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Volgograd Academy of architecture and civil engineering, Volgograd, Russia (Civil engineering)
San Diego State University (Master's)
My name s Yelena. I can tutor you or your child in various areas of math from elementary to Calculus. I love what I do and am very good at it. I have a MS degree from San Diego State University in Civil and Environmental Engineering and valid California Emergency Teaching Credentials. Previously, I have coached a math competition team in a middle school and also taught pre-algebra at a private school. I have worked and am working with many elementary/ middle/ high school students, as well as adults. I enjoy working with students of all abilities and helping them achieve a better understanding of both, the subjects and their applications.
My name s Yelena. I can tutor you or your child in various areas of math from elementary to Calculus. I love what I do and am very good at it. I have a MS degree from San Diego State University in Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Yelena is a very experienced and hard-working tutor. She is true to her profession and visibly enjoys helping children to understand and love mathematics. Yelena assessed our child’s needs very thoroughly. Yelena did not invent problems and needs in order to get more tutoring hours but rather thoughtfully assessed our child’s high and low areas. She patiently approaches every problem our child faces and reassures her in her success. As parents, we have timely updates on our child’s progress. Yelena is always on time and ready to help. Her soft voice and patient manners will calm any anxious child.
I believe that Yelena has a systemic approach to math and teaches mathematics as intertwined concepts instead of how to mindlessly repeat several steps. Your child will understand the subject on a new and much higher level. I am a very demanding parent and it is not easy to find a teacher whom I would consider a great professional. I hold teachers to a very high standard and it is not easy to satisfy my demands. Yelena has exceeded all my expectations. If you wish that your child enjoys the process of studying again, consider Yelena as your tutor. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
Yelena continues to do great work with my nieces. I hear from their mother that both girls are improving in their fundamentals, and moving their math education forward. I'm thrilled to know they are making gains in math, which I understand had been a struggle til now.
Updated six months in: my nieces continue to improve their math skills. One very nearly decided to advance to the next year's course this year. The other has a learning disability, but she is also making gains in what she understands and can do, with lots of patient help and practice.
Yelena has had 3 sessions with my daughter and I am already starting to see the change in how my daughter approaches her pre-calculus homework. Yelena has a lot of patience and encourages her while showing her how to breakdown the problems. I highly recommend her.
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Yelena has a lot of patience and is clear and concise when explaining. I am very happy with her rapport with my granddaughter.
Yelena is working with me on a very difficult subject... math. She is patient and she "gets it" --what is needed to teach and and how.
Today, (09/03/2013), I showed good signs of learning past my decades of error. Yelena is teaching me, not showing me, how to do math correctly. The difference is this is working. I of course need to do my home work and have the commitment to follow through. This is no easy task, but WyzAnt strikes again another good tutor.
My daughter feels much more confidence after her lesson and it has helped her also feel more confident on her other subjects as well.
Thank you, Beth, for your nice review. I do hope that she will find that inner confidence that she needs to succeed. She is a joy to work with.
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Algebra 1 can be quite tricky for many students. It is so very different from the math they are used to up to this point. But that is also what makes it such a great subject to teach. My favorite part of tutoring students in math and specifically in algebra is seeing that little light in their eyes that announces: "I get it now!"
Algebra 2 can be increasingly and sometimes frustratingly more difficult that Algebra 1. Even the students that breezed through Algebra 1 can get stumbled in Algebra 2 concepts just because there are so many things that have to come together in their brains before they can master it. I enjoy the challenge of "getting all their ducks in the row" so to speak, so that they can then proceed to glide through the concepts rather than stumble and get frustrated.
I love math. I love it's perfect logic. I love that it does not allow for any loose ends. I especially love that math is used in every day things, be it carpentry or engineering, cooking or sewing, playing strategy games or building legos. But most of all I love seeing children's faces light up with understanding that math is not some useless and boring "thing" they have to endure, but a useful tool that they can use any time they want to.
Geometry is a breeze for some students and a headache for others. Just because you did great in algebra, does not at all guarantee that will do well in geometry. True, you still use concepts you learned in algebra, but there is so much new terminology to learn and things to visualize. And then there are those pesky proofs! But here is the good news: geometry is not as scary as it sounds. With a little extra reinforcement and review it can be very manageable and even fun!
I have taught prealgebra in a classroom and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the point when the kids can really start sinking their teeth into some pretty complex math problems and seeing how you can use their skills to do some important things. They also get introduced to the very basic concepts of algebra and that is where they can get a bit frustrated. However, I found that with a little patience, creativity, and humor, even the students that deemed themselves "prealgebra hopeless" can be turned into the ones that enjoy the challenge.
I think of precalculus as advanced algebra with little snippets of baby-calculus tucked here and there plus trigonometry. By this time the students are expected to be very comfortable with their algebra concepts and that is where it can get difficult if one or more of those concepts are not understood completely. This is where a tutor can be of help. I enjoy the challenge of finding these shortcomings and correcting them. Usually students find that once these are taken care of, they are free to soar.
Oh the wonderfully weird trig! So mind boggling and tricky. What makes it challenging is the fact that it is so different from algebra and geometry and yet the students have to use all of their knowledge they have from those subjects to succeed in trigonometry. Students sometimes can have a hard time recognizing algebra in trig and therefore get confused. My job as a tutor is to get them to recognize that relationship, to be able to understand the similarities and differences, and to see the great scope of applications that trigonometry offers