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Irene M.

Santa Rosa, CA


The Logical Path

Background check passed as of 12/10/11
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B.A., Sonoma State University


B.A., Sonoma State University (Mathematics)

About Irene

Feeling caught in a maze of symbols? I can help. I am a retired California credentialed mathematics teacher, with experience successfully guiding students through, not only my favorite subjects on Trig and Precalculus, but also Algebra I & II, Geometry and Calculus. I can work with you on Finite Math as well.

Once you have mastered a subject, that knowledge is your own to keep forever regardless of the ups and downs life may hand you. Mastering any subject, from math and science to music and fine arts, through both guided and personal discipline, is the direct path to personal freedom. It would be my greatest pleasure to help you attain your greatest potential.
Feeling caught in a maze of symbols? I can help. I am a retired California credentialed mathematics teacher, with experience successfully guiding students through, not only my favorite subjects on Trig and Read more

24 hours notice required

If we meet in my home, I reduce my rate to $35/hour. Rates are based on a minimum of 1 hour. 1/2 hour increments thereafter are $20.00. The rate for two students in the same course is $60.00.

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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"Irene's the absolute best!"

- Robin, Windsor, CA on 12/4/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Tonya, Cotati, CA on 10/27/14

"So nice and helpful"

- Cassandra, Santa Rosa, CA on 4/26/14

"Very happy with Irene."

- Karen, Santa Rosa, CA on 1/30/14

"Stop right here for your math needs."

- Marc, Santa Rosa, CA on 5/1/12
Irene replied on 5/1/2012

Marc, you are all aces! I remember asking you after our last tutorial to call and tell me about the A I knew you would receive. This is by far the best way you could have told me. Thank you.

"Great tutor for those frustrated with math!"

- Ashley, Discovery Bay, CA on 4/18/12
Irene replied on 5/1/2012

Ashley, you make it easy for me with all the motivation you bring to the table.

"Kudos to Irene!"

- Cate, Santa Rosa, CA on 4/17/12

"Knowledgeable, patient, thorough"

- Karen, Santa Rosa, CA on 3/3/12
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing
Elementary Education:

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Algebra 1

Algebras I&II make the backbone, the very foundation, for all lower-division work in university mathematics. I am well aware of the areas where students often falter and know how to create approaches unique to each student that will work to make a truly independent thinker.

Algebra 2

Algebra II comprises three key aspects: equations, graphs, and applications (word problems). Understanding this level of Algebra is pivotal in the success of any student in university mathematics.

My approach to tutoring Algebra II is Socratic. We work problems together on separate paper, and I guide you with leading questions so that you arrive at the solution on your own. I believe this offers better comprehension and helps you remember the different strategies used to solve problems.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely administered aptitude test in the United States. The ASVAB is called an aptitude battery because its results are used to predict the ability to learn skills – specifically skills required for different work. The test is based on research to help predict success in a wide range of different jobs. The results help focus student interest and aptitude for careers – both military and civilian.


I tutor 1st semester Calculus (or high school Calculus, which is taught over the course of a school year). I can help with related rates and optimization problems and clarify techniques of integration, such as u-substitution, among many other topics. I recently finished a refresher course in Calculus I in the spring of 2015, so I'm very dialed into the salient aspects of the course.

Finite Math

I have tutored students from Sonoma State University in Finite Math. I have a B.A. in Mathematics. Finite Math is mostly Algebra II applied to business models. I have studied Markov Chains, and I understand them completely, although it appears that the course at SSU doesn't even go that far. I assure that I am highly qualified to tutor this subject.


I will tailor your study guide to its best potential for you. After giving you an informal diagnostic, I can chunk the material into manageable sizes for you to study. Ideally, you will give yourself no less than one month with me to prepare for your exam.


The very last course I taught in the public classroom was Geometry, and I loved it.

A pure Geometry course is all about proving more and more abstract ideas using a handful of unquestioned assumptions. My approach to proof writing is to treat it like solving a good puzzle - once you learn the technique, there is no wrong answer if the logic is sound.

Today's high school courses in Geometry have more emphasis on measuring, reasoning, and applications. It is the branch of math that most easily connects pertinent, real-life & everyday examples to the rules of logical thinking.


Grammar is the study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.
It is about structural relationships in language, including meaning, and linguistic history. Above all, it is the system of rules implicit in a language.

Hard Of Hearing

I studied American Sign Language at Gallaudet University. I completed 3 semesters of Sign Language there, plus a semester of Introduction to Interpreting. Although it was many years ago, I have retained a large vocabulary, and am able to communicate well with the hard of hearing.


This course is a preparation for Calculus. It is intended to deepen conceptual understanding and technical skill. The student gains an appreciation for the power of mathematics to model the real-world.

Calculators extend a student’s ability to calculate and visualize mathematics. However, it is important that the student understands the concepts that underlie what the graphing calculator produces. I encourage graphing by hand to give a deeper understanding of the transformations of graphs. I have TI83 and TI84 plus and TI-89 calculators, so I can guide the student through anything the instructor may have demonstrated in class, from graphing regression curves or calculating infinite sums, to performing matrix algebra.

At this level, I find students have very good study skills in place already, so group tutoring, of up to 4 students, seems to be a very effective way of clarifying class concepts. I own a large white board, and can transform any space into a classroom environment. Having this board and the ability to create a safe learning space, somehow inspires and allows students to clearly discuss ideas with each other.

But of course, I am willing to tutor individuals as well!

SAT Math

The SAT is a standardized test that colleges use to evaluate applicants. SAT scores are calculated based on a student’s performance relative to other test-takers, and have proven to be an indicator of collegiate success.

The math sections measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form.


Trigonometry is an ancient branch of mathematics with exciting modern applications, such as astronomy, electricity and biology. To encourage conceptual understanding, I present explanations geometrically, numerically, algebraically and verbally – algebra and geometry really come together in trigonometry. I have equal facility in defining the trig functions in terms of the unit circle, or by right triangles, and can relate the two approaches to each other, so however the instructor decides to teach the topic, I can adapt my tutorials.

I am well-versed in using graphing calculators, specifially, the TI89, TI83, and the TI84-Plus, so if a student needs any clarification in what the teacher may have demonstrated in class with or without a graphing calculator, I can explain and reinforce the ideas behind the lesson.

B.A., Sonoma State University


B.A., Sonoma State University (Mathematics)

Irene's the absolute best! — My high school son was taking a trigonometry course at the junior college and was becoming worried and discouraged. He was falling behind and needed help a.s.a.p. These classes are usually fast-paced and cover a broad range of material over a short amount of time, so it was imperative that he received help immediately. We found Irene and within just a couple of hours of contacting her, she respon ...

— Robin, Windsor, CA on 12/4/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

If we meet in my home, I reduce my rate to $35/hour. Rates are based on a minimum of 1 hour. 1/2 hour increments thereafter are $20.00. The rate for two students in the same course is $60.00.

Travel policy

Irene will travel within 8 miles of Santa Rosa, CA 95401.