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Nancy L.

Pleasant Hill, CA

$40/hour

Math Tutor, 3rd to AP Calculus, including Statistics and SAT prep

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Background check passed as of 1/10/14
5.0 average from 380 ratings
Fun, positive instructor
— Kenna, Lafayette, CA on 6/1/15

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University of Miami, Florida
math
University of Miami, Florida
Master's

Education

University of Miami, Florida (math)

University of Miami, Florida (Master's)

About Nancy

I am a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida, achieving a B.S. and a M.S. degree, majoring in math. I teach all levels of math from third grade math to AP Calculus, including Statistics. I have been tutoring math to students of all ages one-one-one since the early 1990s.

My strength in teaching math is my ability to make abstract math understandable to students. After working with me, regular students of all ages or those who have different learning modalities will all find math easy. Confidence is an attitude that makes a world of difference in learning. I will change my students' attitude toward math positively and provide them with math skills, so thorough that they will feel confident in doing math independently and successfully. I guarantee that I can raise their math grades at school within a short period into tutoring.

I am enthusiastic, patient, and perseverance. I am compassionate about math teaching and I have a great rapport with my students. I live in Pleasant Hill. I will tutor students on weekdays or weekends, during after school hours through evenings by appointment.

I look forward to working with you!
I am a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida, achieving a B.S. and a M.S. degree, majoring in math. I teach all levels of math from third grade math to AP Read more

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Hourly rate: $40/hour No Shows: $40 unless cancellation has been confirmed by 24 hours prior to meeting time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Fun, positive instructor"

- Kenna, Lafayette, CA on 6/1/15

"My only regret is that we didn't have Nancy earlier in the semester."

- Cynthia, Pleasant Hill, CA on 1/21/16

"Patient, knowledgeable and kind"

- Nancy, Walnut Creek, CA on 1/6/16

"Experienced and Patient"

- Karla, Alamo, CA on 12/15/15

"Nancy is Awesome!!"

- Ashley, Moraga, CA on 10/16/15

"Great Tutor!!!"

- Vanessa, Concord, CA on 8/25/15

"Wonderful Tutor - Pre-Calculus"

- Sonal, Concord, CA on 6/19/15

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Kurtis, Pleasant Hill, CA on 6/5/15

"Fantastic tutor - Precalculus/Trig"

- Solange, San Ramon, CA on 3/19/15

"SUPER!"

- Jeanette, Pleasant Hill, CA on 10/17/13

"Great job"

- Edward, Pleasant Hill, CA on 9/29/13

"Impressive!"

- Alex, Pleasant Hill, CA on 9/16/13

"Nancy has done a great job!"

- Ivanna, Pittsburg, CA on 5/28/13

"Very dedicated and committed to my daughter’s success."

- Mey, Pittsburg, CA on 5/13/13

"Very Unprofessional/disrespectful"

- Mary, Alamo, CA on 4/10/13
Nancy replied on 4/13/2013

In response to your feedback: To date, I do not have any records that show any of your outstanding lessons with me in the last three months and my WyzAnt records can certainly support me on this claim. Furthermore, you never told me that your son had a surgery. He appeared to be in good health each time I tutored him.

There are four reasons why I hesitate to tutor your students:

1. I cannot believe that a nice person like you could write such an adverse student-feedback on my WyzAnt profile. You considered only your inconvenience without remembering all the good, kind, and gracious tutoring sessions that I have provided for your students in the last three months.

On the day you posted your feedback, you randomly chose one completed lesson with me on your list, that occurred two months ago, and attached a one-star rating to it. If I was incompetent as you had claimed, why did you ask me back to tutor your students for four more lessons after that one-star rated lesson? Thus, your one-star rating for one out of eight lessons was random, irrational, and inconsiderate. All along, your students have been very happy to see me in each lesson and worked with me diligently at all times.

