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WHAT I AM:
College-educated with a Master's degree in Education and Communications Technology (commonly referred to as "Instructional Design") and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Math. While earning my Master's, the department faculty selected me for induction to Phi Kappa Phi National Academic Honor Society. I have worked professionally in the technology and instructional technology fields for both Fortune 500 companies and startups. I consider myself to be a scholar-for-life and lover of sharing knowledge and improving skills. I especially enjoy sharing what I know and helping others who want to improve their knowledge or performance.
WHAT I AM NOT:
A "certified teacher" in any subject or capacity. My education is in technology and its related sciences. But I also love writing, music, and film, and enjoy those pursuits with a scholarly approach. As a tutor, I cannot be your motivator to learning. You have to WANT to improve. Otherwise, we would just be wasting our time. That may seem a little harsh, but it's true, and an important point for us to agree upon. I also don't believe in collaborative homework. Sometimes parents and/or students feel like tutoring is the only way to get the student to do her or his homework. I don't subscribe to that belief. Tutoring is for learning the concepts, information, and/or procedures that are needed to perform the subject matter. So I will explain things in different ways as needed to clarify the topic(s), ask you questions to ensure you achieved an understanding of it, and go over examples to help reinforce the content. But homework is vital for YOU to express or practice applying what you learned, and demonstrate that to your teacher.
Algebra forms the foundation of higher math. All high school math classes build upon the principles from algebra. Therefore, it is very important to not just be able to work the problems, but really UNDERSTAND the ideas, and develop a new way of thinking. It is difficult at times for most of us. But as is the case in all pursuits, sincere effort and time will facilitate this transition.
For two years I worked at a children's education web site, working closely with education experts to develop content for K-6 students in Math, Science, and Language Arts. Our site content received praise from many educational and teachers organizations. My education background is exceptional, with an honors Computer Science degree from University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Education and Communications Technology from Indiana University of PA.
I would embrace the opportunity to tutor Elementary Math to your child, to ensure her or his comfort level and proficiency for later math courses in academics.
I can help you to improve your conversational English-speaking skills, for both formal and informal settings. I can also assist you with writing in English for your academics. Since I do not speak any foreign languages, we must be able to communicate in English to refine your language skills.
Grammar sets the rules by which we communicate to each other. While it has become fashionable to disregard many or most of these rules in casual electronic dialogue, I can say with first-hand experience, the professional world judges ALL by their ability to effectively communicate. Regardless of the domain or field, this is one measuring stick you can not escape.
As the bridge between arithmetic and "real" math, Pre-algebra will introduce you to new ideas and concepts. While it may be intimidating at the beginning, we can work together to ensure you are comfortable with one topic before moving onto the next.
In addition to my WyzAnt writing and grammar certifications, I also obtained reading certification. All of these language skills are required for effective communication. And communication is the one and only component that is critical for ANY endeavor we wish to pursue beyond ourselves.
I received very high compliments from my graduate professors for the quality of my writing. While my background is very technical, I have always loved the power of effective communication. Words, no, the RIGHT words are the heart and soul of dialogue. As my 12th grade English teacher taught us:
"The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
- Mark Train, in a letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
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