Hello! My name is Jennifer, and I love helping people with math and chemistry.

I began tutoring three years ago, and I absolutely love it. I help high school and college students with topics that range anywhere from algebra I to calculus II and chemistry. I can also help with CLEP test preparation. My specialty is algebra and trigonometry, therefore I am able to help with topics such as pre-calculus and calculus. I also have a very good track record of helping students understand the mathematical concepts within chemistry. I hold an associate's degree in general mathematics and science from Lone Star College, Magna Cum Laude, and am currently working on finishing my bachelor's degree at Sam Houston State University.

I am known for being extremely patient yet diligent with my students- I will go over a topic as many times as needed until the student understands how to solve the problem. That is another edge I have as a tutor- I try to get my students to really ~~understand~~ how to solve problems, not just how to remember how to solve problems. However, when teaching students the fundamentals of algebra, graphing and trigonometry, I do NOT allow the use of advanced graphing calculators- I find them to inhibit students' learning curves. I do, however, allow the use of basic scientific calculators for trigonometric calculations, but not for things like adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing- I believe in the power the mind or pencil and paper instead!

I know what it's like to struggle with math—-I struggled with it myself as a young teenager. However, it was an algebra I teacher who was able to reach out to me with the "keep doing problems until you understand it" approach, which is why I implement it today! I genuinely love math and the beauty of it, and I hope I can get other students to love it, too.

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Jennifer's subjects

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Algebra 1

This is the subject with which I first began tutoring math students. Here is where I believe it is important to teach students become truly "self-sufficient" in their math journey: I do not allow the use of calculators when I help Algebra students. I believe they need to develop their algebra skills with the use of their own mind and good old-fashioned pencil and paper. This is how I learned math, and I believe I have strong math skills because of that.

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Algebra 2

This is where Algebra gets more involved but more exciting. Here is where I like to help students really become algebra experts so they are better prepared for higher levels of math. In addition to their regular assignments, I like to give students supplemental problems that provide extra but fun challenges, so they can strengthen their problem-solving skills.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is a fun science that often requires specific calculations- this is where I can help. With my strong algebra and problem-solving skills, I am able to help students with both chemical calculations and lab reports. I can also help students understand some of the more abstract laws and theories of chemistry.

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Geometry

Geometry is one of the more fun topics within math, and one that I like to help students with in particular. With some basic geometry formulas, the students can solve almost any type of geometry problem. I believe it is my job as a tutor to help students learn which formulas to apply to solve problems. I also use a lot of drawings and solid model tools to help students visualize geometric shapes.

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Precalculus

This is a subject where I find it is really important to make sure students have a firm foundation in algebra and trigonometry, in order to get them ready for the challenges they will meet in Calculus. I work with students to make sure they are able to successfully handle the very heavy algebra that they encounter in this class. I often find it is necessary to give students supplemental algebra and trigonometry problems along with their coursework, so they do not fall behind when they begin Calculus...
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Trigonometry

This is a subject where I use a lot of algebra, drawings and visualizations to help students understand problems. Trigonometry is heavily dependent on visualization and geometry, and I make sure that this is addressed when helping students. There is also quite a bit of algebra involved with this subject, and I make sure that students have a good understanding of algebraic concepts, so they do not fall behind on topics such as inverses and trigonometric identities.

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