Dear potential students,
I have just graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Mathematics, and I want a job that fits my major. I am also studying to become an actuary. My first actuarial exam is about probability. Since I am focused on probability, I would make a good probability tutor. My second exam is about interest calculations and finance. The interest calculations are applications of Pre-Calculus, since they use exponential and logarithmic functions. Both the first and second exams use Calculus, and Calculus is used to assess random variable distributions and continuous probability distributions. Tutoring in math would be a good refresher for the fundamental concepts of the actuarial exams.
I was always a good math student. Math was the only subject that came relatively easy. I was so good at math that I participated in Mathcounts in middle school and Math Field Day in high school. I won recognition in those many times. I also did well in competitions related to math like science bowl and JETS. In high school, I won the grand prize runner-up at the regional science fair. I went to the International Science and Engineering Fair and presented a project on the mechanical advantage of elliptical boxes. I proved that pushing an elliptical box generates more mechanical advantage than pushing a rectangular box. In college, I did well in the hardest classes: Abstract Algebra II, Real Analysis, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Applied Probability and Statistics, and Calculus III. I completed two research projects when I was in college. The first one was on the Fermat Point. The Fermat Point is the most efficient location to put a power plant to power three or more cities. This would save the amount of power lines a power company would have to build. I got to speak about this project at WVU for research day. The second one was about tiling with dominoes, and it focused on combinatorics. It identified which regions could and could not be tiled with dominoes; it was like a puzzle.
I have helped a lot of my friends with math. I am helping Alex right now with his Algebra II work. I try to show him how to do various types of problems and see if he can do them on his own. His test scores are better if he does more work under my direction. His test scores get worse when he does less work. An important element of tutoring is convincing and motivating the student to do work. The tutor that can motivate a student to do the most work is the best one. It is the same idea with my own studying. I do better if I work more problems on my own and read the book. I also helped Justin with his Pre-Algebra work when I was in middle school. He gave me the good faith I have now in tutoring, and I taught him a little bit about solving equations. Sometimes, a student needs another perspective besides the teacherâ€™s. A teacher can only spend a little time with an individual, one-twentieth of the time, usually. A tutor is better at focusing on the individual and bringing about good results in them. I will try my best to produce good results in the individuals I work with. I have always wanted a job in math.
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Kevin's subjects
Trigonometry
I took trigonometry my sophomore year in high school and got an A in the subject. I still use it to this day. Calculus and geometry involve trigonometry. I did well on my trigonometry practice test too. I have some trigonometry books at home to use and study in case I would need to tutor it.
Probability
I took probability and statistics in high school, got an A, and passed the AP exam. I took an Applied Probability and Statistics course in college and got an A-. I am working with probability right now in preparing for the Probability exam of actuarial science. Probability will shape my future. I remember Bayes' rule, Venn diagrams, and Random Variable distributions. I saved my probability book from college.
ACT Math
I took the ACT four times when I was in high school. I got a 36 in the math section one of the times. The other scores were 33 or higher. I have done well in the hardest of math courses: abstract algebra II and real analysis. I have enough experience in math that I should know the answers to all the questions on the ACT math test, or atleast no where to find them.
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