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My name is Sara, and I am currently a statistical analyst at a major insurance company in the area. I have undergraduate degrees in math, physics and finance and have spent time in the engineering world as well.
I have a natural love of teaching, and have been working as a tutor for over 3 years, specializing in math, science and test prep tutoring. I work with a wide range of students, from 6th grade to college level, helping people become more comfortable and confident with the more challenging subjects. My overall goal is to get my students to become strong, independent, critical thinkers, so that they eventually do not need me to help them pass the class, but excel and get the highest grades possible.
I do not have a strict method for teaching; I have found it best to adapt my instructional methodology to best suit the learner's mind. I work very hard to find a way to make an abstract concept more relatable by referencing real world examples and incorporating visual aides. I believe in learning concepts and then applications in an effort to gain a true understanding that can be applied to any situation, rather than "teaching to the test."
Thank you for considering me to assist you or your child gain a better understanding of math, physics, and the world around us. I look forward to hearing from you!
To enable understanding of my qualifications to teach an advanced subject like differential equations, it is necessary to digress into my educational background.
As an undergraduate in college, I changed majors and schools several times. My first choices were in the areas of astronomy and physics. At Ohio State I began taking the math courses required for these majors, which included differential equations.
I subsequently transferred to Cleveland State for personal reasons, and found that a lot of my credits did not transfer from quarters to semesters. It was necessary for me to retake classes to achieve the correct number of credit hours to graduate in my new areas of math and physics. Therefore, as an undergraduate I took a differential equations class again, this time at Cleveland State.
When I decided to go back to school to achieve a higher level of education in another field, mechanical engineering, I found that one of the requirements of the program was to take a more advanced level differential equations class.
In short, I have taken the same class 3 times. Each class was slightly different, but covered the same overall material. Each time I received the highest grade in the class.
Further, I have recently been very focused on this subject while tutoring other engineers in my office who are studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. The FE is a test that is mandatory for engineers who are wishing to become professionally certified. It is designed to test students who have just completed a four year engineering curriculum and consists of topics such as differential equations. My math and physics background was complete enough to allow me to pass this test on the first attempt; something that some of my co-workers were not able to do. They are older, more experienced professionals who have not been in school for many years. I have been able to help them successfully remember and understand these topics, and this one in particular because my own knowledge of it is so complete. I have seen first hand the successful understanding of this subject that I have been able to impart with them, and feel that I am more than qualified to help others in a professional capacity.
I have taken a public speaking class as part of my college cirriculum and have used the pointers from that class to further my ability in public speaking.
Currently, I make semi-regular presentations to our company that involve putting together a PowerPoint (correctly - used as keynotes) and speaking to 40 people for an hour. I also have experience giving presentations to smaller groups of clients.
With all this experience I feel I can help others learn how to evolve their public speaking skills by gaining the confidence needed to speak in front of groups of people.
Great Tutor! — My daughter's confidence and skills improved during the first lesson! Not only does Sara have solid math skills, but she also knows the ACT and how to take the test. ...
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