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I have been tutoring over 20 years. I teach in a regular classroom but one-on-one tutoring is what I literally enjoy. I have not always been a teacher. I worked in industry over twenty years, earned a lucrative salary, and had a promising career. However, I was not fulfilled. As a community service project, I began volunteering at the local high school, tutoring Math and Science. I found my passion and earned an excellent track record in helping students, who had previously failed, pass exit exams. In return, these same students encouraged me to seek a career in teaching. I enrolled in the Alternative Teacher's Certification program and am currently teaching Chemistry in the public school system.
I believe one of the main reasons I am so successful at tutoring is my diverse background. Since I worked in the real world, I can use real-life examples as teaching tools. This ability enables me to clarify otherwise complex concepts. My love for education and concern for the success of my students led me to return to school myself after some twenty years. As a result, I now have three degrees - one technical, one business, and the last one, spiritual. This makes me a more well-rounded individual who will use whatever skill available in my toolbox to help a student succeed. I evaluate a student's strengths and weaknesses and then put an individualize teaching plan into action. Because of my age and life experiences, parents tend to feel more comfortable with me teaching their student or in their home. Additionally, my belief is that when a student sees how much effort is put into personalizing a lesson plan, he or she feels valued and is more apt to rise to expectation. In either case, everybody wins - the student, the parent, and the tutor.
Algebra was my favorite subject in school. I even remember my high school Algebra I teacher, Mrs. White. She created in me a love for Algebra and I get that same joy when I am able to help students master this subject. Even though I am a Chemistry major, Math was my minor, and I had to take everything from basic Math to Calculus. I believe one-on-one tutoring of Algebra can make all the difference in the world. I tutor many subjects on a regular basis, but get the most practice in Algebra I, II, or Pre-Algebra.
In December of 2011, I earned a Master's degree in Theology and a certification in Spiritual Direction. My course work included Old and New Testament, Christian Theology, Christian Spirituality, History of Christian Worship, Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality, just to name a few. For practical experience, I have been leading a small group young adult Bible study over five years, now. Because of the extensive research required for my degree, I have a private library of sources readily available and if need be, I have access to Rice University's library and other seminaries in the area.
I am a Chemistry major and am currently teaching high school Chemistry in the public school system. I simply love balancing equations, writing formulas, and calculating moles. Even thought I am a classroom teacher, I am also highly sought after for one-on-one tutoring. One of my main strengths is applying real-life applications to the subject matter. For example, I have been known to perform simple experiments right in the home in an effort to help a student understand. Since I am currently teaching Chemistry, I have access to updated and innovated materials. One of the main advantages of teaching is that whenever you teach a subject, you get a clearer understanding of the subject and it is therefore, easier to articulate it more effectively. With that said, I still believe that one of the main advantages of teaching/tutoring is seeing a student's eyes light up whenever he or she masters a concept.
Since I am a Chemistry major and a Mathematics minor, I have tutored all high school subjects where there is an Exit exam required to graduate. In fact, my specialty is preparing high school students for Exit exams. When STAAR first came into existence, I tutored Biology and Algebra that first year. Out of approximately fifty students, only one failed. At that time, Chemistry was also a required STAAR subject. My six classes totaling 130 students had a 96% passing rate that first year. Since I am a certified teacher and have over twenty years tutoring experience, I have a wealth of resources at my disposal. This enables me to tailor my tutoring specifically to a particular student where the strength of one-on-one tutoring ultimately lies.
I have a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Math. I am a certified secondary science teacher and taught Chemistry in the public school system for seven years. Even before I began teaching, I tutored at the local high school as a community service. My specialty quickly became helping seniors pass exit exams. Before TAKS, there was TAAS, and now there is STAAR. I have experience in all three and have been tutoring over fifteen years. Even while I was teaching, I was highly sort after when a senior needed to pass an exit exam. I have a near perfect passing rate when students commit their time and are serious. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring in small settings, whether it is one-on-one or small groups. What I find that works is getting the student to focus on key words and what that word mean in that particular context. Then, they must understand exactly what the question is asking. This way, they can narrow down the choices and eliminate the unreasonable ones. Additionally, I tailor my attention to the particular needs of that students because all students are different. Since I have been tutoring so long, I have a wealth of material and resources. Not only am I proficient in Chemistry and Math, I also know Biology and Physics.
Just recently, I discovered that I had a love for writing. I journal daily and write lessons for a small group study weekly. Also, I edit and proofread students' papers and essays on a regular basis. While earning my second master's degree, the major requirement was researching and writing papers. Therefore, I was forced to learn how to write scholarly. I am happy to admit that all that hard work paid off because I graduated summa cum laude. Of course, good writing takes time and much effort; however, since it is so fresh on my mind, I am in a great position to help students now.
Great with Kids! — My children and I are very new to tutors, especially a stranger coming in to our home. I was a little skeptical at first about safety. I'm so glad I found Mrs. Carolyn through WyzAnt; its the best decision I have made so far for my children's educational needs. WyzAnt has been very professional. My children love Mrs. Carolyn. She is really patient, nice, and overall, wonderful. My children have ma ...
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