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Here are four reasons you should hire me to improve your understanding of physics or math:
1. I have a current Professional License for teaching Physics and Middle School Mathematics and Science, with 16 years of experience teaching science in grades 9-12. That included a new course I designed with a math teacher that combined physics with pre-calculus, counting as two courses, meeting in back-to-back periods every day.
2. I was a physics major at Cornell.
3. After earning my masters degree in education, I took another 7 courses in Applied Mathematics, mostly in probability and statistics.
4. I am patient, with a good sense of humor.
The first ACT challenge is the English section. Improving passages with grammatical errors, problems with sentence structure, usage issues, or improper punctuation is a skill that can be mastered with practice. Slightly more difficult is the analysis of overall essay structure and rhetorical style.
My tutoring for this portion of the ACT would progress from the mechanical skills to the style choices, culminating in practice writing essays.
The Math section of the ACT tends to be straightforward (compared to the SAT). Mastery of basic concepts from pre-algebra through geometry is what is required for success, although there will be a few questions from introductory trigonometry thrown in.
My approach to tutoring for the Math section consists of working through practice test questions, stopping to correct misconceptions and re-teach basic concepts as needed. I also teach techniques for wrong answer elimination to improve results even when unable to work out the exact solution.
The Reading section of the ACT is a challenge because of the time pressure. With less than a minute per question, students who are not rapid readers need a solid strategy for efficient use of their time.
My instruction for this portion of the test emphasizes how to identify the critical words, and then how to go back and forth from the questions to the passage to focus on the relevant details and block out those which are merely distractions.
It is important to realize that this portion of the ACT is Science REASONING. That means it is not a regurgitation of facts from your science courses. Cramming will not help.
The Science Reasoning test is very much like the Reading test with scientific topics. The specialized skills for achieving success include interpretation of graphs and illustrations; following description of experimental procedures and analyzing the results; and comparing conflicting theories.
As an experienced science teacher, these skills are the ones I have instilled in my students for many years.
The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test has the same format and content as a combination of the ASVAB and ACT, with some extra material depending on spatial relations skills. The sections on instrument comprehension and table reading are just specialized versions of skills we test in science subjects. The only truly unique section is the one on aviation technical facts, most of which are familiar to a physics specialist like myself.
My experience tutoring ASVAB and SAT, my certification in ACT, and my scientific background combine to enable me to tutor the AFOQT successfully. I also was a physics major at Cornell and have a master's degree in education.
Introductory Algebra is the most important math course most secondary students will take. Not only does it lay the foundation for more advanced courses, it also teaches the student how to take real-life problems and translate them into the language of mathematics where they can be solved by some simple manipulations.
I tutor all secondary level math subjects, and always seem to have one or two that are in Algebra 1.
Algebra 2 is one of the subjects I've been tutoring in this year, twice a week since October. There are some areas that students tend to find difficult, such as matrices, where this may be their first exposure. Other areas are slight expansions over the Algebra 1 material. Usually, the syllabus also includes logarithms and some trigonometry, and I'm very comfortable explaining these more advanced topics.
Astronomy is naturally attractive to those who have a curiosity about the universe. Sometimes, the actual course content provides more of a challenge than anticipated. Having experienced introductory astronomy personally during my undergraduate years at Cornell, and having taught many of its ideas in my physics courses over the years, I can help high school or college students succeed in it.
The content of a beginning astronomy course usually concentrates on our solar system and its components, pretty straightforward material. Often it includes a fair amount on the history of astronomy, and I am very familiar with this because of its close relationship to physics (e.g., Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation, which explains virtually everything you need to know about orbits). Other astronomy topics that are very much a part of physics include the behavior of light, spectrometry, and how telescopes work. Usually, a good mathematical background through algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is expected. These are also subjects that I tutor, so I am very able to help students through this aspect of their astronomy course.
My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Like other standardized tests, it covers math, English, science (with a little extra practical assessment of shop, electronic, automotive, and mechanical assembly thrown in), and language skills. I have been successful in all those subjects and have experience tutoring them.
Because it consists exclusively of multiple-choice questions, scores on ASVAB can be raised by developing good test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
As a physics specialist, calculus has been the "tool of the trade" most often used. This past year, I had as many students getting help in calculus as in physics.
