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I have taught Mathematics in NJ for the past 30 years, elementary, middle school and Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Math is not easy for all students. I understand the special needs student as I have tutored also for many years. With My BA and MA degrees plus 45+ credits in Mathematics Education I am confident I can communicate the subject and the appreciation for Mathematics to many diverse students. I desire to help students understand the subject, not just give them answers. I want the student to understand where and how all those numbers and exponents, etc. relate to each other. It can be confusing. By simplifying the math the student can understand which helps students do well in their course and go on with their life.
For most students Algebra 1 is an entirely new language. When I tutor a student I first make sure that the student understands the operations on the signs (-,+) numbers and Order of Operations, which I consider very important before continuing. After that knowledge is obtained, I then continue with the questions and concerns of the student to help the child do better in the subject in school for as long as tutoring is needed.
Algebra 2 is the continuum of Algebra 1. That is, Algebra 2 uses the same operations on advanced algebraic operations, introduce square roots and simplifying and perform the same operations as equations. Polynomials seem to be most difficult because some contain fractions and fractions are a bit more difficult to perform operations with variables! Fractions, I have learned, are not a favorite with students, with or without variables. The parabola along with the other Conic Sections might also be taught after the basic line, slope, and equations.
My tutoring involves finding out very quickly while the student and I are working on a concern where the student might have the most difficulty and reteach that topic again. This continues until the student is comfortable with the topics she/he has had difficulty.
As a Mathematics Teacher (retired, but still tutoring) I have helped students who need knowledge and encouragement to follow their plans in life. I do just that... help students by making the algebra and geometry they need a bit simply taught so students can learn faster, understand the material, and retain the knowledge for the ASVAB.
Geometry is on of the most beautiful subjects taught these days. Proofs are no longer the main thrust of the subject, rather they are introduced slowly to the student as the course continues. Algebra has a function in the Geometry today, that is use of variables to find length of sided of triangles, quadrilaterals, etc. diagonals of the figures above mentioned. Also, degrees of angles, parallel lines with a transversal and other figures. The proper use of the compass and protractor to develop figures without a ruler might be introduced. And like I stated proofs of theorems are simply introduced in conjunction with the algebra.
While I am working with the student, I will be figuring in my mind where she/he is having difficulty and reteach a topic where needed. I might explain a problem a different way if the student does not understand the 'book's method' or that which is on s review sheet. That type of work will continue throughout the tutoring so as the student's skills improve and grades improve.
The Praxis Tests are given in a certain topic area to find out how much a student knows about a topic, before that student can continue in that area of concentration toward another degree in Math, let's say, or give the student a teaching certificate for knowledge learned throughout his/her college education. After having taken the Praxis. I was found competent to teach Mathematics K-12. Then 20 years later took the General Knowledge Praxis and also found to be competent to teach Elementary School Grades 1-6. After taking the Praxis and many other standardized tests, I have learned how I learn and test, and pass and achieve my goal of being an effective teacher.
Pre-Algebra is a beginning of a new language; now adding variables to the Mathematics a student has learning for years. All of a sudden when a letter is interjected within a problem. students become confused when they need not be. Tutoring will help with the transition from numbers to letters within problems so it is not confusing to students.
Not too many like this around anymore!!! — Nancy is fantastic! She is a real teacher who truly cares about not only what shes doing, but her students. Today these teachers are far and few between and hard to find. Nancy worked wonders with my son who has learning disabilities. She is truly dedicated to the job she is doing and I would highly, highly recommend her for anyone, at any age. Nancy has great patience, great heart and you cou ...
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