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California State University, Fullerton (Physics)
There is a general belief that math is a subject that you just "get." Some people have the brains for it, and some people don't. I believe that this is fundamentally untrue, and that anyone can master math skills as long as they are willing to put in the time and effort.
I had the worst time with math until algebra. After that, math made sense.
I've been a substitute teacher for the last decade. I enjoy the days I get to spend in math classes, and I love to see when a student finally "gets it." It's that one concept that the student has been struggling to understand. When the student finally understands it, math seems possible.
My goal is to help students “get it”. If that means explaining the same concept a few times, so be it. Many times, a student just wants someone around to tell them that they are doing the problems correctly.
I am available for extra help with math classes. I can also help a student get ahead. There is a general belief that math is a subject that you just "get." Some people have the brains for it, and some people don't. I believe that this is fundamentally untrue, and that anyone can master math skills as long as they are willing to put in the time and effort.
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Algebra has an undeserved reputation for being a difficult subject. I think it's just misunderstood.
I've always found algebra to be kind of like a puzzle. You're given an expression, and you have to twist it and turn it to get to the solution that you need. There are so many ways to get there, and it's a challenge to figure out how to make it all work.
I've always been strong in algebra. It makes sense to me. And what makes sense is taking each problem and figuring out step-by-step how to get to the answer. It's fun.
This is algebra with a bit of bite. The good news is you got this far. Many students get as far as algebra 1 or geometry and then give up. You can do this.
Algebra 2 takes what you learned in algebra 1 and pushes it to a place you didn't know it could go. It was in algebra 2 that I knew that I could go on to figure out calculus.
The problems get longer, but you end up having to do fewer of them. And you will impress those that didn't get this far. You can do this. I can help.
I know the struggles. Multiplication tables. Memorization. Rote learning.
This is one of those times when it seems like it's all repetition and boredom. The thing is, one needs the practice before one gets comfortable with the arithmetic. And a lot of time, all one needs is the encouragement to go on.
In elementary math, a student who is struggling is probably unsure of him/herself. It's important to let students know that they can get this, they can learn this. And of course, they need patience.
Geometry is about more than shapes. It's about how things fit together. It's about taking what you've been given and figuring out how to turn that into what you need to find.
When I took geometry, I was surprised to learn how much of it was about triangles. It's amazing how much you can do with such a simple shape.
Of all the math subjects, I am strongest in geometry. It always made sense to me. It's a very visual mathematics, so someone who struggled in algebra might find geometry to be much easier (and vice versa).
This is perhaps the most important math class there is. Since algebra is required to graduate from high school, the best way to get through it is to have the right preparation for it. Prealgebra is the best time to get that preparation.
There are so many little things that come up in prealgebra. It may seem like these are unimportant, but later in algebra, you'll find that these are the things that may trip you up.
The thing I love about prealgebra is that the basics of elementary math start to fall away. You start to see that specific numbers are less important. It's a great time.
Test-taking can be nerve-wracking. Sometimes it's not about what you know but rather about how well you do in pressure situations.
I've always found test-taking to be easy. Know that you know the information. And relax.
This is a good time to review what you already know. And remind yourself that you do already know what you know. I am a calming influence, and that is what I bring to this subject. I remind you that you do know what you're doing.
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