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Harvey F.

An effective teacher with a sense of humor!

Harleton, TX (75651)

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I enjoy teaching and seeing students gain knowledge and confidence. With Texas teacher certifications in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, I have taught in public secondary schools, colleges, and industries for 29 years. In this time, I have shown students practical applications for science and mathematics. I often tell humorous stories that relate to important topics such as Avogadro’s number and the Pythagorean Theorem. Along with formal teaching of science and mathematics, I have tutored several students individually in secondary math, science, computer skills, chemical operations technology, and measurement techniques in industry.

As a UIL sponsor, I helped students find ways to visualize new problems and then develop a plan for solving problems and eliminating extra information. I basically teach test-taking skills along with problem solving. I understand standardized testing and have been a professional test item writer for military and industrial tests. I use my knowledge of testing to help students study more effectively in anticipation of such tests.

I have taught in summer enrichment programs in science and served as a science fair judge on several occasions for Austin ISD. I have attended several teacher development workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Summer Physics Institute at Texas A&M, and Southwest Teachers Academy of Physics in Dallas. Each conference spawned new ideas for teaching science for better understanding by my students. I earned my BA degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Texas and my MS degree in secondary and higher education from East Texas State University in Commerce.

I have worked in industry as well as in my own electronics business, so I understand what employers are seeking in prospective employees. I use plain language in my teaching to explain technical terms and concepts. I also have taught computer applications for various professions including banking and manufacturing. I even taught my 88-year old mother-in-law to use a computer to write a book on English grammar! I am patient and encourage successful learning with all students using a leading-questions style of teaching. (Socrates did that too, so I didn't discover that style of teaching by myself!) I am retired, so I can be available during normal school times as well as after school. I covet the opportunity and privilege to work with you as your personal tutor.

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ACT Math

I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT math test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.

ACT Science

100% of my science students passed the TAKS test in my last year of teaching! While I am proud of what they accomplished, I feel I was able to fully prepare them for that standardized test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.

Algebra 1

Algebra is like arithmetic on steroids! Its power comes from making math apply to general situations instead of only specific problems. Once the concept of variables is established, it gives students the ability to see similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions in Austin.

Algebra 2

Algebra is like arithmetic on steroids! Its power comes from making math apply to general situations instead of only specific problems. Once the concept of variables is established, it gives students the ability to see similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions in Austin.

ASVAB

Having served in the military, I am familiar with the skills the military values, including technical skills, math and science knowledge, and reasoning skills. I have administered ASVAB tests at my school. I also have tutored students for ACT and SAT testing.

Calculus

I have successfully tutored calculus students from high school AP Calculus and college calculus classes. Recently, I have refreshed my calculus knowledge by "hitting the books" again and have a new appreciation for the power of calculus in solving advanced problems. Finding volumes of rotation of curves using the disc method and computing the area under a curve using the trapezoid rule are applicable to engineering work and fabrication industries. Generating power series to approximate functions over an interval is also useful for manufacturing.

Chemistry

Chemistry was my first major in college and is what I was teaching when I retired. Chemistry can be very challenging, but by showing linkages and patterns, it can be managed well. By effectively teaching trends and features of the Periodic Table of the Elements, students can then work most problems encountered in high school and freshman chemistry. I am also able to teach the mathematics required for chemistry problems.

Discrete Math

My experience with discrete math includes design of logic circuits using Boolean algebra for encoding and decoding of binary states in electronics. I also designed an artificial intelligence program for playing Black Jack as part of a college course project. I later studied the application of truth tables to analyze digital electronics faults in audio equipment.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have privately tutored elementary grade students in math and science and worked with 4th grade students in Harleton ISD's "Mockport" science days that substituted for going to SciPort Science Center when the trip was cancelled. The students liked it so much, we continued the "Mockport" program in subsequent years. I also taught 6th grade math students in public school in Austin.

Elementary Math

Elementary math is crucial to any later progress in math and science and even music! I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from elementary math courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive. My favorite math teacher provided me with a solid foundation in arithmetic that allowed me to become a successful math teacher.

Elementary Science

Elementary science is crucial to any later progress in science. I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from elementary science courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive. My favorite science teacher provided me with a solid foundation in general science that allowed me to become a successful science teacher.

English

As I taught math and science courses, I often found myself teaching proper English to help students express themselves accurately and succinctly in lab reports and journals of their learning. I am often given documents to proofread for colleagues before they submit them for publication or presentation. My mother-in-law, a 41-year veteran English teacher, would constantly teach me in the proper use of English and grammar while I performed my "Driving Miss Daisy" duties each afternoon after work. I assisted her in writing an English grammar book on a computer when she was over 90 years of age! That was a special learning experience for both of us!

GED

I have tutored many students in preparation for SAT, ACT, GRE, ASVAB, and TAKS testing. As a certified teacher in Texas, I have taught math, science, and technical writing in schools and industry. I have also worked in adult education at a community college program. GED is similar to those tests and my experience and education enable me to help students with the GED preparation.

