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Chuck Y.

Patient and Understanding Former High School Math Teacher

Austin, TX (78749)

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TUTORING PHILOSOPHY

Having taught over 1000 high school students while teaching math at St. Michael's Catholic Academy, I have found that each student, regardless of age (middle school, high school or even post-secondary) is a unique person who has their own learning style. The key to successful learning via tutoring is to identify that style and use it motivate the student to gain knowledge.

There are two major components to my teaching style: whenever possible:

1. provide more than one way to solve a problem; and
2. use real-world examples to make visual connections to math problems

Bottom line: these thoughts should enable us to have fun while working together. I expect nothing less.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

After graduating from UT, I was a process engineer in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for 15 years. I was fortunate enough to travel the world while working for companies such as Motorola, Applied Materials, and Varian Associates. For another 10 years, I was a consultant, trainer, and book publisher.

I then took the opportunity to become a teacher at a private school here in Austin for nine years, where I taught Pre-algebra, Algebra 2, Pre-AP Algebra 2, and AP Statistics. During my tenure, I went to Graduate School at Texas State University (San Marcos) and obtained my Texas Teaching Certificate and an M.A. in Education.


EDUCATION

UT Austin: BA (Math) and BS in Electrical Engineering
State of Texas Math Teachers Certification
Texas State University: M. A. (Remedial and Adult Education)


TRAINING EXPERIENCE

Throughout my career, I have been involved with training adults, including one year teaching electronics at a business college, one year teaching customer maintenance and repair courses, and 15 years training engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel and operators in statistics, metrology, and in key aspects of ion implantation. And currently, I am a reporter for veterans' affairs for Examiner.com here in Austin.


PUBLICATIONS

I have over 80 published articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences proceedings, trade magazines, newsletters, as well as a number of white papers. I have also written or edited seven books related to ion implantation and contributed to a number of chapters in textbooks used in technical schools at international conferences.


MISCELLANEOUS

* US Army including Vietnam service. Awards include Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal
* 29-year triathlete; participated in over 100 triathlons and multi-sport races
* Member of Bugles Across America (we play Taps at military funerals and special events)
* Member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band
* Member of the Austin Community College Stage Ensemble Band

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Chuck’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GRE, ISEE, SAT Math, SSAT, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Music:
Language:
Speech, TOEFL
Science:
Computer:
Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Composition (Music)

I have composed over 50 songs since high school, including one of just about every genre (except "rap"); most of these are ballads that tell a story; and several are classical. In college, I was fortunate to play in a "combo" just to hear the songs I wrote. Many of these songs have lyrics. Indeed, I have written the music, then the lyrics; and I have done the reverse: written the lyrics, then the music.

Recently, I took two semesters of music theory and have two courses of music appreciation on my transcript as well. My goal is to get a graduate degree in music so that I may complete my classical symphonies and concertos.

I also play trumpet with Bugles Across America, an organization that arranges players like me to play Taps at military funerals and special events. In addition, I have played trumpet with the stage ensemble at Austin Community College for the last two semesters.

Granted, I have not yet published any song; however, I do have the knowledge to help anyone "write" a song.

Ear Training

Ear Training is a basic skill of music that allows students to recognize and identify individual notes, timbre, rhythms, scales, chords, pitches, and intervals. Such a skill will help students to become a better musician as they learn to sing or play an instrument.

My own experience with ear training began when I was in high school learning chords and playing music on the organ. This led me to the point where, after I heard my own music in my head, I was able to write original songs down on music paper. While in college, I transcribed and arranged my songs for my own “combo”; we played them all over central Texas.

I have now taken several formal college ear training courses. Coupled with my own experience, I can show young students how they can also play the music they hear in their head on their instrument. Then they can learn, as I have, what a truly wonderful and satisfying accomplishment it is!

Electrical Engineering

I received my BSEE from the University of Texas in 1976 and became a practicing process engineer for the next 25 years. My first job was a design engineer for Accelerator's Inc's new ion implanter, a tool used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices. I then worked for Motorola, Applied Materials, Varian Inc., and several other companies. During most of this time, I was considered an expert in my field and was often called to travel to a customer's site to trouble-shoot machine and process problems..

In the meantime, I wrote three books and self-published five books on the ion implant process, the ion implanter, rapid thermal processing, and metrology.

I taught electronics courses that led to an associate's degree in electronics at a business college. In addition, I taught my own one-and two-day adult short courses (three of them) throughout the US as well as Taiwan, Germany, and Sweden.

Elementary Math

I begin by laying the ground rules, which are simple: if I am going too fast, just let me know and I'll slow down or repeat anything that is necessary. If I am going too slow or covering something they already know, just let me know and we'll move on. The goal here is to establish two-way conversation.

