is able to learn and use math. Even students who struggle with math can achieve success in it through guided practice, persistence, and frequent evaluation of progress. My objective as a tutor is to provide students with the extra academic support and guidance that they need to achieve their math goals and the skills they need to apply that math in their chosen field.
I genuinely enjoy teaching math, and I look forward to the opportunity to share my passion for math with you or your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to set up a face-to-face meeting to talk about your questions in person.
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Patricia's subjects
Algebra 1
My experience with Algebra 1 curriculum includes working as an in-class tutor in an Algebra 1 classroom, co-teaching an Algebra 1 class for 1 year during my undergraduate training, and working with many students in an official and unofficial capacity to help them prepare for their Algebra 1 Regents Exams.
Algebra 2
I have taught Algebra 2 & Trigonometry for 2 years and have tutored many students in this subject. As such, I am very familiar with all of the content that is taught throughout this class. I am also very familiar with the common topics that are tested on the Algebra 2 & Trigonometry NYS Regents Exam. In addition to my own experiences with Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, I have access to many Algebra 2 & Trigonometry resources (including a copy of the textbook) that will help me guide your student to...
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Geometry
During my time earning my bachelor's and master's degrees, I provided primary instruction in Geometry in several different classrooms. Over the past 5 years, I have specifically worked with many students in Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry as well, and I am very familiar with the coursework at all three levels and the content most likely to be tested on the NYS Regents Exams. Geometry is also my favorite math - because of this, I have collected many resources that I have created...
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SAT Math
I have more than 10 years of experience tutoring math to middle and high school students. While I have never specifically tutored for the math portion of the SAT, I have extensive experience tutoring Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry, all of which are very prominent on the SAT.
Study Skills
I have more than 10 years providing supplemental math instruction to students in elementary, middle, high school, and college. My tutoring has largely focused on homework help, test prep, and studying - including preparing for NYS regents exams. I also worked as an academic coach for a year - which means that my job was to teach students how to prepare for exams and learn how to study.
Differential Equations
As part of my undergraduate work in the math program at Nazareth College, I completed a course in Differential Equations. I passed the class with a high A. I also passed the differential equations portion of my comprehensive exam as part of earning my BA in mathematics.
ADD/ADHD
I am NYS certified for teaching Students With Disabilities - Grades 7-12. I have also completed coursework on working with people with ADD, ADHD, autism, and other disabilities in an instructional setting. Part of my undergraduate degree is in special education.
Linear Algebra
As part of my undergraduate work in the math program at Nazareth College, I completed a course in Linear Algebra. I passed the class with an A. I also passed the linear algebra portion of my comprehensive exam as part of earning my BA in mathematics.
Logic
I have taken several courses that require the use of philosophical and mathematical logic as part of my undergraduate course requirements. Among these classes were an introductory logic course (philosophy) and a proof-writing math class. I did very well (high As) in both classes, and have experience tutoring other college students in philosophical logic as well as understanding mathematical logical processes.
Regents
I have taught in all three high school math courses that have a NYS regents exam: Algebra 1 (Integrated Algebra), Geometry, and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. I also have spent the past 10 years tutoring in these and other subjects, spending my time focusing on test prep, study skills, and homework help. I am very experienced and comfortable with teaching the content of the NYS Math Regents Exams.
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