I've been training, teaching and tutoring on and off since 1987, and tutoring exclusively since 2005.
I tutor simply because I enjoy helping others succeed by mastering the essential principles that will apply in all contexts. I specialize in preparing students for exams like the SAT
, but can also help with advanced math
at both the high school and college level.
I can provide study material and several practice exams. I can usually help a student fully prepare in 4 to 8 weeks.
When it comes to standardized tests, I believe in teaching to the test, because the research shows that is the best way to improve your score.
That doesn't mean short-cuts or tricks; it means knowing the essential principles of math, logic
that you need to score high on the specific test, no more, no less.
While you need to know essential math for the SAT, GRE, or GMAT, these tests are not math tests - they are problem solving tests, so I focus on the strategy and techniques to exploit those essential principles!
Many people have difficulty with such exams because they are nervous about being on the clock or the high stakes. If your real scores are significantly below your practice scores, such anxiety might be the cause. Likewise, if you find yourself forgetting things during the real test that you clearly remember knowing shortly before, you are almost certainly suffering from too much anxiety. (Some anxiety is actually a resource, but too much of a good thing backfires.)
If you experience anxiety with math specifically or tests generally, there are many, many options for dialing down your nerves, so please let me show you a way out of the woods.
If you seek help with math, physics or chemistry, then the main difference in my approach is simply omitting practice tests. The trade-off is that we do have to include ALL the relevant principles, which is actually more work for the student, but it's also more useful.
Finally, I have NO CANCELLATION policy - that means you can cancel any session or all future sessions with NO PENALTY.
I am busy enough that I can usually fill dropped future sessions, and if I can't, I often need the break anyway. Further, I have a 6 year old, so there is always a possibility that I may have to cancel for some emergency with him, and it's just not right to charge a student for a cancelled session when they cannot charge me for the same thing. So I don't!
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Despite what your teachers might have told you a million times, it isn't *necessary* for everyday life...but neither is art, music, dance, sports, games, history, fiction, or a million other things people do, so...
I bet it's because most of the Western World learned their geometry from the Greeks first, who used the compass and straightedge for their geometry. To make right triangles with a compass, you could set it to a "L" shape...and stand it on it's "legs."
I don't think...
Area = (1/2)(Base)(Height)
Remember that most triangles are 1/2 of a rectangle, so their area is 1/2 of the rectangle's.