Geometry

Geometry (meaning "Earth measurement") is a different type of math course that some find challenging due to its emphasis on logic and reasoning in making formal geometric proofs. I show students how to process problems using diagrams to understand what is being asked. I show ways to group the many formulas in geometry into a smaller group of formulas to reduce the demands on memorization!

Grammar

There are many words that can be confused in their use in sentences. They're very common to us, but often used incorrectly! I am using two examples in these sentences to show their proper use and have a little fun, too!

I could go further in this demonstration, but I don't want to go farther down that path.

I have shown you one way to teach about grammar by using "there, their, and they're" as well as "two, to, and too" correctly in the above sentences. "Further and farther" are also often confused.

I worked with a 41-year veteran English teacher to edit, produce, and publish an English grammar book.

GRE

I have taken the GRE on two occasions since I entered two different graduate schools many years apart. I had a perfect score on the quantitative reasoning (math) section and I even took time during the test to analyze the contents to find 25% was geometry content. As a professional test item writer, I understand test item construction and can give advice on helpful test taking tactics to improve scores.

Logic

Using logic is the basic skill of all science to understand experimental results. As a science teacher, I continually evaluated the logic students used to arrive at conclusions. I also used Boolean logic in electronic circuits to form "truth tables" for combinations of "AND", "OR", and "NAND" gates. DeMorgan's theorem was also used to simplify complex logic circuits. I also used logic in teaching geometry proofs in mathematics.

Microsoft Excel

Excel spreadsheets are my favorite computer application. I have used them for many years and made everything from simple data records and grade books to large macros to automate a database system for 72 departments at my work. I especially like to use Excel in science to make tedious repetitive work quick and accurate. I designed a "Chemcalc" spreadsheet to find empirical formulas, formulas masses of compounds, percent compositions, and atoms/moles/grams conversions. I have also taught Excel for industrial workers and bankers.

Microsoft Word

Word is my primary software for most computer files I have made. I have found that using keystroke combinations make many Word tasks much faster to start by not having to find the mouse pointer and locate the task on the toolbar. For example, "Ctrl C" to "copy" and "Ctrl V" to "paste" are much quicker than using the mouse. I taught my mother-in-law to use Word to write her English grammar textbook when she was 88 years of age! I have filed extensive legal documents using Word. I have also taught Word for industrial workers and bankers.

Physical Science

My education in physics, chemistry, and geology gives me the right background for teaching physical science. I am able to offer examples from my 10 years of experience working and teaching in industry to show how often physical science knowledge is used there. This basic course is the foundation for all higher sciences and is the most useful for skilled workers.

Physics

I majored in physics in college and it is my favorite course to teach. I have kept current by participating in several nationally recognized workshops in physics as indicated on my profile. I have taught physics in high school and college where my students said they really liked my courses. I teach concepts first, them problem solving.

Praxis

As a 29 year veteran in teaching, I have the skills for teaching that are tested in Praxis. The core test measures academic skills in reading, writing, and math. I have passed the TECAT exam which covers those topics. Praxis II tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that are needed for beginning teaching. I am certified to teach mathematics, physics, and chemistry in Texas and would be able to tutor those subjects for Praxis II testing.

Prealgebra

I taught prealgebra for 4 years and was able to bring most students into basic algebra concepts during the prealgebra course. I always make sure basic math concepts are well established before moving past them into algebra.

Precalculus

Precalculus develops extensions of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and mathematical analysis in preparation for calculus. Having worked with all of these subjects I have used these skills extensively while teaching and tutoring. I was able to make a 100% score on the WyzAnt mastery test for precalculus.

Probability

Probability is mostly concerned with combinations and permutations. I used probability theory to rotate seating charts for my students and to calculate inventory requirements in manufacturing of electronic circuit boards. It is also useful in playing "Black Jack" to know when to "hit" or "hold". Even insurance decisions can benefit from actuarial probabilities.

SAT Math

I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT math test. As a professional test writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.

STAAR

I have taught science courses for grades 7-12 as well as college physics and industrial science subjects. I have also taught math courses for grades 6-11. I am familiar with the concepts and topics from those courses and have been successful in preparing my students for state assessments such as TEAMS and TAKS. STAAR is simply the next evolution of that testing.

TAKS

As a high school teacher, much time was devoted to preparing students for the TAKS testing. I directly instructed and reviewed students for the math and science portions of TAKS. In my last two years of teaching, 100% of my science students passed the TAKS test! I also gave verbal administrations of both math and science tests so I am aware of the test questions and formats.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry was my favorite math class in high school where I maintained an A+ average. While it is based on the right triangle, its applications extend to most sciences and engineering, so it is a very important course. I especially like the trigonometric identities.

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University of Texas

East Texas State University, Commerce, TX (Master's)

Strong tutor, very flexible and patient. I would highly recommend Harvey as a tutor for high school age students. He is currently tutoring my daughter in math/science for ACT improvement and college readiness. Harvey works on the specific areas my student has trouble with. He is prepared with examples and works through various types of problems at each session - some ACT prep, some homework help, some general skills. Harvey is flexib ...

— Joanne from Longview, TX on 5/14/13);

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