Universities of CT (Master's)
I have been a teacher of math for over thirty years. During those years I have tutored from the young to the IB and AP Calculus students with great success. I have also taught all courses, adapted to changes, and was chosen as a resource specialist to guide teachers from the 6th through 12th grades. My teaching spans areas including the US, Europe and Latin America. This has expanded my ability to work with a diverse learning group of students. I have created new curriculum, always keeping in mind that the student comes first.
My tutoring mission includes building confidence. Next is developing a work ethic that will remain forever, even after school. After I find the individual's areas of knowledge needing a stronger foundation and reinforcement, I try to develop a style of communication and interaction that is unique to the student, promoting strong methods of learning, critical thinking and independent growth. If I am tutoring for a test, such as the SAT, my experience includes holding sessions for many years on Saturdays to review knowledge, SAT practice and also explore areas that students need extra review and special techniques for test taking.
I have been honored with my work as a teacher with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and have been given major grants such as the Toyota-Time Grant for innovative practices with my students. I have worked with many universities such as M.I.T., UCONN and the University of Colorado to strengthen my professional skills for my students. I also encourage honest and active participation from students so that I may reflect and revise on the feedback that my students share.
My greatest honor is that I also brought up two children - one daughter that graduated from West Point and a son that graduated from M.I.T. During their younger years I remained home to be with my children and it also gave me the opportunity to tutor students, from the young to college years. I have learned that tutoring is a combination of techniques that have led to the success of so many students.
Not only is an open relationship important, I encourage communication with parents and teachers at all times. A successful tutor needs to focus on all of the qualities mentioned above to produce a student that learns how to learn and think with confidence! I have been a teacher of math for over thirty years. During those years I have tutored from the young to the IB and AP Calculus students with great success. I have also taught all courses, adapted to changes, and was chosen as a resource specialist to guide teachers from the 6th through 12th grades. My teaching spans areas including the US, Europe
Louise has worked with my daughter for 4 weeks and has made an incredible difference in my daughter's understanding of Pre-Calculus. After working with Louise, her test scores jumped 15-20%. Not only did my daughter feel that she had a much better mastery of material, she developed a new confidence and satisfaction with her math experience that she did not have before. Louise had an outstanding understanding of the textbook (and its limitations) that our school uses, and developed her plans around what was needed most. Louise is extremely patient, explains things in a thorough way, and is very supportive of her students. Every session was highly informative and very valuable. Thanks Louise for getting her ready to face her final exam!
Louise went through material meticulously to ensure student understood concept in preparation for an upcoming test. She definitely cares that her students have the support they need to be confident and successful.
Thank you Louise! Your depth of knowledge really helped to quickly prepare my daughter for her upcoming test! She earned 100% on the exam!
My son masters his last test after working together with Louise. He really feels like her former teacher experience, combined with her pre Calc knowledge, make her the perfect tutor.
She taught my daughter, a high school junior Pre Calc! My daughter found her very easy to understand and easy taught new formulas to figure out problems that she didn't know.
Louise is an excellent tutor. She has a great depth of understanding of mathematics and a wonderful way of explaining concepts and encouraging students to do their best. I would recommend her to anyone.
Louise helped me with some basic principles of Calculus and we went over some practice problems. I really liked her style of teaching, it really meshed will with how I learn. I think she's able to pick up very quickly how each person learns and then adjust her style accordingly. I wish I'd found her 2 months ago when I started my class! I highly recommend Louise for student of all levels.
Louise gave our son the confidence he needed for his final exam. They worked together on the pre calculus review packet. Louise moved quickly through material our son had mastered and quickly picked up on material he needed extra support. They were able to cover a lot of material in short periods of time. Thank you Louise!
Our son had a wonderful tutoring experience with Louise. She went out of her way to accommodate his schedule, despite being very busy herself. Our son learned so much from Louise during his tutoring sessions that he referred to her as a "Math Goddess." We are very thankful that we found Louise and highly recommend her to others.
I would like to personally thank Louise for your smart and focused work with my daughter. Louise took my daughter's lead, gaining insight as to what it was that she needed. From that starting point I witnessed a collaborative effort to meet a common goal. With the goal of filling in gaps in Algebra I now met as a result of Louise's tutoring my daughter is now able to move forward in her mathematics class with confidence and understanding. She has verbalized "finally getting it". Her words, not mine!
Louise is a very good fit for our daughter. Our daughter has always struggled with math and now with pre-calculus it's even more of a challenge. Louise is very patient and kind. She really cares about her and meets her at her level. Annie is not intimidated to ask questions and feels very comfortable with Louise. Louise really cares that Annie understand the material. Tutoring is the best thing we have done and Louise fits the bill beautifully. I recommend her highly.
