One of the highest impact things I can do as a teacher, tutor, mentor or dad is help people "learn how to learn". Learning specific math, science, English or other skills are great, but learning how to learn not only enables a student to perform better in school, but enables the student to learn anything. I didn't really understand how to learn until getting out of college and working as... read more
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I have been working with a few students who are ready to learn math much, MUCH faster than allowed by the traditional classroom model in which math is taught over 6 to 8 years. Based on this experience I believe that many students as young as 4th grade and as old as 8th grade (when starting in the program) can master math in 2 years from simple addition through the first semester of Calculus,... read more
Over the summer I worked with a High School senior that wanted to join the Marines. We focused on increasing his score in each of the four core tests. I began by diagnosing his strengths and weaknesses and we developed a plan to substantially increase his score. I assigned an aggressive amount of work for the student to complete on his own and met periodically to review progress and "target... read more
After seeing yet another student use paper and pen to figure out what the product of 10 and another number is I knew it was time to develop training to help students work out more math in their head, or "Mental Math". I have developed a two session training product that introduces students to the benefits and advantages of Mental Math, specific techniques for what I consider to be the fundamental... read more
I just finished working with a freshman college student home from school after her first semester in a university engineering program. The student took Calculus in the fall and did not do as well as she would have liked, even though she had AP Calculus in High School. In a three week period I worked with her to identify her Calculus strengths, weaknesses and gaps. I then developed a customer... read more
I worked with an international student to increase her GMAT score enough to gain acceptance to the Business School of her choice. Our collaborative approach to increasing her score included proprietary approaches and techniques I developed in my own preparation for taking the GMAT in which I scored a 720, even though I had been out of school for more than 15 years.
I worked with a high school graduate to increase her core ASVAB score by 25% in six weeks. The improved score enabled her to swear into the Navy AND have a choice of more than 20 positions. My approach was to work collaboratively with the student and to take into account the way of preparing that worked best for her.
I worked with a graduate student to turnaround a failing grade to a B- by training the student in the use of Excel to graph Applied Behavioral Analysis data into graphs and following the guidelines and standards required by a leading Journal in the field.