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George Mason University (BS - Biology)
Subjects I tutor in include: Biology, General Science, Algebra 1 and 2, Pre-Algebra, Middle School Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics, Physics, Special Education, Autism, Learning Disabilities. I am a single mother of 4 and have been a teacher for 15 years (high school, middle school, elementary school). I am currently teaching Middle School Mathematics.
I have full knowledgeable in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Office). My past employment includes Middle School and High School teacher in Math, Algebra, Physics, Biology, and Integrated, Earth, and Physical Sciences. I am published in two publications for The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Pasadena, CA, one publication for NASAs frequency and Timing subsystems installed at White Sands, NM, and one classified publication for the DoD Navy Program. I also offer consulting, advising, and requirements compliance expertise. Subjects I tutor in include: Biology, General Science, Algebra 1 and 2, Pre-Algebra, Middle School Integrated
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As a high school teacher, I participated in weekend and after-school sessions that helped prepare students to take the various ACT exams. These sessions were usually 2 hours. I reviewed students' work, corrected misconceptions, and provided guidance to the student so they could improve their overall ACT score. Sessions covered the Reading, Writing, English, and/or Math ACT exams. This has been an ongoing activity for 10+ years.
The ACT English Test contains 75 questions to be answered in 45 minutes.
There are six elements of effective writing included in the ACT English Test
- punctuation (13%)
- grammar and usage (16%)
- sentence structure (24%)
- strategy (16%)
- organization (15%)
- style (16%)
The Usage/Mechanics subscore of the test covers punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure.
The Rhetorical Skills subscore covers strategy, organization, and style.
The ACT Mathematics Test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to measure the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken by the end of 11th grade.
The test presents multiple-choice questions that require you to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics.
You need knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills to answer the problems, but you aren't required to know complex formulas and perform extensive computation.
You may use an APPROVED calculator on the Mathematics Test. All the problems can be solved without a calculator.
As a high school teacher, I participated in weekend and after school sessions that helped prepare students to take the various ACT exams. These sessions were usually 2-hours. I reviewed students' work, corrected misconceptions, and provided guidance to the student so they could improve their overall ACT score. Sessions covered the Reading, Writing, English, and/or Math ACT exams. This has been an ongoing activity for 10+ years.
As a high school teacher, I participated in weekend and after-school sessions that helped prepare students to take the various ACT exams. These sessions were usually 2-hours. I reviewed students' work, corrected misconceptions, and provided guidance to the student so they could improve their overall ACT score. Sessions covered the Reading, Writing, English, and/or Math ACT exams. This has been an ongoing activity for 10+ years.
The Science ACT Exam prep classes are usually conducted during the 11th grade regular Science class. We have ACT prep classes, 2 or 3 times per week for a couple of weeks before the majority of the Juniors' Exam date.
Algebra 1 covers the fundamental concepts of algebra, including exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, ratio and proportion, systems of linear equations, factoring quadratics, complex numbers, completing the square, and the quadratic formula. Algebra 2 covers quadratic equations, graphing, complex numbers, functions, sequences and series, and exponents and logarithms.
I have a BS in Biology from George Mason University.
Fifth grade introduces the concepts and mechanics of multiplication and division and their properties (commutative, associative and distributive properties). Factoring, including the rules of divisibility and to determine if they are prime or composite and prime factorization are key to understanding math at the fifth grade level. Prime numbers and squares (e.g., 4 X 4 = 16) are key. They express whole numbers as products of prime factors and determine the greatest common factor (GCF) or the least common multiple (LCM) of two numbers up to 100. Understanding exponents, specifically, multiplying by powers of 10, and demonstrating patterns prepare them for more complex tasks. Divisibility rules for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10, are mastered enabling them to have more confidence in factoring and general number sense.
Tenth grade English covers the following objectives:
- Critical reading and thinking skills to the analyses of literature.
- Learn and apply the conventions of standard written English and usage as needed to ensure clear written communication.
- Write compositions for a variety of purposes using all stages of the writing process.
- Apply research and reference skills to find information and support for compositions and studies.
- Analyze and synthesize concepts found in representative selections from various genres found in world literature.
- Plan, present, and evaluate formal oral presentations.
- Convey ideas with clarity, coherence, conciseness, precision, and fluency.
- Produce documents using MLA format.
PreAlgebra is generally taught in middle school. It covers such diverse topics as Parenthesis, Brackets, Absolute Value, Fractions, Exponents, Square Root, Nth Root, Point-Slope, Scientific Notation, Greater Than or Equal, Less Than or Equal, Probability and Graphing.