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Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado (chemistry B.S.)
Colorado Technical University (Master's)
I taught chemistry, physics, physical science , algebra,I and II, and a few more math and/or science classes during my twenty years of teaching and I am now desiring to tutor in any of these areas. I am the type of tutor that expects the student to participate in his/her learning process while I am tutoring him/her. I will teach the student the skills he/she are struggling with and help them not only do the problems for practice but to also have them explain how they understand the concept. In addition, I am not the the type of tutor that uses only one method to solve a problem, sometimes the student has their own way and as long as it is mathematically correct and backed by scientifically explainable facts I will not try to make them use my method to solve the problem my way. Finally, I am excellent with all ages of students and If the student gives 100%, as I will give them 100%+, they will have success. I taught chemistry, physics, physical science , algebra,I and II, and a few more … Read more
I am so thankful to have Pamela as my daughter's tutor. My daughter loves having her and in a short time has begun to understand chemistry.
Pamela is so willing to work with our crazy schedule. She gets right to work on exactly the skills my daughter needs and is very good at finding ways to make chemistry understandable. Pamela comes with no bells and whistles, just good, solid teaching - just what we were looking for in a tutor.
Pamela was very helpful in helping my daughter understand her Chemistry assignment. Very knowledgeable and able to communicate the information in a way that my daughter could digest.
Pam came to us short notice and spent 3 hours w/ us to help prepare a student for an ap chem test...she knows her chemistry!!!
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The ACT math consists of 60 questions: Elementary algebra(24 questions), intermediate algebra/geometry (18 questions) and Plane geometry and trig (18 questions). I have taught all of the above courses throughout my twenty years of teaching. Hence, this my fist tutoring of the ACT Math and Science, however, I have the skills and knowledge to solve the various problems covered in the ACT. I will go over the concepts the student does not understand and then through the year I will give the student practice timed tests and go over the answers. Also, I will give tips on how to take the test, which is a test within a test.
The ACT science test is written differently then just given an formula and isolating the unknown variable. It takes a great deal of actually understanding the many concepts in all science areas. The student is given a paragraph, charts and maps, hypothetical experiments which the student missed look at all the given information and by using their knowledge in the sciences to find the best answer. I would give a review of science concepts to the student and then they can take practice ACT tests.
Algebra I is a vital math course that merges basic math skills with new math skills necessary for future high level math courses. Algebra I also introduces the math concept of one equation and one unknown variable to solve for in a basic word problem. Finally, more graphing skills are also introduced along with factoring, the quadratic equation and inequalities to name some more vital math concepts. All of the above mentioned concepts are necessary to master to be able to use them in algebra II.
Algebra II can be difficult and also fun because it makes the student utilize his/her math knowledge and expand it three fold. Knowing Algebra II proficiently will allow the student to solve problems encountered in chemistry and physics. Algebra II opens up an abundance of upper Math concepts that are valuable in solving complex problems and, as mentioned above, can be carried over into other mathematical and scientifically areas. The concepts learned and mastered in Algebra II, I believe, are crucial to making other science and mathematical courses easier if the student can use Algebra II concepts.
Chemistry is a challenging but interesting subject. Learning to use the periodic table is a must when taking any chemistry course, if the student attempts to memorize the periodic table it will be difficult to pass chemistry. Chemistry deals with protons, neutron, electrons, atomic number, atomic weight ,moles, balancing equations, and stoichiometry problems on a small scale. On a larger scale one will learn about molarity, molality with solutions, gas laws,acids and bases,chemical bonding(covalent, ionic), and electrochemistry to name some of the topics in chemistry. I will teach the student to use the periodic table to solve many of the problems one will encounter. In addition, Algebra II is necessary or highly recommended for Chemistry to help in solving the many problems. Chemistry is necessary for a great deal of upper level science courses.
Geometry is a different type of Math but very vital to the individual in higher math levels, which uses Algebra to solve most of the problems. Geometry introduces points, lines , angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, similar and congruent triangles and finding the area and volume of second and third dimension objects. In addition, Geometry uses theorems and postulates to solve the proofs. Proofs are vital in Geometry since the proofs allows the individual the means to prove a theorem or theorems in order to use that theorem to solve a geometrical problem. Basic trigonometry is also a concept found in Geometry and will be studied in this particular course.
Physical science incorporates basic physics, chemistry, geology, weather, and geology. Math skills are vital in solving problems in physical science, not just how to use the correct formula or math concept but to understand the math formula well enough to be able to manipulate the formulas to isolate the desired variable. To understand the basic chemistry in physical science it is vital the student can use the periodic table enough to get through the course without trying to memorizing data that can quickly be found on the periodic table.
Pre-Algebra teaches new math concepts and reinforces math skills that were learned prior to taking pre-algebra. Pre-Algebra present the math concept of being able to solve for a unknown variable in a mathematical equation and/or proportion. In this course the student will encounter word problems (which usually represent math in our daily life) more than in previously math courses and learn how to derive the mathematical equation or set up in a proportion and then solve for the unknown variable. In order to accomplishment the above mentioned, the student must rely on previous knowledge of math skills and to build on those math skills in order to be successful in Pre-Algebra. Finally, if a student is lacking some skills that they should of learned prior to taking Pre-Algebra; they will relearn quickly to pass Pre-Algebra.