Our son was doing OK in math, but there was something missing. Just as good athletes need a coach to become better, we talked with him and suggested a math coach. Understanding the analogy, he was open to giving it a try – what a difference. He went from good in math to exemplary, recently receiving a merit citation as one of the best 8th grade math students in his middle school – he’s a seventh grader.
Besides his teacher, we have to thank Louise. Like a good coach she:
1. Cares about the student;
2. Connects with the student at his/her level;
3. Challenges them to think and understand;
4. Helps build the student’s confidence to where s/he takes ownership of his/her own learning.
Louise is very patient and kind. My daughter is very sensitive about her performance in math and Louise makes her feel comfortable enough to ask questions. I would highly recommend her as a math tutor.
We just had our first session with Louise and my daughter is already feeling much better about our math skills. Louise is very patient and knows how to zero in on the problem areas while working on a progressive lesson plan for future learning.
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ACT is similar to the SAT but has a different format and you should pay attention to the schools that you apply to. They might want The ACT instead. The scoring is different but again when you practice enough you can become familiar with the questions and succeed.
Algebra One is the most critical course in school. It is the foundation and a good understanding leads most students to a successful outcome and strong confidence in future courses. It covers the basic skills of linear and quadratic functions but also shows applications that need to be covered and not feared! It is a new language and yet based on our arithmetic. Algebra simply uses an "x" instead of a number.
Algebra 2 is the time in the development of our curriculum that takes the basic skills and puts them into context. More types of functions are introduced and applied during this year. It is important at this time to connect all topics to an overarching understanding of the meaning of each in depth. Work skills are important now, more than ever!
This is not a difficult test but it does cover many topics. This makes it a challenge to many. By practicing and reviewing some topics you may have forgotten or had never seen, a person can succeed!
Calculus brings a new concept for students, approaching infinity. It needs a strong foundation but the concepts carry through the course that is basically differentiation and integration. After learning the basic skills, application becomes very important. But the depth of understanding in the course by a student leads to a better prepared thinker on a higher level. You learn to think for yourself, evaluate and not simply memorize. It can be an interesting and sometimes exciting change in Mathematics!
Elementary Math is a wealth of skills that a student needs to understand. But it can be done on a concrete level, meaning using real objects, real topics, and hands on problem solving. They develop this even at a young age and then are not intimidated by the applications that are more abstract in the future. It is the most important part of Mathematics, a language that has skills and thought and most important creativity of application that they can see and use in their lives.
While I was home caring for my children, I taught GED courses in East Hartford, CT for more than 4 years. I had full classes in the evening.
I also taught young women in the East Hartford school system in a group called Head Start that cared for their children while they studied to pass the CT High School Diploma Test. I did this for more than 2 years.
Geometry is a study of our spacial world that surrounds us. It builds a foundation of logic and proofs that is a change from the fundamentals of Algebra. Shapes, relationships in one, two and three dimensions are covered. Algebra is continually reviewed and used throughout the course.
Prealgebra is a very important subject since it is the foundation for a new language, the language of algebra. Since algebra simply imitates your knowledge or how to use and apply numbers, the next step is simply using "x" instead of the number. If you remember this and get a strong foundation, the future challenges will be easier to understand in depth!
PreCalculus is a combination of reviewing Alg. II topics and introducing new ones. It is an important time to practice skills and develop depth in critical thinking!
SAT Math is a combination of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra ll and Trig problems. Many say they are tricky but what they are doing is making students think as well as simply remember some procedures. The best way to get a high score is to practice, practice, practice, because then you start to think the way the writers do!
The topics found in Statistics are a change from the traditional math courses in schools. Application is real and a true understanding of statistics can be applied to a career or simply becoming a well informed citizen in our society that absorbs rapidly increasing information.
I have designed and written an approved AP CollegeBoard Audit for more than one high school for AP Statistics and taught the course with success in high school and community college. I have, during my teaching career, attended many professional development sessions in this area and the continuing use of technology in statistics. The computer programs, the calculator and the understanding of this course are essential components to this course and its applications in our world today.
Trig is a new topic for many students and it is taught very quickly. I love math but can understand the need to get help. It deals with the connection of the sides of a right triangle to the angles. Students usually have worked with each idea on its own.
Now students put this together and it opens up a great tool to apply in the real world. it also takes skill combined with creativity to reach high expectations. All triangles are also introduced and there are many applications that need visual interpretation to help.