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Peter A.

New Providence, PA

$50/hr

Making Math Make Sense

Background check passed as of 1/30/14
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Making Math Make Sense

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You, the student, are the most important person in any learning environment. If you have not learned, then teaching has not taken place. Because of this, my teaching style includes two-way communication. Rather than lecturing what I know in a mathematical topic, I learn your communication style and adapt to that.

While procedures can be taught to the degree that a student is able to produce correct answers, an intuitive and concept-based approach helps them to combine new ideas with older familiar ones.

I have more than 12 years of experience assisting people with math: over the phone, face-to-face, and in online classroom settings. One of my greatest joys is the privilege of participating in the success of individual students.

My tutoring style is marked by clear communication, patience, a love for math, and a genuine interest in my students. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in your success.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Rising Sun, MD on 5/27/14

"Great Calculus Tutor!!!"

- Eric, Rising Sun, MD on 12/11/14

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Eric, Colora, MD on 10/29/14

"Exellent Tutor! "

- Celinda, Whiteford, MD on 6/15/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Daliah, Willow Street, PA on 6/4/14

"Great tutor"

- Lynne, Willow Street, PA on 4/24/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Jerry, Quarryville, PA on 3/11/13
English:
Bible Studies,
ESL/ESOL, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra is the subject that generalizes the principles of arithmetic and other areas of math. The rules that apply when all the numbers are known still apply when some of the numbers are missing.

One benefit of the study of algebra is that a student learns to take specific information and use it in new ways. This skill applies to areas outside of math, and it is part of the reason why the study of algebra is useful to students who do not plan to go into math-related fields.

Algebra 2

While the distinction between algebra 1 and algebra 2 is an artificial one, algebra 2 picks up where algebra 1 leaves off.

As a student gains skill in algebra, they experience the benefit of creating processes for commonly-repeated tasks. This experience is useful even for students who will not be working in math-related fields.

My approach to algebra 2 is designed to make the study as useful as possible to students in the long term, while encouraging the best current results in their classroom and testing experience.

Bible Studies

I received a certificate of graduation from Fairwood Bible Institute, a three-year Bible school in Dublin NH. Five years after graduation I participated in a one-year program offered to graduates. This program was divided between classroom and fieldwork. The fieldwork included youth ministry and teaching Sunday School, among other things.

In addition to my Bible training, I have extensive experience in on-on-one tutoring, Bible-study leadership, expository Bible study articles and public speaking.

My knowledge of the Bible is deepened by the fact that I have read it through approximately ten times.

Calculus

Calculus studies the quantities that are related to change. If algebra and trigonometry are tools, then calculus can be thought of as a maker of tools. Many formulas that are used by students from an early age were created using calculus.

While only a small percentage of students will use differentiation and integration in their career, those who don't will also benefit from the study of calculus. This is because calculus gives the student practice with solving challenging problems, which is applicable in any career. Students learn to analyze problems, identify solutions, modify solutions that worked for other problems, and create new solutions independently.

Elementary Math

Elementary math provides a foundation for all other mathematical concepts and principles. Because of this, it is important to be sure that students have an intuitive understanding of the processes and rules that they learn.

My approach to elementary math provides this intuitive understanding along with the practice that allows them to become fluent in the processes of arithmetic.

Geometry

By definition, geometry is the study of shapes or three dimensional objects. As a part of this study, students learn definitions, theorems, postulates, and proofs.

While not every student will use these things in their future career, there is a more general skill that should be of use to any student.

The study of geometry provides practice with the skill of strict logical thinking, and the ability to organize small pieces of seemingly-disconnected information in a way that allows them to solve complex problems.

Prealgebra

As a defined area of study, prealgebra provides a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. It is the point where students have to begin to grasp concepts that are more abstract.

Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals are easy to represent with objects, along number lines, or in the real world. Negative numbers, roots, and radicals are slightly more difficult, but they can be represented visually or with metaphors. My approach includes these representations as students begin to make the transition into the abstract.

Abstract thinking is a skill that has countless applications for students after they graduate. Every time they need to think about something without seeing it, they will be engaging in abstract thinking.

Precalculus

Precalculus is a sort of bridge course that is offered in some schools and colleges. It provides a way to transition from advanced algebra and trigonometry into calculus.

