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How did I get into tutoring after dreaming of hosting a nationally syndicated top 40 countdown? Good question! I planned to major in math in college. But I changed my mind half way through my major after discovering the radio station in my dorm! From then on, my focus turned to DJing on the air and at dance parties. I majored in communications to prepare for a career in radio. But it didn't grow nearly as fast as I wanted! I found my way into substitute teaching to earn extra money. I discovered being a DJ with a solid math background came in handy! It gave me a knack for connecting with kids on a personal level because we could talk about popular music and videos. It also enabled me to take math problems, reveal the big picture, and break down those problems into easy to understand pieces so kids could understand what's up!
I became a popular sub in three school districts and a private school around my Indiana college town. I moved to Seattle in the 90s and went back to school to earn a graduate degree and get teacher certification so I could teach in the public schools and prepare to be a school leader at some point! I worked for the Seattle district for several years, first as an elementary school instructional assistant, then secondary school mathematics teacher. So I have experience at the elementary, middle, and high school level, teaching reading, writing, and mathematics at the elementary level and teaching mathematics at the secondary level!
Algebra 1 transitions students from concrete thinking about numerical relationships to abstract thinking about numerical relationships. It does this by giving students number sense and problem solving strategies with expressions, integers, equations, inequalities, relations and functions, linear equations, polynomials, factoring, systems of equations, data analysis, and square roots.
Elementary mathematics should prepare students to transition from the concrete thinking of arithmetic to the abstract thinking of algebra and geometry. To do this, teachers should build a solid foundation of number sense and problem solving strategies based on the students' firm grasp of operations (+, -, x, /), numerical and geometric patterns, time, rounding, 12 month calendars, common fractions, decimal fractions, percents, and money.
Study skills involve the use of strategies that facilitate retention of information needed to learn subject matter in formal and informal learning environments. The goals are to excel in a class or on a test of some sort, or even complete a project. They are important for success in school and career and family and personal life.
Having taught in the public schools for several years, I am called upon to teach not just subject matter, but also study skills that optimize the learning of that subject matter. There have been a variety of study skills to teach, which involve organization of information, retention of information, and performance on tests (such as essays, exams, auditions, interviews, etc).
Most of these skills involve optimizing reading comprehension. They include summarizing, rote learning, critical thinking, mnemonics, visual cues, note taking, marking (underlining, highlighting, circling, etc) key parts of exam and essay question, and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review).
But some of these skills involve optimizing time management to complete tasks that need to be completed in order to make time for learning and to make learning possible. These skills involve assigning tasks that need to be completed low, medium, and high priority ratings so the student knows what's most to least important to address to get work done and facilitate learning.
Purdue University (Communications)
Seattle Pacific University (Master's)
Great tutor! — Victor is a great tutor to my son. He is patient and explains algebra problems in the easiest and simplified way for a person to understand. He also observes if the person is focused and confident. ...
Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00
Cancellation: 2 hours notice required
$30/hr with a complimentary 5 to 10 mins. for debriefing. I do not rush off after the 60th minute! $10 cancellation fee.
Victor will travel within 10 miles of Kent, WA 98042.
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