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Mark Z.

Seymour, CT

$70/hour

Experienced Math Teacher (AP Calc, AP Stat, and more!)

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/31/13
4.9 average from 24 ratings
Best AP Statistics Tutor We Found!
— Deborah, Southington, CT on 1/16/17

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King's College
Mathematics
Binghamton University
Master's

Education

King's College (Mathematics)

Binghamton University (Master's)

About Mark

I have always been interested in math, even as a child; in late high school, I realized that teaching was my calling and even since I have enjoyed learning, teaching, tutoring, and explaining mathematics.

A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I graduated salutatorian from Bishop Hoban High School (2007), now Holy Redeemer High School, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. While in high school, I took courses in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I. My senior year, I enrolled at Wilkes University and completed courses in Calculus I and Calculus II.

I then attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on full academic scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's in Arts degree in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification. While at King's, I took courses in Logic, Calculus III, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Variables, Numerical Analysis, Abstract Algebra (Group Theory and some Field Theory), Probability, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, Topology, and Mathematical Modeling (related to Probability and Statistics). In fact, I took every Mathematics course offered during the years I attended King's. I also presented at the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware chapter meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in 2009 and am a proud member of MMA. I also presented research into poker probabilities at a 2010 King's College colloquium meeting of computer science and mathematics professors from across Pennsylvania.

I also took an undergraduate course in teaching mathematics as part of my education requirement.

Additionally, I have experience working with special needs students, specifically autism and attention-deficit disorder. I have also worked with English language learners.

I completed my student teaching at Crestwood High School in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. I taught Essential Algebra, Algebra I, and Honors Algebra I/II. I also volunteered at an after-school tutoring program at the high school, where I aided students across all math courses.

I graduated from King's in 2011 Summa Cum Laude as an Honors Program Scholar and received my secondary mathematics certification (PA) in June 2011.

I then received a full academic scholarship to attend Binghamton University to pursue a Master's of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. While at BU, I completed courses in Probability, Statistical Inference, Data Analysis, Design of Experiments, Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, Algebra I (Group Theory), Representation Theory, Combinatorics, Analysis I and Analysis II (Lebesque Integration).

I was awarded a teaching assistantship at BU; my first year I was a TA for an Introductory Statistics course, where I led two discussion sections of 30 "non-math" students each. I was recommended for the head TA position the following year, where I organized the course materials and prepared assessments. Both years I held office hours where I helped students across several courses.

I have taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Physics, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics in both public and private schools in New York and New Jersey, and I have recently relocated to Connecticut. I am a certified mathematics teacher in three states, and I have received specialized training in preparing for the Math SAT.

As a tutor, my first objective is to determine what you or your child aims to achieve and where he or she currently stands with their mathematical knowledge. Most often, this can be done with a "pre-test" to determine what he or she most immediately needs to learn. From there, I will teach, re-teach or aid you or your student using materials the student currently has along with resources I have from my own education and materials I will create myself after meeting with your student for the first time. I utilize mnemonics and "key phrases" to emphasize key topics and I prefer visual algorithms that are easier to understand for both math and "non-math" students alike. However, no two students learn exactly the same way; I look forward for the opportunity to determine how your student learns best and adjust my techniques accordingly for the best possible results.

I am a proud AP-approved teacher of Calculus and Statistics, and several of my students have earned 5's on both AP exams. I currently work in data analysis (statistics).

In my spare time, I like to write and act; I have directed and produced two of my own plays and played a major role in an independent feature film.
I have always been interested in math, even as a child; in late high school, I realized that teaching was my calling and even since I have enjoyed learning, teaching, tutoring, and explaining mathematics.

A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, I graduated salutatorian from Bishop Hoban High School (2007), now Holy Redeemer High School,
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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

I may charge more for more difficult subjects such as calculus, as it requires more prep time. I do offer group rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Seymour, CT 06483
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"Best AP Statistics Tutor We Found!"

- Deborah, Southington, CT on 1/16/17

"Great tutor! Excellent understanding of Statistics."

- Allison, Seymour, CT on 3/26/17

"knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Alyssa, Bridgeport, CT on 3/17/17

"Experienced and patient tutor"

- Jitka, Astoria, NY on 9/2/15
Test Preparation:
GRE
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE

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Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I in high schools for remedial students, college prep students, and honors students. As a result, I know what strategies are effective for many different types of students. I also have a good deal of resources in Algebra available, some from textbooks, others of my own creation, from my time teaching in high school.

