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Kristin J.

San Francisco, CA

$70/hr

Math Teacher: Friendly, Qualified, Professional

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Background check passed as of 5/15/15
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Patient, understanding and smart. Relates incredibly well to the students.
— Sherman, San Francisco, CA on 6/3/15

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Colorado College
Math and CS
Columbia Teachers College
Master's

Education

Colorado College (Math and CS)

Columbia Teachers College (Master's)

About Kristin

** Special reduced rate for summer tutoring! ** Rates go back up on August 8th.

I have been teaching, unofficially, since I was little. I would sit playmates down in front of a chalkboard and explain things to them. Professionally, I began tutoring in 2001, and teaching in 2006.

I love working one-on-one with students; it lets me diagnose where misunderstandings might be, and tailor my explanations more precisely than I can for a classroom full of students. Enjoy the challenge of finding the particular explanation that makes a new idea "click" with a particular student. One-on-one, I get watch closely as a student gains ownership and confidence as his or her comprehension grows; it's an amazing process to witness.

I attended MIT and Colorado College for my undergraduate degree, which was in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science. I have my Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as my New York State secondary math teaching certification. I taught math at Horace Mann, a private school in New York City, for seven years; and then moved to San Francisco in the fall of 2014.

For academic tutoring, my ultimate goal is to not be needed: I want to increase each student's understanding of the material and self-confidence to the point that tutoring sessions are unnecessary.

For test preparation tutoring, my goal is for students to walk into exams feeling relaxed and prepared. They should feel ready to face each problem one by one and feel confident that their answer is correct. I’ve helped students prepare for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. I coauthored the PSAT and SAT “for Dummies” books.

Helping students gain confidence in their math ability is hugely rewarding, and I look forward to helping math make sense to you or your child. I am known for my patience, my ability to connect with my students, and my ability to explain ideas in multiple ways.

When I'm not playing with math, I'm interested in board games, swing dancing, blues dancing, flying trapeze, reading (especially Fantasy, especially Pat Rothfuss), cooking, tiny houses, and exploring San Francisco. I moved to the Bay Area in September of 2014, and am enjoying routinely discovering new things to love about this city.

I am most available during weekdays before 6pm, and later into the evening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am also available for online tutoring.

Thank you!! Best of luck with your math endeavors!
** Special reduced rate for summer tutoring! ** Rates go back up on August 8th.

I have been teaching, unofficially, since I was little. I would sit playmates down in front of a chalkboard and explain things to them. Professionally, I began tutoring in 2001, and teaching in 2006.

I love working one-on-one with students; it…
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Summer Discount: $70/hour rate lasts only until August 8, 2015.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of San Francisco, CA 94110
Background Check: Passed

"Patient, understanding and smart. Relates incredibly well to the students."

- Sherman, San Francisco, CA on 6/3/15

"Very Knowledgeable and simplified the solutions. I highly recommend. "

- Wilfred, San Francisco, CA on 5/29/15
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GED, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, PSAT,
Regents, SAT Math,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
GMAT, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Algebra 1

I'd be happy to help you or your student learn the basics of functions, how to solve equations for unknowns, and the big ideas of graphing. We can also play with inequalities and lots of other mathematical objects.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is a fun subject, really! You get to learn all about functions and graphing, and maybe even a bit of Trigonometry! I taught Algebra II for five years and helped to redesign my school's curriculum for this course. I would love to help make Algebra II more exciting and accessible for you.

Calculus

I've taught three years of AP Calculus AB, and I love this course. My 50 students over the past years have a median grade of 4 on the AP exam, with more than 50% earning a 5 (highest possible score), more than 75% earning a 4 or above, and more than 90% earning a 3 or above. The AP exam has lots of really interesting problems on it - make sure that you understand the material well enough to appreciate the great questions you'll be asked!

Geometry

Points and lines and angles and proofs! There's a knack to writing proofs well; mostly making sure that each step is a step and not a leap from the previous one. Practice is what makes proof writing easier, and I'm happy to help you hone your skills.

Precalculus

I got a kick out of teaching my school's Precalculus course for seven years. Precalculus is really a grab-bag course, where each school decides what math topics you should see a bit more of before you leave (or move on to Calculus or Statistics). Each school has a different Precalculus curriculum, and I am able to help students with almost any topic that might be covered in your school's curriculum. If your school's Precalculus curriculum ventures into the beginning of Calculus (limits, derivatives, and integrals, Oh My!), I can help with that too!

PSAT

I literally wrote the book on PSAT Math preparation. I worked on the math sections of the "... For Dummies" SAT and PSAT books. PSAT math has been a subject I've tutored students in since 2001, both one-on-one and in classroom settings.

The real trick to doing well on the PSAT and the SAT is practice - if you've seen a whole mess of these types of questions, you won't be surprised when you sit down to take the exam. I'm happy to help you get used to the PSAT style of asking questions, and to brush up on any math concepts that are rusty or unfamiliar so that you can arrive to the exam confident that you are prepared.

SAT Math

I literally wrote the book on SAT Math preparation. I worked on the math sections of the "... For Dummies" SAT and PSAT books. SAT math has been a subject I've tutored students in since 2001, both one-on-one and in classroom settings.

The real trick to doing well on the SAT is practice - if you've seen a whole mess of these types of questions, you won't be surprised when you sit down to take the exam. I'm happy to help you get used to the SAT style of asking questions, and to brush up on any math concepts that are rusty or unfamiliar so that you can arrive to the exam confident that you are prepared.

Trigonometry

I taught trigonometry for seven years, as part of my school's Algebra II and Precalculus classes. Let me help you understand the relationships between angles and sides, degrees and radians, and the unit circle and other graphical representations of trigonometry. Trigonometry is actually quite beautiful when you fit all of the pieces together; I'd be happy to help you see that too.

Colorado College
Math and CS
Columbia Teachers College
Master's

Education

Colorado College (Math and CS)

Columbia Teachers College (Master's)

Patient, understanding and smart. Relates incredibly well to the students. — Kristin helped my godson prepare, at the midnight hour, for his geometry final. Of course, he waited till the last minute to let anyone know he was in trouble and needed help. Kristin stepped in, on a moment's notice, and gave him the best review of the material as was possible, considering the time limitation. It was not only her expertise on the subject, but her calm, gentle presentation that al ...

— Sherman, San Francisco, CA on 6/3/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Summer Discount: $70/hour rate lasts only until August 8, 2015.

Travel policy

Kristin will travel within 5 miles of San Francisco, CA 94110.

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