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A real advantage in learning mathematics is that all of your knowledge carries forward. The skills you learn early will be used in all of your future mathematics courses. So once you learn the basics, you will build on them as you progress. The first skill is algebra. The concepts (e.g., variables and inequality) and manipulations (e.g., solving equations and factoring) you learn in algebra are a kind of language that will be used in geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, calculus, probability and statistics. These subjects use the same notations as do algebra, so once you master them you can move forward into more advanced topics.
Algebra is not necessarily easy, but it is completely logical. There is nothing you learn early that will be contradicted by later lessons. My approach in working with you on algebra 1 and algebra 2 is first to assess your familiarity and comfort with basic concepts, and explain and clarify the ones you need some improvement on; and then to work on the specific areas of your assignments, such as solving equations with radicals or graphing functions. I can almost guarantee that you will have “Aha! So that’s how it works!” moments as algebra becomes more familiar and understandable.
Algebra 2 builds on the foundation of algebra 1, especially in the ongoing application of the basic concepts of variables, solving equations, and manipulations such as factoring. My approach in working with you on algebra 2 is first to assess your familiarity and comfort with basic concepts, and explain and clarify the ones where you need some improvement; and then to work on the specific areas of your assignments, such as solving equations with radicals, exponents and logarithms, evaluating and simplifying complex polynomials, graphing and solving complex functions, and imaginary numbers. Your understanding and familiarity with Algebra 2 will increase, and you will be more confident that you can solve most problems you will encounter.
I have been a college professor teaching statistics to both undergraduates and graduates, and have tutored statistics through WyzAnt since 2012. I am especially proficient in the statistics used in biostatistics applications, which are used in most health-care courses of study and research. These techniques include those used, for example, to determine the effectiveness of medication, or in epidemiological studies of disease transmission or causes of death. The statistics used are standard means comparisons, but also analysis of variance and especially multivariate regression and correlation - and I have used and taught all of these.
I have taught prealgebra and algebra as part of preparation for college level statistics and probability. Algebra is the "language" of much of mathematics. Once you learn the basics, you can easily tackle more advanced areas. My approach uses real world problems and how to apply algebraic principles to solve those problems.
Probability is the basis for statistics; if you can solve problems in probability, you are on the way to understanding and solving problems in statistics. My approach is intuitive and rigorous. You will learn the why as well as the how, using familiar real world examples.
I have a Ph.D. in psychology and have taught introductory psychology, personality psychology, statistics and experimental design, and psychometrics at the college level. I can teach you basic facts, terms and concepts - the vocabulary of psychology -so you will be prepared to master more advanced areas, including performing and writing up psychological research in scientific format.
I have taught statistics and experimental design at the college level for seven years, and have consulted on statistics for research projects in psychology, medicine, chemistry and psychological measurement. My approach leans heavily on concepts and application; you will learn to analyze problems and use the correct methods for solving them.
I have been a college professor who has taught both undergrads and grads. Part of my teaching process, especially for freshman, was helping them gain study skills so they could succeed in my class and in college generally. Some of the techniques I use are: 1) completing a survey on study skills to determine a baseline; 2) completing a detailed, week-long log of study (time, place, subject, distractions) 3) choosing an appropriate place and time for study; 4) developing a protocol for improving important study skills; and 5) setting small, achievable goals so the student sees progress. I have found that this procedure helps the motivated student approach learning more confidently, and it usually leads to better grades and more satisfaction and enjoyment of learning.
Writing clearly is a necessity for almost all scientific, technical and business careers. I have published a number of studies in scientific journals and have written successful grant proposals totaling over $60M. I can teach you how to write in technical format, including standard reference and graphic formats.