As with all of my math students, I tell them I am giving them an empty took kit and that I will be giving them tools with which to solve problems. Some they will use and some they won't - in this course. Keep this kit as it will help them in your next couple of math courses.

Secondly, I always ask what steps are being taught by their teacher. I do not want to show them something that they are not allowed to use. For example, many teachers in grade school do not allow cross division in simplifying two fractions being multiplied; they must multiply numerators and denominators first.

And lastly, when they do something good, I'll tell them and even ask them to pat themselves on their back.

I have never had a difficult time working with youngsters and we always have fun doing math. No, really!

General Music

It seems like I have been around music all of my life. When I was growing up, my parents had a great selection of 78-rpm records consisting of mostly classical and easy listening. I started to listen to Handel’s Messiah every Christmas and Easter – and still do to this day.

After I got my cornet in the 4th Grade, I played Christmas carols on my front porch in San Marcos. Then, I was in the band from junior high through college and still play with the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band here in Austin. I also currently play with the Austin Community College Swing Ensemble.

I dreamed my first song while I was a senior in high school (of course, it was about my girlfriend) and have been writing music every since. I am now taking music classes at ACC and have a goal of getting my next college degree in music.

I would love to have the opportunity to show how music can positively affect the lives of young students.

Macintosh

I got my first Macintosh in 1986 and have owned one ever since. While working at Applied Materials, I prepared Power Point presentations (most people are not aware that Power Point was originally written for the Mac). In 1987, I established communication with AMAT (located in San Jose, CA) and submitted my weekly reports as well as received email via my Mac while on location in Houston, TX. This was the first time in the company's history that this type of communication was established with anything other than a pc.

While in Houston, I wrote the first draft of my second book and later published it using Adobe Framemaker.

And, in 1992, while working for Ion Implant Services, I used Lotus 1-2-3 for the Mac so that I could develop data and statistics that could be used by the company's pc network.

I have always used a Mac - and just ordered a new one.

Prealgebra

I devised and taught for five years a summer school pre-algebra program for incoming freshmen students to St. Michael's Catholic Academy (SMCA). All students applying to SMCA must take a placement exam to determine if they are ready to take Algebra 1 that fall. If they performed below standards, then they were required to take the four-week course.

It was an homework intensive course covering all of the topics in a typical pre-algebra course. Grades were kept but the course was Pass-Fail.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is a learned art form; there is no science to it at all. And it’s more than just imagining the audience wearing something unusual (or nothing, which relates to the title of a popular book on presentations). Needless to say, “out of sight; out of mind” is not going to work here while facing an audience and giving your first speech.

The best way to learn speaking in public is to follow a guideline such as “The Six Ps”: have a Purpose, be Prepared, Practice with Pfeedback, Performance, and Present using illustrations.

As an internationally invited public speaker, presenter, and trainer, and as a certified high school math teacher for nine years, I have a wide variety of experience that will help provide a novice with knowledge and techniques that will reduce their fear of speaking in public, and to assist them in making their first speech a success – and have fun while doing it.

Songwriting

I have written over 50 songs since high school, including one of just about every genre (except "rap"); most of these are ballads that tell a story. In college, I was fortunate to play in a "combo" just to hear the songs I wrote. Many of these songs have lyrics. Indeed, I have written the music, then the lyrics; and I have done the reverse: written the lyrics, then the music.

Recently, I took two semesters of music theory and have two courses of music appreciation on my transcript as well.

Granted, I have not yet published any song; however, I do have the knowledge to help anyone "write" a song.

Study Skills

The best way to begin teaching study skills by first determining how a student learns. Although there are several methods that will accomplish this step, the easiest is to find the student’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. From that starting point, a variety of techniques can be crafted to assist the student in learning study skills, improving their acquisition of knowledge, which ultimately leads to better grades.

I acquired the knowledge and skills to tutor students in study skills while working on my M.A. with a major in Developmental and Adult Education. I practiced the study skills that I was learning: I graduated with a 4.0 GPA when I received my Masters degree.

Trumpet

I have played trumpet since I was a kid. I played in the Bobcat Band (Southwest Texas State College) in the mid-60s; we played at LBJ's Inauguration Parade after he became president. I then played in the Longhorn Band at the University of Texas for five years.

For the last 15 years or so, I have played with the Longhorn Alumni Band.

For the last five years, I have played Taps through Bugles Across America at military funerals and special events. And for the last two semesters, I have been playing with the "swing" band (called stage ensemble) at Austin Community College.

Lastly, I took two semesters of music theory at ACC.

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Education

University of Texas (BS Electrical Engine)

Texas State U. (Master's)

Great Tutor for Algebra 2 Chuck did a great job working with my daughter. I would not hesitate recommending him to others. He was very responsive with short notice. ...

— NIna from Austin, TX on 4/5/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $36.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

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Chuck will travel within 30 miles of Austin, TX 78749.

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