Calculus can be studied at many different levels. Thorough understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of this powerful tool can be left to the math majors. Those who ask for help in a calculus course are most often taking it as a requirement for a technical field. Here, the practical application of derivatives and integrals are what is important. I am very experienced in helping students apply the basic principles of calculus to real-life problems.
I worked with a couple of chemistry students this past year. The key to my success was my expertise in physics and math. The behavior of atoms and molecules follows the laws of physics, and the discipline of chemistry relies on the use of algebra, in the balancing of equations, calculations of solubility, and determinations of molarity and molality. These are the areas that are stumbling blocks to many students, but my experience allows me to guide them through these challenges.
I was a physics major at Cornell. "Discrete math" is less well defined as a subject than algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus. The emphasis of a school's particular course will vary according to the program(s) for which it is required. At the introductory level, it might be called "finite" math and include topics important for business majors, such as probability, linear programming (optimization), and matrices. Higher level courses might deal with information theory, logic, graph theory, and operations research. Before taking on a discrete math student, I need to get some idea of what level they are studying. So long as it isn't an upper level college course such as set theory or topology, I can put together a suitable tutoring agenda.
Today, the study of economics depends highly on math skills: graphing, functional relationships, and statistics. My expertise in mathematics and my extensive experience tutoring it contribute to my ability to help economics students. In addition, my liberal arts college education included courses in both micro- and macro-economics.
A description of "elementary math" is difficult; K-6 covers a lot of learning. However, we can pick a point in time and see how your child is progressing relative to the norms set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For instance, by the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to:
• Write and interpret numerical expressions.
• Analyze patterns and relationships.
• Understand the place value system.
• Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
• Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.
• Gain familiarity with concepts of positive and negative integers.
• Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
• Represent and interpret data.
• Geometric measurement: Understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.
• Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
• Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
For a series of tutoring sessions, I assess where the child is in mathematical skill and understanding relative to grade level expectations, then focus on the weaker areas for subsequent meetings. The teaching mode is one-on-one, and assessment continues each lesson so that your child makes progress each week.
A description of "elementary science" is difficult; K-6 covers a lot of learning. However, we can pick a point in time and see how your child is progressing relative to the norms set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For instance, by the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to:
• Ask questions and make predictions that can be tested.
• Select and use appropriate tools and technology (e.g., calculators, computers, balances, scales, meter sticks, graduated cylinders) in order to extend observations.
• Keep accurate records while conducting simple investigations or experiments.
• Conduct multiple trials to test a prediction. Compare the result of an investigation or experiment with the prediction.
• Recognize simple patterns in data and use data to create a reasonable explanation for the results of an investigation or experiment.
• Record data and communicate findings to others using graphs, charts, maps, models, and oral and written reports.
For a series of tutoring sessions, I assess where the child is in science understanding relative to grade level expectations, then focus on the weaker areas for subsequent meetings. The teaching mode is one-on-one, and assessment continues each lesson so that your child makes progress each week.
Since 1942, GED has been an important component of American education, giving those who were not able to complete high school as teenagers a chance to catch up and "level the field" of opportunity in the competition for jobs or college admissions. I welcome the opportunity to help them persevere through the preparation for this extensive battery of tests. One-on-one tutoring sessions with me will improve the chances of passing all five subtests: writing, social studies, science, reading, and math.
Geography is not the easiest discipline to define. However, the currently accepted standards include:
The World in Spatial Terms
1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information.
2. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments.
3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.
Places and Regions
4. The physical and human characteristics of places.
5. That people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
6. How culture and experience influence people's perception of places and regions.
7. The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.
8. The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface.
9. The characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth's surface.
10. The characteristics, distributions, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.
11. The patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface.
12. The process, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
13. How forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface.
Environment and Society
14. How human actions modify the physical environment.
15. How physical systems affect human systems.
16. The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.
The Uses of Geography
17. How to apply geography to interpret the past.
18. To apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.
With topics so varied, my tutoring approach is highly individualized. Especially for someone who enjoys travel, geography is inherently interesting, and I try to find ways to keep the fun in it.
