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Steve T.

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Portland, OR (97212)

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An initial get-acquainted meeting is free. You see who I am, what kind of person I am, and what kind of tutor I will be; I see where you are in the subject you are having trouble with. You get to evaluate me without obligation or cost.

I have been teaching in one way or another most of my life, sometimes in a work environment teaching people how to install and repair the company's equipment. I wrote the manuals, developed the courses, and I always got high marks on the class feedback forms.

I have taught in formal classrooms -- Math at PCC -- and in foreign countries where people didn't necessarily have a good command of English. I was a volunteer instructor at the Multnomah County Library -- Excel -- and the students always gave positive feedback.

About me personally -- I have a charming wife of 45 years. We have two children, one married and one almost married, and two granddaughters. Life is good for us. I have taken up tutoring with WyzAnt because I like helping others, one-on-one, how to do it, how it works and why it works this way, sharing their excitement when they understand it.

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ACT Math

The math part of the ACT is the part that seems to give people the most trouble. I can help you understand the math, the "why" if it. When you understand that, doing the problems becomes much easier. And, in standardized tests like the ACT, you can many times eliminate all but two or even one of the given choices. I can help you do that without working out the whole problem.

ACT Science

Science is about testing the world -- the natural world, the microscopic world, and the universe. Most of the questions on the ACT Science test ask you to read some facts and draw conclusions from them. I can help you with this. I've read many books about science -- biology, astronomy, physics -- as well as math, so my understanding of things scientific is broad and well-rounded. I will be able to help you understand what the practice ACT questions are really asking and how to get to the right answer. Getting the right answer on the practice ACT is not enough; you have to know how to get to the answer. That's what I want to help you with.

Adobe InDesign

With InDesign, I publish a 'zine of 60 to 64 pages. The magazine includes photos, clipart, page numbering (with "continued on" for stories that jump pages), lists, columns, two-page spreads for a centerfold, and a table of contents. I speed up the work with paragraph and character styles, libraries of styles.

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop has a gazillion tools, but you don't need to know them all. I'll help you use the tools you need to do what YOU want to do. Then maybe we can go a little further.

I've used Abode Photoshop for many years, and most of the time what I want to do is simple and is accomplished relatively quickly. But sometimes -- working with layers, outlining and cutting, enhancing old photographs -- these things take a little time and patience. But it can all be done. I'll show you.

Algebra 1

I taught Math 20 (fractions, decimals, pre-algebra) and Math 65 (intermediate algebra) at PCC, so I have a sense of where most of a people's difficulties lie.

I can show you how to look at math problems from a new perspective so that math isn't just about letters and numbers and strange signs.

Algebra 2

I taught Math 65 at PCC which is intermediate algebra, which is really Algebra 2 under another name.

Algebra 2 gets into the deep end of the algebra pool, and even for those who had little trouble with Algebra 1, it can be difficult. I can pull it together so you understand the "why" of the math. When you understand why it's done this way, it will be much easier to work the problems.


My background for the ASVAB test:

-- Math: I have tutored students in algebra 1 2, geometry, trig. I taught Math 20 (decimals, fractions) and 65 (intemediate algebra) at PCC.
-- Word knowledge: I have a large working vocabulary.
-- Paragraph comprehension: I always did very well on this type of test.
-- Electronics: I was an electronics technician in the Navy and have spent much of my life in this field, teaching it in tech schools.
-- Mechanics, Shop Information, Auto Information: I've worked on my own cars and motorcycles extensively.
-- Assembling Objects: This is Spatial Relations, and I got 100% on a very difficult and extensive test in this specific area.

What I mean to say is, I have the background to help you do well on the ASVAB.


The GED can be a bit frightening for you if you are coming back to English, and especially math, after being away from school. I have always been very good at standardized tests, and I can show you how to get good scores on them. I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand that, it becomes much easier.


Geometry is a different kind of math. It's more about spaces and lines than numbers, and that makes it tough for some students. How do we get you to think spatially? That's what I want to work on with you.

I have taught Math 20 (fractions, decimals, easy algebra) and Math 65 (intermediate algebra) at PCC. I always looked for ways to show the students a different way to look at the problem.


I'm guessing that the part of the GRE that is most difficult, maybe even frightening, for you is the math part. I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand the reason for the rules, the rules become easier to use.

Why is 6 to the zero power 1 and not zero? Because it's a rule? Or because it makes mathematical sense?

Why can't I divide by zero? Because it's a rule? Or because it makes mathematical sense?

When you know the mathematical sense of these, you will be more comfortable with the rules.

Microsoft Excel

I taught beginning Excel at the library for over a year. I have used Excel and other spreadsheet programs since they were invented for the PC in the 1980s.

-- How do you make a sum, an average?
-- How do you make a number appear with a red background if it is less than zero?
-- How do you make your spreadsheet more readable, more useful to yourself and others?

I can help you with these and hundreds of other questions so you can take full advantage of all the things Excel has to offer.

P.S. I can also help you in other spreadsheet programs.


I taught Math 20 (fractions, decimals, word problems) and Math 65 (algebra 1) at PCC, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Many of my students complimented me on my style and methods.

I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand that, it becomes much easier.

I will start where you are and go at a pace you are comfortable with. We will look at different ways to solve the problems, so you can choose how it is easiest for you to think through them.

SAT Math

I have always been very good at standardized tests, and I can show you how to get good scores on them. I'm going to guess that the part you have the most trouble with is the math. I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand that, it becomes much easier.

I have taught Math 20 (fractions, decimals, pre-algebra) and Math 65 (mid-level algebra) at PCC.

I can show you how to eliminate the obviously wrong answers. Sometimes you can even get the right answer without working the whole problem. And we will work on the "whole problem" so you and your math skills are ready for the test day.


Most of trig is just fractions. When you see it as fractions and know how to handle the fractions trig will be easier for you. I've always worked with trig this way, and it's never been a problem for me. I can help you see it through.

I taught Math 20 (fractions and decimals) and Math 65 (intermediate algebra -- Algebra 2) at PCC.

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Wonderful Tutor When I decided that I wanted to take the GRE, I knew that I would want to review for the math portion of the test. Besides studying on my own I also knew I would want a tutor, and this is how I found Steve. Over the course of three months I had weekly tutoring sessions with Steve to help prepare me for the test. The sessions were great, I would work on math problems with Steve that I couldn't co ...

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