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I believe students should be confident in their math skills. By getting good grades in school, their options in life (e.g. jobs, career paths) are kept open. I gauge where the student is at in knowing the concepts by having him/her work out the problems. Every problem has two parts: the first is recognizing what kind of problem it is (e.g. quadratic equation) and the second is the mechanics of working it out (e.g. arithmetic skills, factoring, quadratic formula). I have been tutoring since I was in high school myself. I keep it simple and fun! I have given students confidence in their math skills which has transferred into overall confidence in themselves. We both roll up our sleeves and do the problems together. I have a BA in Mathematics from Cal State Fullerton.
I believe students should be confident in their math skills. By getting good grades in school, their options in life (e.g. jobs, career paths) are kept open. I gauge where the student is at in knowing the concepts by having him/her work out the problems. Every problem has two parts: the first is
Thanks for helping G make sense of Pre-Calc this year! We appreciate everything you did. Have a great summer!
Madeleine was willing to meet me though i contacted her last minute. She quickly understood what needed to be done and helped me get an A on a test i would not have done well on otherwise! She is efficient with the time we are given and would stop until i understood everything. Will definitely schedule another appointment.
Madeleine has assisted my daughter with H. Algebra II and H. Pre-Calc. What we appreciate is her dedication to get the student to understand the concept and know how to successfully master the exams. She helped my daughter achieve very high grades in both subjects although math in general is not her cup of tea.
She taught me what I did not understand in class and the homework. I really liked her style and challenge to help me understand what I had in front of me and what was coming. She definitely helped me achieve one or more grades higher than left on my own.
We have been very happy with Madeleine. She is very clear and patient. She is always on time. My daughter has a clearer understanding of trig.
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We have fun with topics such as factoring, solving and graphing linear equations, word problems, and solving a system of equations, just to name a few. I turn factoring into a fun and efficient game. And, I really enjoy connecting with the student to break down word problems by translating them into workable math problems, and thus decreasing the student's anxiety and fear.
Algebra II has a whole host of new concepts including advanced factoring, function transformations, sequences, and series. We learn the relationship between exponential and log functions. I also enjoy connecting with the student to demonstrate how synthetic division, long division, factoring, finding the zeros, graphing a polynomial, and evaluating a polynomial are all related.
I really enjoy tutoring logic, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, and two column proofs. I connect with the student to create a logical and efficient two column proof based on deductive reasoning using theorems, postulates, and definitions. We have fun with proofs on popular topics such as parallel lines, congruent triangles, and CPCTC.
Linear Algebra gives us some very useful skills to add to our skill set. We can now learn three more ways to solve a system of linear equations. Namely, we can use matrix inverses, Cramer's rule, or Gaussian elimination. We can also find the areas of triangles and parallelograms using determinants.
Precalculus is a catchall of topics that need to be in place before going on to calculus. Included among these topics are conic sections, polar coordinates, vectors, matrices, and probability theory. I also enjoy connecting with the student to explore the concept of the limit and how it relates to the slope of a secant line.
We have fun with topics including the unit circle, SOHCAHTOA, the Law of Sines, and the Law of Cosines. I show the student how to use easy, logical, and intuitive formulas for finding the arc length of a circle and the area of a sector. We derive and work with trig formulas such as the sin and cos of a sum or difference, half angle, and double angle. And, I show the student quick and easy ways to graph all of the six trig functions.