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Darrell L.

Math Tutor/GED preparation

Black Diamond, WA (98010)

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I have a state certification for Information Technology (IT). I have Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification which is the premier Microsoft desktop certification, a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills. Microsoft's certifications include all areas of information technology to include desktop support, database, topic focus, systems administration, internet, security, development and engineer level. I earned these certifications in 2 years at Peninsula College. I am skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Although I do not have any tutoring experience of these programs, I could easily teach someone all elements of these programs.

My tutoring experience is Math/GED preparation . I worked for a Pierce College educational department. I have, in 1 year (2009) successfully helped over 30 students to pass the math portion of their GED tests. My teaching instructors whom I worked for said I have a very natural ability to teach. They also said I make math fun which in turn makes it easier for students to learn. Math is usually taught as a right and wrong subject and getting the right answer is paramount. Unlike most subjects, there is almost always a right answer. Additionally, it is often taught as if there is a right way to solve the problem and any other approaches are wrong, even if they get the right answer. When learning, understanding the concepts is vital. It has long been well established that anyone can learn any area of mathematics, given a desire to learn, a coherent presentation of the information, and adequate practice.
I have an excellent ability to break down concepts into understandable components. I understand math can be very difficult and frustrating for some students. That's OK, I enjoy the challenge and the satisfaction of students actually learning the concepts. My ability to assess my students skill level is extremely important. Effective assessment is based on clarifying what students should know, creating appropriate activities to obtain the evidence needed, giving good feedback, encouraging students to take control of their learning .

In my personal experience, math is an everyday fundamental, it is required at many levels of life and not just at the higher academic levels of schooling. Sewing requires measuring and estimating. Carpentry requires measuring, multiplication, estimating, and geometry. Shopping requires estimating to ensure that you can afford what you are spending and that the bill is correct. Household budgets, selecting a loan, comparing savings and investments require understanding percentages. Plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians need to understand volumes, capacities, and flow rates. Medicine, including veterinary, requires strong science capabilities which in turn require strong math capabilities.

One 1993 estimate is “that starting salaries go up $2,000 per year for every mathematics course taken after the ninth grade. Many high school students do not know what their college major will be in and even if they do, it will likely change as they learn the realities and the possibilities of these fields, will require strong math capabilities. Architecture, business and finance, economics, engineering (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental), science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics) and computer science require strong math skills.

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Darrell’s subjects

Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Darrell will travel within 40 miles of Black Diamond, WA 98010.

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