Most students find geometry to be more abstract and challenging than algebra. While the outcomes may be easily understood for someone with a good sense of spatial relationships, formulating a proof requires careful discipline not previously expected. With my patience and experience, I can help students learn how to lay out a valid path of logical deduction as well as apply the theorem results to solve problems.
The Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT) had a major change last year. For the first time, there is a section on Integrated Reasoning, designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in multiple formats from multiple sources.
The other sections (quantitative, verbal, analytical writing) are very similar to the SAT and GRE. I focus not only on the essential reading, quantitative, and writing skills, but also coach you on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
My broad academic background and my exceptional performance on national standardized tests have prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance.
My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) two years ago. For each grade level, the standard states that the student is expected to "Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking." Of course, the specifics vary by grade level.
I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance his/her grammar skills.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) was completely overhauled recently. The biggest changes were to the verbal reasoning section.
The GRE is very similar to the SAT but with two essays instead of one in the Analytical Writing section, and more variety of question formats in the rest. I focus not only on the essential reading, quantitative, and writing skills, but also coach you on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
My broad academic background and my exceptional performance on national standardized tests, including the GRE, have prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance.
During my 24 years in the private sector, database work was my specialty. Whatever product was used to store the data (for example Oracle), Access was my preferred tool for quickly generating queries, performing data maintenance, and creating simple reports.
Access has also been an important application for home and volunteer activities. For a decade I have kept all my contact records in a small database. More recently, I created a database to house information concerning all media in our house (books, CDs, DVDs, etc). This has been normalized into 10 tables, broken out to support efficient cross-referencing of creators (authors, actors, directors, singers, etc), publishers, titles, genres, and dates.
For my church, I co-designed and implemented an Access database to automate our annual silent auction. Currently, this contains 7 tables, 41 queries, 5 data entry forms, 27 reports, and 3 macros. The application holds all the information about the auction items and the bidders. Most importantly, it records the silent bids as they are turned in, then processes that data and organizes the output into bidder invoices that are available within 10 minutes after the close of bidding.
Since Microsoft Office is such a widely used application suite, Excel is the most widely used spreadsheet application. Most office workers and students are expected to know the basics.
My knowledge of Excel comes from over 20 years using it in the Information Technology field, first as a programmer and then as a manager. I used it on a daily basis to perform sophisticated calculations, analyze data trends, and produce informative graphs. I am eager to share this experience with beginning to intermediate users.
Since Microsoft Office is such a widely used application suite, PowerPoint is the most widely used introductory presentation application. Many office workers and most students are expected to know the basics.
My knowledge of PowerPoint comes from over 15 years using it in the Information Technology field as a group manager and a tech support manager. I worked with the program regularly to create slides for use when running meetings or when reporting to upper management.
Since Microsoft Office is such a widely used application suite, Word is the most widely used word processing application. Most office workers and students are expected to know the basics.
My knowledge of Word comes from over 20 years using it in the Information Technology field, first as a programmer and then as a manager. I used it on a daily basis to prepare memos, technical documentation, and reports. I am eager to share this experience with beginning to intermediate users.
As a physics specialist, Physical Science comes easy. In addition, I have recent direct experience teaching Physical Science in public schools. I successfully completed long-term substitute assignments at the 8th grade level (8 weeks, Wilmington Middle) and 9th grade level (15 weeks, Andover High).
As you can see from my profile, physics is my specialty. In the last year, I have tutored several physics students at both the high school and college level.
Algebra goes down much easier if there's a solid prealgebra foundation in graphing, ratios, and exponents. Also important to be developed is the ability to read a word problem and translate it into mathematical terms. I take each student, young or old, where they are, and work with them until they are ready for the formality of an algebra course.
A high school precalculus course typically contains a wide variety of topics, more so than calculus itself, which takes a narrower set of ideas to greater depth and application. With my experience and WyzAnt certifications including all secondary math subjects, I am able to help make the more esoteric topics understandable: operations on complex numbers; exponential, logistic, and logarithmic functions, and analytic trigonometry. Some accelerated courses also cover matrix algebra, analytic geometry, as well as discrete mathematics (probability and statistics, sequences, and infinite series), all of which I can help you through. Five of my tutoring students this past year have been for precalculus, so I am aware of all the pitfalls and trouble spots.
