I am a graduate of The University of Akron. I have a Bachelor's degree in both Mathematics in Secondary Education and Applied Mathematics. My tutoring skills, however, are not limited to only math. Below is list of various ages, subjects and tutoring situations I've experienced.
I have accumulated over 700 hours of tutoring through WyzAnt and hundreds of additional hours outside of WyzAnt. My tutoring experience ranges from pre-school through college courses and ages 4 to 55. For students, K-8, I'm able to tutor in all core subjects. I tutor various maths for grades 9-12 as well as some college math courses.
December-February tends to be the most common time that parents look for tutors for their students. At this time of the school year, some students have dug themselves a hole that they are in dire need of getting out of before the school year is over. This makes my job and the students' job all the more difficult. When parents get tutors around this time, we are then playing a game of "catch up." I find that my students work best when we consistently meet, even at the beginning of the school year when they may not be in as big of a need of a tutor. Regularly meeting throughout the entire school year allows me to be very aware of the material the student is expected to know. It also helps prevent the student from digging the hole in the first place!
I recommend summer tutoring for some students and am happy to offer discounted rates. In the past, students whom I tutor over the summer seem find the school year to go much more smoothly. Summer tutoring gives us the time to focus on previously missed concepts in addition to getting a head start on new ones. We're able to fill "holes" in the foundation of the students knowledge. The building of new knowledge comes easier when previous skills have been mastered.
Pre-K: Just a short time ago, I began tutoring my youngest student at age 4! We work 1-2 times each week on preparing for entering kindergarten early. I create reading and math activities based on the Common Core Standards.
K-6: I have two second graders I've been working with for several years now. They certainly keep me on my toes and force me to try new, exciting things to hold their attention! They've slowly and continually climbed up in their reading levels at an accelerated rate. We regularly reinforce crucial math topics, while also introducing new ones they've not yet learned in class.
I volunteer time weekly with a struggling sixth grader as well. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she's fallen severely behind in several subjects. I'm in regular contact with her teacher as we work together to move forward. We focus on the most needed math skills such as arithmetic operations, fractions and the ability solve and persevere through math application problems.
7-12: The majority of my students throughout the years have been pre-algebra, algebra I or II, and geometry students. With these students, situations vary. Some have dug a deep hole with only a short time to climb out. For others, these classes were their strength, but still need an additional challenge. Whatever the goal of the parent, student and teacher, we can work together to attain it!
I also have two high school students who are enrolled in online/self study courses. Online courses can be more challenging because so much more responsibility is placed on the student alone. With each of these students, we've come up with a course schedule. We do our best to maximize our limited time together. Several hours a week with one-on-one instruction time is a good supplement to the 45 minutes each day of class instruction they would be receiving in school.
I tutor several students in different levels of calculus and statistics courses. Since these courses are not required for graduation, each course can vary from school to school as well as raise much more of a challenge! I work with these students weekly to clarify any missed or lacking concepts.
SAT and ACT math preparations are also in demand for my high school students. No matter the level of the student, it is wise to review past material. In math, especially, if certain concepts are not used, you forget them (just like a second language). For example, even if a student aced geometry, not using it for a year can certainly set you back on these tests.
College courses: Often times college students have a test they need to cram for. For these students, we both work hard to jam pack as much information and practice time in sessions. I don't suggest this, however going through it myself, I certainly understand those times of need!
A few have asked for my assistance for the length of the course. College courses can be so dense that often times information is missed. Classroom atmospheres don't always leave room for questioning or examples. In math courses especially, this can be detrimental. I recommend to get help on a short and regular basis instead of cramming stressfully for an important assignment.
I have an up to date background check and resume available upon request with a complete list of references!
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