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Linda B.

Nashville, TN

$40/hr

Math Tutor - Helping you find your pebble of knowledge & build on it!

Background check passed as of 10/2/11
Usually responds in about 10 hours

Math Tutor - Helping you find your pebble of knowledge & build on it!

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"At the core of all learning lies understanding. Find your pebble of knowledge and build on it!"

My instructional approach to learning is to ensure concepts are understood thus enabling future application. It can be paralleled to snowball development, the largest of which often starts at pebble size. As the snowball rolls along, it gains momentum and continues to grow - building compactly upon what lies below at each turn. The student is able to rationalize problems that may previously have been completely overwhelming.

My professional tutoring history spans nearly 10 years. I have a degree in Mathematics and have over 20 years of experience in I.T. and math-related work, including statistical analysis & surveillance of health information; computer system development - Electronic Data Interchange; database integrity for health and metallurgy systems. I gained classroom experience in math instruction as a substitute teacher in Metro Nashville Schools during which time I was able to see frustration turn toward a more confident direction. As a private tutor, I used MS Excel to develop an interactive fractions tool to teach related concepts which offered a form of immediate feedback. Usually as the student recognizes he/she has a base of applicable knowledge, his efforts to continue and sense of self-efficacy are encouraged.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor Ever!!!"

- Russell, Nashville, TN on 7/27/14

"Very flexiable"

- Jennifer, Old Hickory, TN on 12/15/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Computer:
Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math

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.

ACT Math

I have worked with students in the Nashville Metro School District from varied backgrounds and skill levels that share the goal of improving their ACT math scores. Through concept explanation and problem solving sessions, they are able to increase theoretical knowledge and gain practical experience in solving problems characteristic to the ACT. They explain their results to me (including the relevance of steps chosen in the process). Problem solving time is reduced as they are able to more readily assess the question being asked of them and apply the necessary principles. The following is a comment from one former student:

(ACT Prep) My son was in 12th grade and retaking the ACT. At first he wasn’t excited about going, but once he got there he was excited about it because he found out it was going to help him and benefit him. It really helped him because he was struggling with the ACT and once he came to Linda for tutoring, it helped him a lot because he did bring his grade up 2 points. My personal feeling is if I had known about Linda sooner, his grade would have come up even further. Time ran out before we could have more sessions. (Nashville, TN)

Algebra 1

I help students to understand algebra from the most basic components (e.g., constants versus variables and expressions versus equations). They learn to apply ideas learned in lower level math (arithmetic operations used to solve algebraic problems). I help them to develop interpretive skills needed to set up and solve problems of various types. The underlying concepts are always stressed such that students can work to the end of a problem based on limited understanding initially. They develop an appreciation for the repetitive nature of math.

Algebra 2

I help the students to build upon the math skills they already have attained. Knowing that they understand more than they realized is empowering. They are able to explain in their own words how to solve problems based on the concepts being used as opposed to unclear memory work. Problem solving is approached according to their own valid reasoning. The rules for solving Algebra problems are cummulative, yet basic and repetitive. The students learn how to apply the concepts to the extent that they have a choice in the approach to be used. The rationale is explained by the students such that any faulty reasoning can be reconciled with valid principles.

ASVAB

I take an approach to the ASVAB that increases learning but also confidence in the ability to use the skills ongoing. The practice of critical thinking is founded on many of the basic skills evaluated in the ASVAB. I have successfully used this approach in standardized test situations including ACT prep, GED prep and subject enhancement goals. Below are a couple of comments from former clients.
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(ACT Prep) My son was in 12th grade and retaking the ACT. At first he wasn’t excited about going, but once he got there he was excited about it because he found out it was going to help him and benefit him. It really helped him because he was struggling with the ACT and once he came to Linda for tutoring, it helped him a lot because he did bring his grade up 2 points. My personal feeling is if I had known about Linda sooner, his grade would have come up even further. Time ran out before we could have more sessions. (Nashville, TN)
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(GED Gateway Prep) I referred (to Linda)my daughter-in-law who was not able to pass the Math section of the Gateway GED exam after several previous attempts. Linda worked with her and she passed the test upon the next effort. Her confidence was higher than I had seen following the prior exams. She felt sure she had passed the exam even before her scores were returned because she finally understood the concepts and how to apply them (District Sales Manager)
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(College Calculus) I was a student-athlete taking my first college calculus course. The experience from my sessions not only helped me to pass my class but also helped me to enjoy my class. The way Linda broke down the problem helped me to understand it in a way the professor had not. The notes served as an excellent resource to study later. Her encouragement was great motivation. (JR-Architect, Owner of J2Designs)