2. It has been a hassle for us to schedule tutoring sessions for your son for the last three months, especially during the last two weeks when you repeatedly tried to schedule last minute emergency lessons via emails plus phone calls. Your 7 emails, sent to me within eight days, were 3/31 at 10:44:02 pm, 4/2 at 12:01:21 am, 4/2 at 8:49:31 am, 4/4 at 1:47:22 pm, 4/4 at 7:40:50 pm, 4/8 at12:01:01 am, and 4/8 at 11:10:08 am eastern time, saved in my WyzAnt inbox, not counting the phone calls you made within these days, were all inquiries of this nature. You knew that I was not available on the days that you requested this week ever since I first tutored your students, yet you insisted on having lessons with me. Your excessive inquiries in this week frustrated me because I indeed have no time in my schedule to tutor your students this week. We tried many options of time but nothing worked well for your son because of his excessive late afternoon sports activities. I have been patient in working out details of scheduling with you all along, putting your students' best interests before mine.

3. A few days ago I received an email from WyzAnt office, asking me not to tutor your students until further notice because your account was not current. This email was the secondary factor that affected my will to tutor your students. I fear that I will not get paid for my work.

4. I have to find it out the hard way that you do not have safe parking areas inside or outside of your estate. Your electronically controlled gates almost closed in on my brand new car on my way out of your estate one night. This unsafe incident was the major reason why I declined tutoring your students thereafter. There is no safe parking area outside of your gates either. Many days I had to park in a dirt area very close to 5-foot hedges in front of your neighbor's house. If I parked on the street away from the dirt area, my car would block oncoming cars from going through your street.

In conclusion, I must ask my readers: What tutors would like to work with parents who repeatedly make last minute calls for emergency lessons via emails plus phone calls knowing that the tutor in contact is not available on the requested day, who are harsh evaluators, who are irresponsible in keeping their WyzAnt accounts current, and who have high degree of unsafe parking areas around their residences? I'll let my readers judge on the validity of my arguments presented here. I have always been an outstanding math tutor and this truth will always prevail!

"Awesome!"

- Kelly, Pleasant Hill, CA on 11/16/12

"Excellent Tutor"

- Blayne, Martinez, CA on 9/4/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, Bar Exam,
CBEST,
SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Algebra 1

Core concepts in Alg 1 are solving linear equations & inequalities, simplifying exponents, performing basic operations involving polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, writing equations of lines, solving systems of linear equations in two variables, solving radical equations, and solving word problems.

Algebra I is one of the most important math classes in high school because it is the foundation for higher math. Practice makes perfect. Being a math tutor for more than 20 years, I am committed to taking the important responsibility of providing my students with extra practice, guidance, and personal encouragement. I also nurture my students' self-confidence. With support, my students will be kept interested in learning Algebra I concepts and excel in this class.

Algebra 2

Beyond a thorough review on basic Algebra I concepts at the beginning of the an Alg II textbook, core Algebra II curriculum includes basic operations with Matrices: ±, scalar products, products, & inverses; graphing families of functions; polynomials: synthetic division for polynomials; rational roots for polynomials in second degree and higher; the binomials Theorem; system of 2 by 2 or 3 by 3 linear equations via matrix; basic operations with complex numbers; composite & inverse functions; exponential and log functions; conics; sequences & series; periodic functions and trigonometry.

This is a long list of math skills, where many skills are seen for the first time by the students; however, practice makes perfect. Being a math tutor for more than 20 years, I am committed in taking the important responsibility of providing my students with extra practice, guidance, and personal encouragement. I also nurture my students' self-confidence. With support, my student(s) will be kept interested in learning algebra I concepts and excel in this class.

Bar Exam

Contents of CBEST include: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and formulas. Actually problems in the "formulas" category are formuas taken from the previous three categories. Problems from the "algebra" category are taken only from algebra 1. So there are actually three categories in CBEST.

In light of the above categories, CBEST is less complicated than SAT tests because SAT requires more than CBEST. The latter has problems taken from algebra 2 and some introductory trigonometry, which are subjects beyond algebra 1.