Algebra 2

I have taught Algebra 2 at the college prep and honors levels in high schools. As a result, I have a good deal of knowledge as to what strategies are useful. Further, I have many resources available from my time teaching in high schools, some from textbooks, others of my own creation.

Calculus

I have taught AP Calculus at the high school level for several years in New York City and New Jersey. I am very familiar with both the content and structure of the AP Calculus Exam, and my students have routinely achieved scores of 4 and 5. I am also experienced in Calculus II and III, and I have taught or tutored both high school and college students in these subjects over the past several years.

Calculus is an intimidating subject, but it does not have to be a difficult one. I will show you why given situations call for a certain approaches, and the reasoning why they work; in other words, we'll learn what Calculus "does"!

Elementary Math

I am a certified educator in secondary education, but I also have some training in elementary education from my time in college. I like "hands on" teaching when working with young students, both to help students visualize the problem and keep focus and attention on the task at hand.

Geometry

I have taught Geometry at the high school level for several years, ranging from remedial, college prep, and Honors classes. I have a firm grasp of logic and proof-writing and can explain these difficult geometric concepts and operations appropriately.

GRE

I took the GRE (M: 760) as part of the application process to graduate school. My GRE score partially allowed me to earn a full scholarship at a university in New York, where I earned my Master's degree in Mathematics.

I am familiar with the content and types of questions on the GRE, and am also an experienced certified secondary math teacher in three states with tutoring and teaching at the collegiate level as well.

Additionally, I have specifically taught much of the algebraic content on the GRE during my time teaching in high schools.

Linear Algebra

I have taken Linear Algebra at both the undergraduate and graduate level. It was included on my Master's exam. I also have extensive knowledge of its application as it pertains to statistics.

Logic

Logic is an inherent component of all mathematics which I utilize on a daily basis in my teaching and professional careers. In 2009, I gave a presentation in logic at the EPADEL (Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) Mathematics Association of America meeting in Gettysburg, PA which focused on creating your own axiomatic (logic-based) system.

Prealgebra

I have specifically taught Algebra I and pre-Algebra during my time teaching in high schools. I have a very good understanding of the material and also have many resources available from both textbooks and my own creation, to assist in learning pre-algebra.

Precalculus

I have experience teaching Pre-Calculus and Calculus at the high school level. I have intimate knowledge of the conceptual and procedural tools needed for success in Pre-Calculus and beyond.

Probability

I have both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mathematics, with a concentration in probability and statistics. I conducted research in probability methods while an undergrad, examining poker probabilities, and continued with applications in my graduate career. I have taken two courses specifically in probability, and at least five other courses that build upon probability.

I have taught Probability and Statistics at the both the high school and collegiate level.

Statistics

I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics. I earned these degrees while on full academic scholarship at two different institutions. I am a certified secondary mathematics teacher in three states and I have taught AP Statistics previously with over half of my students earning college credit via their AP Exam score. I have experience teaching Statistics at the collegiate level as well, with tutoring specifically tailored to students who are not as confident in their mathematical ability, but need statistics for their major.

I primarily focused on probability and statistics in both my undergrad and graduate careers, having taken at least eight courses in the subject. I have also done research using statistical techniques into the profitability of sports franchises and poker odds.

Trigonometry

I have taught Trigonometry at the high school level to students of all abilities, including remedial, college prep, and Honors. As a Calculus teacher, I have utilized trigonometry regularly and I can explain appropriately both what trigonometry actually is and why we care (its applications).

Trigonometry is not a particularly long course; many high schools, including my own, did not offer it as a separate course, but rather a subdivision of geometry that took roughly 1 1/2 quarters of the school year to complete. However, trigonometry certainly has a learning curve to it; clarity is key, with examples essential to the understanding of the concepts. I aim to provide graphs and real-world applications and problems that showcase trigonometry's usefulness.

King's College
Mathematics
Binghamton University
Master's

Education

King's College (Mathematics)

Binghamton University (Master's)

Best AP Statistics Tutor We Found!

Finally! A Stats Tutor who clearly understand what students need to learn for the classroom! Mark is the first Stats tutor my son worked with who really understood what he needs to learn for his AP Stats class. Mark came to the session well prepared and ready to teach. My son is really looking forward to the upcoming sessions and finally feels that he is working with a tutor who can help him d

— Deborah, Southington, CT on 1/16/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

I may charge more for more difficult subjects such as calculus, as it requires more prep time. I do offer group rates.

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 20 miles of Seymour, CT 06483.