Bible Studies

I have served as Sunday School teacher at my church for more than 15 years. I worked regularly (some years ago) with children 5th & 6th grade and have led Vacation Bible School sessions (2 years ago). I have spent the majority of my time with Senior Adults. I also serve in a teaching capacity for our Discipleship Training program and lead the message component of our outreach program at a local nursing home. The home has residents that range from 40 to 100+, but all appreciate the style of teaching. (One of the most complimentary residents is a former school principal.) As with all of my instructional exercises, I seek to help the learner to leave with an understanding of the material presented as well as the ability to see the present day, individual relevance. I have occasionally conducted one-on-one sessions with a fellow senior member (103+ years of age) unable to participate in the regular study time who frequently expressed how much she "loved my teaching". It is important and useful to know the structure of the Bible in order to navigate through it, but also because it enables the reader to better recognize the connectedness of the entire Book. In order to continue learning and growing, I completed a one-chapter-one-day-at-a-time historically chronicled reading of the Bible. The process took 3 years.

Elementary (K-6th)

I worked in the Metro Nashville Public Schools as a substitute teacher for 2 school years. Many of my assignments were spent in elementary school (all grades) and the lower middle school grades - 5th and 6th grade. Because of my dedication to learning and performance in the classroom, other teachers in the school referred to me a "guest teacher" instead of substitute (meant to maintain order in the teacher's absence). In one long term elementary school assignment, while working with the students on their math assignments, they demonstrated having learned the concept as well as enjoyment to the extent that they enthusiastically "begged" to do the math exercise (addition using estimation) I had taught them in the form of a game. I was regularly requested by teachers planning their absence from school.

I was responsible for all basic ed classes, some of which included ESL students. I was consistently able to convey the lessons to the students.

I privately math tutored two middle school students of different ages (5th and 7th). I was successful in conveying the concepts to the two girls together such that both understood the work.

Elementary Math

While working as a substitute teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system, I had several long term assignments in area elementary schools. The children were as young as Kindergarten and as advanced as the 4th grade. I made frequent return assignments when teachers were planning their absences. In long term class, the students begged to do math work because I had taught them (arithmetic operations using rounding and estimation) using a game I created. They demonstrated their understanding and enjoyed the process. While I am certainly a proponent of computer literacy, I am traditional in my teaching style. I teach the concepts of math such that computer application can be made based on sound rationalization.

GED

I help the students to grasp the concepts needed for the GED. As the test covers a range of subject matter throughout the 12 years of school, I help the students to recognize what principles are relevant to the questions at hand. The students learn to approach the problem based on a cumulative set of skills presented during the standard primary and secondary years. They draw upon those ideas they mastered in order to develop the needed skills that are less solid. The process of building this understanding enables the student to address the exam systematically and confidently.

Geometry

I facilitated a Geometry class of students for a short time in the teacher's absence. The class was hesitant to participate, but soon became engaged in the learning process. One student said as she turned in her Geometry work, it was the 1st time she had done her work in months. The co-teacher who shared the space praised my work with the students as "much needed".

Microsoft Access

I work with Microsoft Access regularly in my professional responsibilities of Statistical Analyst 2/Tennessee Trauma Registrar. I use Access in the management of data from 13 Trauma Centers in Tennessee. I create databases from submitted datasets, create queries (simple and crosstab) and developed a reporting tool to track the hospital submissions. The reports contain formulas that enable easy to read counts and summaries.

In my private tutoring experience, I developed a tool for tracking my students whom I tutored. It allows for the development of a profile including client demographics and student needs, strategies and goals. Single student reporting as well as query or full database reporting were achieved through the tool.

Personally, I created a household budgeting tool in Access. It allows interactive entry and calculations to reflect budget variance. Needed query and reporting were featured.

Microsoft Excel

I enjoy Excel because of its practical and diverse application. I have used it in validating integrity of a huge database as well as making a grocery list or exercise strategy or interactive teaching tool. Armed with an understanding of the program basics, one can advance to accomplish most projects, progressively becoming more astute. The integration of Excel can be used to enhance projects created using other MSOffice programs or other compatible software. I am traditional in my approach to learning and teach concepts. Foundational knowledge provides the building blocks for future activity.