Typically precalculus will review topics such as logs, exponentials, limits, sequences and series, and functions. As such it can seem dry to some students. The concepts are very abstract, and they haven't had the opportunity to see them in application in calculus itself.

My approach to precalculus includes some illustrations that will help to see more of the "why" of some of these concepts.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is by definition the study of triangles. That said, the applications that arise from the study of trigonometry go far beyond three-sided geometric figures. The motion of springs and pendulums, as well as the changing voltage of alternating current can all be quantified using trigonometry.

While there are many careers that do not use trigonometry directly, there are skills that are learned in trigonometry that can be applied in a wide range of ways. One example is that trigonometry provides experience in looking at one problem from a wide range of perspectives. This is a skill that is useful in any profession.

Peter’s Resources

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Rather than droning on about each subject in math at this point, I'm going to make a shift. I'm currently engaged in a conversation with a friend, and my most recent reply to him expresses my opinion on how math is being taught today:   ...The beauty of math is something that I have seen most of my life, and it stands in my mind as one of my fundamental motivations for studying math... read more

A question that I have heard many times from my own students and others is this: "When am I ever going to use this?" In this post and future posts, I'm going to address possible answers to this question, and I'm going to also take a look at what mathematics educators could learn from the question itself.   Let's look at the answer first. When I was in school myself, the... read more

While there is no factor that is common to all the terms of this polynomial, it can be factored. When finding binomial factors of this kind of polynomial, we start by finding what pairs of numbers can multiply to yield the number at the end, which in this case is -4. The possibilities are: -4...

Fairwood Bible Institute
Applied Bible Study

Education

Fairwood Bible Institute (Applied Bible Study)

Great tutor! — Peter was an excellent tutor for my daughter. He always arrived on time, and was very patient and thorough when explaining her questions. He was able to make connections between calculus and the real world, enabling her to better understand the topic. Overall, Peter was a fantastic tutor! ...

— Jennifer, Rising Sun, MD on 5/27/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I will tutor groups of students for a reduced rate of $25 per student, with a minimum of 3 students per group.

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 28 miles of New Providence, PA 17560.


About Peter

You, the student, are the most important person in any learning environment. If you have not learned, then teaching has not taken place. Because of this, my teaching style includes two-way communication. Rather than lecturing what I know in a mathematical topic, I learn your communication style and adapt to that.

While procedures can be taught to the degree that a student is able to produce correct answers, an intuitive and concept-based approach helps them to combine new ideas with older familiar ones.

I have more than 12 years of experience assisting people with math: over the phone, face-to-face, and in online classroom settings. One of my greatest joys is the privilege of participating in the success of individual students.

My tutoring style is marked by clear communication, patience, a love for math, and a genuine interest in my students. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in your success.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Jennifer, Rising Sun, MD on 5/27/14

"Great Calculus Tutor!!!"

- Eric, Rising Sun, MD on 12/11/14

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Eric, Colora, MD on 10/29/14

"Exellent Tutor! "

- Celinda, Whiteford, MD on 6/15/14

"Awesome Tutor"

- Daliah, Willow Street, PA on 6/4/14

"Great tutor"

- Lynne, Willow Street, PA on 4/24/13

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Jerry, Quarryville, PA on 3/11/13
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Education

Fairwood Bible Institute
Applied Bible Study

Education

Fairwood Bible Institute (Applied Bible Study)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

I will tutor groups of students for a reduced rate of $25 per student, with a minimum of 3 students per group.

Travel Radius
Travels within 28 miles of New Providence, PA 17560

Peter’s Subjects

English:
Bible Studies,
ESL/ESOL, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Peter’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Peter. View all of Peter’s resources

Rather than droning on about each subject in math at this point, I'm going to make a shift. I'm currently engaged in a conversation with a friend, and my most recent reply to him expresses my opinion on how math is being taught today:   ...The beauty of math is something that I have seen most of my life, and it stands in my mind as one of my fundamental motivations for studying math... read more

A question that I have heard many times from my own students and others is this: "When am I ever going to use this?" In this post and future posts, I'm going to address possible answers to this question, and I'm going to also take a look at what mathematics educators could learn from the question itself.   Let's look at the answer first. When I was in school myself, the... read more

While there is no factor that is common to all the terms of this polynomial, it can be factored. When finding binomial factors of this kind of polynomial, we start by finding what pairs of numbers can multiply to yield the number at the end, which in this case is -4. The possibilities are: -4...


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