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Many who thought they were "not good at math" soon have come to realize that they just needed help to fill in the gaps. Like any language, you need time to develop your skills. In a classroom setting topics go by very quickly and your child may simply just need more time to absorb all that he or she is learning.
1 on 1 tutoring is a great investment! Everyone has skills they are weak in that need improving. Once you improve your weaknesses, you have a strong foundation on which you can build your knowledge. I have experience teaching secondary mathematics (7th-12th) as well as some college Mathematics courses.
Rates for tutoring at my home in Williams Twp. (Easton PA 18042):
Mon-Fri 10am -ending by 5:30pm or weekends is $35 an hour
At your home: I have limited hours in the evening: $50 an hour.
For students taking the SAT/ACT: If you do NOT have a study book, please consider purchasing the Collegeboard workbook as I have found it to be the best one since they are the test maker. I have a passion for preparing students for the SAT test since this can lead to huge scholarships! Sometimes I have extra that you can ask about that I purchase off of ebay for about $10 (which is more than half off!).
For the SAT: log onto collegeboard.com and set up an account; get the question of the day sent to your email. Because tutoring can add up to be an expense I encourage students (though not required) to do the practice test on the college board website; use the college board workbook and do some practice tests as possible BEFORE we meet. Then we use the time to go over the questions that were missed or skipped. I recommend (though not required) using a TI-83 plus or TI-84 (or higher) graphing calculator. Also, when the students are signed up for the test, please try to pay the extra $20 or so to get their specific results so that they will get a copy of the test booklet and their specific results with answers. The math included does not go beyond Algebra 2.
Note, on the SAT, you are penalized for wrong multiple choice answers. So, you should only answer a multiple choice question if you can narrow it down to 2 answers. On the student response section, answer all of them because you are not penalized for a wrong answer.
For the ACT: you should go to act.org and try their practice test. This test has a science section and you are NOT penalized for wrong answers. Therefore, answer every single question. The mathematics is a bit more straight forward than the SAT, however there is some trigonometry in addition to the Alg 2. I would highly recommend taking this test in addition to the SAT!
Please call ASAP so that together we can help your student build a solid foundation in math. So many college majors require higher mathematics. Students should not have to limit their dreams because of a lack of foundation in mathematics. Start 1 on 1 tutoring today!
With tutoring over the years I am very familiar with ADD/ADHD and work to help students to focus and prioritize their work.
One of the most important skills that the ADD/ADHD student needs is a very organized notebook for each subject. Many students do poorly because their information is scattered all over the place and there is not a uniform method for maintaining information. Mathematics contains many different skills. In order to be successful, students need to do enough of the problems to see the patterns. This information needs to be neatly organized in a notebook so every new school year they can refer to it.
I have taught Algebra 1 for over 10 years. I have several worksheets developed to help students gain confidence.
I love teaching Algebra 2! I have methods that I would love to share that enable you to check your answers so that you can know you are correct. I really enjoy teaching students new ways in which they can use their graphing calculators (TI-83 plus or higher). While we are studying Alg 2 we can work on other skills needed for the SAT test.
I would love to help students in elementary school build a strong foundation. This involves study and organizational skills as well as filling in gaps in understanding so that they can build from it. Though I am not a PA certified elem school teacher, I have 2 daughters that are now in 9th and 5th grade who have gotten straight A's due to the hard work and diligence that I helped to instill in them. I have taught 2nd grade math in a Christian school and have homeschooled a full curriculum for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I am very familiar with all subjects and how to approach learning them.
Though I am a certified secondary education teacher (7-12th) I have experience in teaching 2nd-6th grade mathematics. In addition to tutoring students in this age group, I have home-schooled my daughters in 3rd-8th grade mathematics so I am familiar with the material. Since I am aware of what skills will be used in the harder maths I can help your child prepare a strong foundation for the courses that are coming up in the future.
Advanced Geometry was the course in college that I really excelled in since I am a visual learner. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoy the visual problems that involve algebra. Proofs are the other aspect of Geometry. They are also important, so I will help your student think logically so that they understand the order in which they need to order their proof statements.
Pre-Algebra is an important stepping stone to lay a solid foundation for the rest of your students mathematics. I know what is involved in Alg1, 2 and beyond so I teach Pre-Algebra with the future in mind so that they can make the future connections. Students need repetition so encourage your student to do as many different typed of problems for the same skill so that they can experience all the aspects of that skill. I would visit websites that have interactive games to reinforce skills. Upon our first contact I will give you the names of websites I recommend.
Preparing students for the SAT is so satisfying because when the scores improve everyone is so thankful. THe hard work and hours to prepare really pays off in scholarships! You need to expose yourself to a large amount of SAT math problems. Make certain you do the practice test. When we meet I will give you 4 worksheets of 25 problems. I have taken the most popular problems and divided them into their 4 different categories so that you can see the similarities within each discipline. You need to time yourself when you are practicing the tests to achieve the speed needed to make quick decisions on how to start the problems.
I have taught high school math from 2000 to present. Study Skills are to help the student become organized so that they can become successful in having all homework completed and tests are prepared for. Study skills success doesn't necessarily mean an A+ in each subject, but that the student at least has all the tools they need to strive for the best grade that they are capable of. Many students could get better grades but are just unorganized. The student needs to learn how to organize, so that he or she always knows daily what is expected, with their papers in order and have organized exactly what to study for tests. I would look at the students needs and then go from there.
Incredibly Helpful! — My daughter had a "graded" Honors Algebra Packet due the first day of school, summer assignment, that she (my daughter) was frustrated and in tears over due to lack of understanding/teaching method from her previous teacher. Happy to report, Tina S., helped my daughter in a most amazing way in a couple hour tutoring session, her "graded" summer assignment was returned with a grade of 96.5%. Tina ...
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