Microsoft Word

In my work as a statistical analyst, I am required to document my findings for those with whom I interact. Therefore, I use the Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel and Access) frequently in which I easily develop spreadsheets (using my own customized formulas as well as built-in formulas provided in Excel). A few years ago, I developed an interactive Excel based tool to help my (tutored) students learn Fraction addition. The expected interoperability of the Microsoft Suite makes presentation using Word or Powerpoint more portable, steamlined and functional. In addition to commonly used Word features I also use such features as Mail Merge for broadly transmitted correspondence or the Table of Contents feature to organize multi-sectioned reports.

Praxis

I have worked with students who were preparing for the Praxis exam. In both cases, math was the most challenging area. One educator aspired to obtain a higher level position and the other was moving from student teaching into classroom management as the primary educator. Having been a substitute teacher for 2 school years in Metro Nashville Public School system (who sought not only to maintain order but to ensure that learning was not diminished at each assignment), I could relate to the basic mechanics of the teacher experience. Also, being well proficient in math, I could provide the assistance they needed to prepare for the math Praxis content. In one week-long (substitute) assignment, the teacher who shared the classroom with me commented that what I gave the students was "much needed". In this same (high school Geometry) experience a young lady informed me (as she turned in her work) that it was the 1st time in months that she had done her work. Below is a testimonial from the latter Praxis student:

"I teach 5th grade. I continue to be excited about helping my students learn and be successful. Two years ago, I was faced with the challenge of passing the teacher certification exam. The test consisted of content from all subject areas concerning elementary through high school. I decided that it would be a good time for me to find a great tutor since I had always struggled with math in the past. I met Linda through a mutual friend who taught at the school at which I was student teaching. We worked every Saturday on different Math skills. My confidence level continued to rise and I passed the test after about three tutoring sessions. Not only was I given the tools that I needed to pass the test, but I also learned the skill well enough to confidently teach Math." (Franklin, TN)

Public Speaking

I have been a member of Toastmasters International (TM) (public speaking organization) for a little under 5 years. Also, I participated with a theatre group for 2 years prior to joining the communications organization. Both of these experiences have helped me to hone skills that have proven beneficial professionally and personally. This is skill development useful in formal presentations, small party communication in meetings, group interactions of all kinds and direct interpersonal situations. I have attained the level of Advanced Communicator Bronze and have won several speech contests - club level Table Topics, which helps to develop extemporaneous speaking skills (about 2 months after joining the local club) and area level (original) Humorous Speech contest (just this past October, 2011). The public speaking and theatre presentations have proven a great combination of communication development. Both require execution of mental exercise while presenting messages with verbal clarity, vocal variety and comfortable body language. The once uncomfortable idea of speaking before an audience of any size is no more. (My former manager was so impressed with my development that she sought the same public speaking path for her own communication skill development.) In my work with Injury Prevention and Trauma data, I make presentations to audiences including trauma surgeons and other public health professionals. I have found that my leadership comfort has been enhanced as well. I use it in the classroom of Seniors that I teach each week as well as programs I am charge with coordinating. Public speaking is something I enjoy and utilize with relative ease.

SAT Math

I have worked with students in developing their ACT/SAT scores. A former client had the following to say:

(ACT Prep) My son was in 12th grade and retaking the ACT. At first he wasn’t excited about going, but once he got there he was excited about it because he found out it was going to help him and benefit him. It really helped him because he was struggling with the ACT and once he came to Linda for tutoring, it helped him a lot because he did bring his grade up 2 points. My personal feeling is if I had known about Linda sooner, his grade would have come up even further. Time ran out before we could have more sessions. (Nashville, TN)

Theatre

I participated for 2 years (2006 and 2007) in a Nashville Christian theater group under the artistic direction of a graduate of the University of Tennessee Memphis theater program. I became proficient at monologue character development & presentation as well as full cast productions. The monologues were as long as 7 minutes while the roles in the cast productions ranged from short conversational speaking series with fellow cast members to 1-1/2 minute speeches in flow. Speech mechanics of breathing, volume projection and enunciation were developed and later applied. Typically, no sound devices were utilized beyond floor microphones. More recently (September 2011), I gained additional experience as an extra (doing an isolated non-verbal exercise) in the trailer by a 2-time finalist in the World Champion of Public Speaking/professional motivational speaker. In the spring of 2011 I stepped into a previously assigned church role with only 7 days to prepare. Memorization techniques previously developed proved a valuable asset. Several in the audience indicated their own emotional stirring by my monologue presentation (which had required tears be shed by my character). Later, in the summer of 2011, I directed a cast of 8 in a church presentation.

