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Ray D.

Ray, the Math teacher

Ray, the Math teacher

$50/hour

  • 5 hours tutoring

  • San Rafael, CA 94903

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Hi folks-

My name is Ray D. and I have been tutoring, primarily in Elementary Mathematics, for more than five years. I use a variety of materials, depending upon the needs of the student. I use manipulatives as an entry to new topics, literature for those who respond to books, and worksheets when the time is right.
I have been an elementary teacher for 12 years. Along with "general studies" in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades, I have taught math in all grades from first to sixth. My tutoring...

Hi folks-

My name is Ray D. and I have been tutoring, primarily in Elementary Mathematics, for more than five years. I use a variety of materials, depending upon the needs of the student. I use manipulatives as an entry to new topics, literature for those who respond to books, and worksheets when the time is right.
I have been an elementary teacher for 12 years. Along with "general studies" in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades, I have taught math in all grades from first to sixth. My tutoring experience has normally been with students who lack confidence more than they lack mathematical skills. I try to make the teaching environment fun and relaxing.

I believe that any student who feels that math is too "difficult", or even scary, just has an extra obstacle to overcome. That is why I prefer a relaxed atmosphere in which to build the confidence of the student.
Based on my experience, and successes, that your experience working with "Mr. D." will yield the results you are hoping to achieve.

Thank You,
Ray D.


Education

CSU San Bernardino
undergrad
CSU San Bernardino, CA
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of San Rafael, CA 94903
  • Lesson cancellation: hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/26/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Ray and I have been an elementary (grades 1 - 6) teacher for nearly 12 years. While I have been specializing in tutoring for math, I have also tutored in writing and reading skills. As an example, my 2nd grade class recently completed their "Book Club" work on a Cam Jansen story called "Can Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery." When we return from break, I will be starting a new book, "The Great Cheese Conspiracy", with focuses on vocabulary, chapter summaries, and inferential skills. Our math work is now focused on multiplication and division, the emphasis being in developing their Mental Math skills. Thank you for considering me as a tutor for your child. Ray
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, and then narrowing down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving. This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests. I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."
Phonics,

Phonics

Recently, my 2nd grade class worked on using double consonants. The lesson involved a simple rule (we don't worry about exceptions with the younger grades): A short vowel word gets a double consonant when you add -ed or -ing. A long vowel word gets a single consonant when adding -ed or -ing. The example used involves two words, "hop" and "hope." Hop becomes "hopped" and "hopping", while hope becomes "hoped" and "hoping." We then brainstormed single syllable words where we could apply this rule, then made sentences that use at least two of the words. With practice, their spelling and reading improves as they get used to seeing these words written within text. Ray D.
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, narrow down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving. This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests. I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Ray and I have been an elementary (grades 1 - 6) teacher for nearly 12 years. While I have been specializing in tutoring for math, I have also tutored in writing and reading skills. As an example, my 2nd grade class recently completed their "Book Club" work on a Cam Jansen story called "Can Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery." When we return from break, I will be starting a new book, "The Great Cheese Conspiracy", with focuses on vocabulary, chapter summaries, and inferential skills. Our math work is now focused on multiplication and division, the emphasis being in developing their Mental Math skills. Thank you for considering me as a tutor for your child. Ray
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, Spelling

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, narrow down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving. This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests. I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."
Geometry, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, narrow down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving. This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests. I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Ray and I have been an elementary (grades 1 - 6) teacher for nearly 12 years. While I have been specializing in tutoring for math, I have also tutored in writing and reading skills. As an example, my 2nd grade class recently completed their "Book Club" work on a Cam Jansen story called "Can Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery." When we return from break, I will be starting a new book, "The Great Cheese Conspiracy", with focuses on vocabulary, chapter summaries, and inferential skills. Our math work is now focused on multiplication and division, the emphasis being in developing their Mental Math skills. Thank you for considering me as a tutor for your child. Ray
Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading

Special Needs

Phonics

Phonics

Recently, my 2nd grade class worked on using double consonants. The lesson involved a simple rule (we don't worry about exceptions with the younger grades): A short vowel word gets a double consonant when you add -ed or -ing. A long vowel word gets a single consonant when adding -ed or -ing. The example used involves two words, "hop" and "hope." Hop becomes "hopped" and "hopping", while hope becomes "hoped" and "hoping." We then brainstormed single syllable words where we could apply this rule, then made sentences that use at least two of the words. With practice, their spelling and reading improves as they get used to seeing these words written within text. Ray D.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

With unknowns ("x" and/or "y"), there are many ways to approach a problem. When a student is struggling, I like to use a simple approach. Taking a basic problem like "3X + 6 = 12", for example, narrow down what a possible answer could be. Is "1" too small or too big? Then try "10", until we get close enough to try solving. This approach is useful when a multiple choice test is involved, like many standardized tests. I prefer a relaxed approach to mathematics. My students are familiar with, "Use what you know to solve what you don't know."
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My name is Ray and I have been an elementary (grades 1 - 6) teacher for nearly 12 years. While I have been specializing in tutoring for math, I have also tutored in writing and reading skills. As an example, my 2nd grade class recently completed their "Book Club" work on a Cam Jansen story called "Can Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery." When we return from break, I will be starting a new book, "The Great Cheese Conspiracy", with focuses on vocabulary, chapter summaries, and inferential skills. Our math work is now focused on multiplication and division, the emphasis being in developing their Mental Math skills. Thank you for considering me as a tutor for your child. Ray
Geometry, Reading

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$50/hour

Ray D.

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