Probability as a mathematical discipline has a lot of interesting and practical applications, and it forms a foundation for the study of statistics. My experience with probability includes several graduate-level courses in that area.
My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the PSAT. Like the SAT exam, it covers writing, math, and reading comprehension skills. My tutoring strategy for PSAT utilizes published practice test guides.
Because of heavy dependence on multiple-choice questions, high scores on the PSAT are correlated with advanced test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores. The overwhelming majority of my tutoring students are getting help with their math, so it is my particular strength for standardized test preparation.
SAT remains the most widely accepted standardized test for college admissions. Having existed for many decades, it is well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores.
The SAT Writing section requires a more complex approach than the other two parts, because it is not exclusively multiple choice. To write the first draft of an essay requires the student to integrate the skills of language usage, clarity, concept development, and logical presentation of ideas, after creating a point of view in response to the prompt.
Aside from writing the draft, however, the rest of the Writing section (identifying sentence errors, correcting faulty sentences, and improving paragraphs) is given in the multiple choice format. Having existed for many decades, these parts are well understood, and excellent study materials are available. I use those materials, along with my personal savvy about test-taking, to help improve students' scores.
Spelling is normally addressed as a separate ELA topic only in the primary grades. My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) two years ago. The specifics vary by grade level. For instance, third graders concentrate on the following skills:
• Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
• Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
• Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance those skills.
While working in Information Technology, one of the skills I applied on a regular basis was the analysis and adjustment of SQL queries. Databases were my specialty, so I'm able to help troubleshoot SQL statements that just do not produce the expected results.
My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the SSAT. Like the SAT exam, it covers writing, math, and reading comprehension skills. However, the verbal section includes synonyms and analogies that are no longer used as part of the SAT, but with which I am very familiar from earlier versions. My tutoring strategy for SSAT utilizes published practice test guides.
Because of heavy dependence on multiple-choice questions (except the writing sample, of course), high scores on SSAT are correlated with advanced test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
Mastery of basic statistics is a common need for work in both the natural and social sciences. In the last year, I have tutored three undergrads and two graduate students needing help with this core requirement.
My broad academic background prepared me well to provide tutoring assistance for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Like the ACT exam, it covers math, English, science, and language skills. I have been successful in all those subjects and have experience tutoring them.
Because it consists exclusively of multiple-choice questions, high scores on TEAS are particularly correlated with advanced test-taking skills. An experienced tutor not only focuses the student on the most important facts and concepts, but also provides coaching on how to allocate your time during the test, how to analyze the structure of a question to gain insight into the probable answer, and how to improve your odds of guessing correctly.
Although TOEFL has some of the features of other standardized tests (reading and writing), the listening and speaking portions are unique and require a different type of preparation. Fortunately, the test has become so widespread that a lot of materials have been developed (some of them FREE) to help. My tutoring approach is to utilize as many of these as possible and to coach a LOT of practice sessions.
Although not emphasized in mathematics curricula as it used to be, trigonometry is one of the most useful subjects. For instance, it can be used for figuring unknown distances to inaccessible places.
Having taught physics for years, trigonometry has been a part of many of the activities. It is just one of the many secondary level math courses that I currently tutor.
My approach to this subject is guided by the Common Core standard adopted by most states (including all of New England) two years ago. In general, the vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases and their relationships. Of course, the specifics vary by grade level. For instance, eighth graders concentrate on the following skills:
• L.8.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
- Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
- Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
- Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
- Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
• L.8.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
- Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
- Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words.
- Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
• L.8.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
I utilize the materials from the student's class to advance those skills.
My secondary educational experience was traditional, which provided a thorough understanding of proper grammar, sentence structure, paragraph composition, and essay architecture. In college and beyond, the focus is more on effectiveness: knowing your audience and tailoring the style to achieve the desired effect. With 6 decades of varied writing experience, I can teach the best style that will work for each purpose: persuasive, technical, narrative, etc.
Fantastic! — Bob helped me through my entire junior year with Physics Lecture and Physics Lab. My professors were difficult to understand, so he essentially is the one who taught and guided me through two semesters of Physics. He was fantastic to work with! He had a flexible schedule and worked with me to meet at least once a week. He was always very respectful of my ideas and experience as a student, and was ...
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