Linda’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 Linda. View all of Linda’s resources

Everyone has comprehension of all subject matter on some level. While it is true that the level may be near "nil" in some cases (e.g. nuclear medicine in my case), the level of understanding can be increased once it is related to more familiar ideas. E.g., I took a statistics course a year or so ago and the professor asked (at the onset of his presentation) if we knew what a "cohort... read more

I was watching the movie, "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford when I heard something that gave me pause, mathematically speaking. After Richard Kimble escaped the first time by way of the bus/train accident, the small town sheriff was relieved of the case by another official (who, by the way, referred to the sheriff as "Wyatt Earp" because of how he was handling the situation... read more

The answer to this question is, "one bite at a time". That's the approach I encourage students to use when approaching math problems. Often in reading an apparently difficult problem, looking at each part in its singular concepts, they are able to work through the problem to a successful end. They start at a place where they are comfortable and usually find the problem becomes progressively... read more

Spelman College (B.A) & Georgia Institute of Technology
Mathematics
Tennessee State University (MPH)
Enrolled
Tennessee State University (Mathematics)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Spelman College (B.A) & Georgia Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

Tennessee State University (MPH) (Enrolled)

Tennessee State University (Mathematics) (Graduate Coursework)

Best Tutor Ever!!! — Linda is so great at what she teaches. She really knows her material, and finds a way to make it click with you. She makes you work hard so you will understand the material completely. Linda is one of the best tutors I have ever had. ...

— Russell, Nashville, TN on 7/27/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

$40 + $10 per additional student if more than 1 student.

Travel policy

Linda will travel within 10 miles of Nashville, TN 37207.


About Linda

"At the core of all learning lies understanding. Find your pebble of knowledge and build on it!"

My instructional approach to learning is to ensure concepts are understood thus enabling future application. It can be paralleled to snowball development, the largest of which often starts at pebble size. As the snowball rolls along, it gains momentum and continues to grow - building compactly upon what lies below at each turn. The student is able to rationalize problems that may previously have been completely overwhelming.

My professional tutoring history spans nearly 10 years. I have a degree in Mathematics and have over 20 years of experience in I.T. and math-related work, including statistical analysis & surveillance of health information; computer system development - Electronic Data Interchange; database integrity for health and metallurgy systems. I gained classroom experience in math instruction as a substitute teacher in Metro Nashville Schools during which time I was able to see frustration turn toward a more confident direction. As a private tutor, I used MS Excel to develop an interactive fractions tool to teach related concepts which offered a form of immediate feedback. Usually as the student recognizes he/she has a base of applicable knowledge, his efforts to continue and sense of self-efficacy are encouraged.

Testimonials

"Best Tutor Ever!!!"

- Russell, Nashville, TN on 7/27/14

"Very flexiable"

- Jennifer, Old Hickory, TN on 12/15/11
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Education

Spelman College (B.A) & Georgia Institute of Technology
Mathematics
Tennessee State University (MPH)
Enrolled
Tennessee State University (Mathematics)
Graduate Coursework

Education

Spelman College (B.A) & Georgia Institute of Technology (Mathematics)

Tennessee State University (MPH) (Enrolled)

Tennessee State University (Mathematics) (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

$40 + $10 per additional student if more than 1 student.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Nashville, TN 37207

Linda’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Computer:
Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Art:
Theatre
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math

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.


Linda’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 Linda. View all of Linda’s resources

Everyone has comprehension of all subject matter on some level. While it is true that the level may be near "nil" in some cases (e.g. nuclear medicine in my case), the level of understanding can be increased once it is related to more familiar ideas. E.g., I took a statistics course a year or so ago and the professor asked (at the onset of his presentation) if we knew what a "cohort... read more

I was watching the movie, "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford when I heard something that gave me pause, mathematically speaking. After Richard Kimble escaped the first time by way of the bus/train accident, the small town sheriff was relieved of the case by another official (who, by the way, referred to the sheriff as "Wyatt Earp" because of how he was handling the situation... read more

The answer to this question is, "one bite at a time". That's the approach I encourage students to use when approaching math problems. Often in reading an apparently difficult problem, looking at each part in its singular concepts, they are able to work through the problem to a successful end. They start at a place where they are comfortable and usually find the problem becomes progressively... read more


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