CBEST

Contents of CBEST include: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and formulas. Actually problems in the "formulas" category are formulas taken from the previous three categories. Problems from the "algebra" category are taken only from algebra 1. So there are actually three categories in CBEST.

In light of the above categories, CBEST is less complicated than SAT tests because SAT requires more than CBEST. The latter has problems taken from algebra 2 and some introductory trigonometry, which are subjects beyond algebra 1. Since I am certified for tutoring SAT at WyzAnt, I should be certified for tutoring CBEST as well.

Elementary Math

Math Facts, Basic Operations with Decimals, Fractions, and Percent are basic requirements in middle school math. Measurement, Geometric Facts such as terminologies, area, perimeter, & volume of geometric figures, Probability & Data Analysis/Graphs in Statistics, integers, and an introduction to Elementary Algebra are all important subjects in middle school math as well. Fractions must be mastered prior to Algebra One because there usually has no time in the secondary math curriculum to review fractions thoroughly. Secondary math students often forget how to do fractions. Their vague memory of fractions often prevents them from getting an A in a math class because somehow fractions are used at one time or another.

Success in secondary math depends on its foundation, elementary and middle school math. As an middle school math tutor, I assist students in their mastery of the basic skills, especially in fractions. Once this foundation is firmly laid, secondary math will be easy for them later.

Geometry

Core concepts in Geometry are deductive reasoning, concepts related to parallel lines, proving congruent & similar triangles, theorems on right triangles & circles, and calculating perimeters, areas, and volumes of geometric figures.

Geometry provides abundant opportunities for students to reason mathematically. It teaches students thinking, communicating, and problem solving skills. Applying axioms, postulates, and theorems in solving problems are practices that help students to become independent learners. In Geometry, the more theorems are stored in the students' repertoire, the easier is the course.

Being a math tutor for more than 20 years, I am committed to taking the important responsibility of providing my students with extra practice, guidance, and personal encouragement. I also nurture my students' self-confidence. With support, my student(s) will be kept interested in learning Geometry concepts and excel in this class.

Precalculus

Core concepts in Pre-Calculus include algebra in the coordinate plane, system of equations, roots of polynomials, functions & their inverses such as polynomials & rational functions, exponential & log functions, and an introduction to trigonometry, with some variations among different Pre-Calculus textbooks. It also includes a review of major topics in Algebra II in the beginning chapters.

My strength in tutoring math is two folded. One the one hand, I can put abstract math simple enough for all students to comprehend and on the other hand, I have the methodology to help students, who lack pre-requisites to a math class, to understand on level math concepts.

Being a math tutor for more than 20 years, I am committed to taking the important responsibility of providing my students with extra practice, guidance, and personal encouragement. I also nurture my students' self-confidence. With support, my students will be kept interested in learning Pre-Calculus concepts and excel in this class.

SAT Math

Content of SAT is taken from three math classes: Basic Math, Alg I, and Geometry, with problems that are more sophisticated than those in the textbooks. The key to scoring high on SAT is to have a thorough understanding of Basic Math, Alg I, Geometry, and apply the student's knowledge to SAT. Quick reviews on the above classes can also refresh the student's memory on math topics covered on SAT and help the student to score high on SAT. Knowing the format of the test is a plus to the mastery.

University of Miami, Florida
math
University of Miami, Florida
Master's

Education

University of Miami, Florida (math)

University of Miami, Florida (Master's)

Fun, positive instructor — Nancy was clearly knowledgeable about the topics my daughter needed help on and had many different ways to solve problems. She presented solutions clearly in a way that allowed my daughter to become more confident with the material before her final. We would call upon Nancy again! ...

— Kenna, Lafayette, CA on 6/1/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Hourly rate: $40/hour No Shows: $40 unless cancellation has been confirmed by 24 hours prior to meeting time.

Travel policy

Nancy will travel within 10 miles of Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.