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Christopher A.

Davenport, FL

$40/hour

Humorous tutor available for K-12 Math, English and Reading

5.0 average from 21 ratings
Easy to reach, easy to learn from
— Deidre, Kissimmee, FL on 2/22/14

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Moravian College
Math Secondary Edu

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Moravian College (Math Secondary Edu)

About Christopher

I have been involved in tutoring and teaching ages from Pre-K to adult education in math and basic science since 1998. I have enjoyed helping children of all ages see how math and science can be fun and easy to learn.

I taught for several years in a program called "Little Scientists," engaging Pre-K through Second Graders in basic science lessons through both instruction and hands-on involvement. Styling the lessons more like Mr. Wizard's World rather than a more contemporary "Bill Nye"-like program, I tried to focus on the children learning the vocabulary, hearing the theory, then finding out for themselves how it applies in the real world.

Most of my tutoring experience in college came from our local Salvation Army after-school program. My students ranged from Third to Sixth Grade, and subjects ranged from math and science to reading comprehension and grammar.

School teaching was in Sixth Grade, covering all subjects. My classes were students who were "middle of the road" or below in their grades, and were trying to get that extra boost to Honor Roll level.

While my philosophy does lean towards the value of memorization, I do attempt to help students achieve it through interactive work, mnemonic devices and repetition of application, rather than straight-forward "flashcard" style memorization, allowing students to both memorize the appropriate information and simultaneously learn how to interpret and manipulate the material they're learning.

I look forward to working with more students in the future and help them master the subjects they struggle with.
I have been involved in tutoring and teaching ages from Pre-K to adult education in math and basic science since 1998. I have enjoyed helping children of all ages see how math and science can be fun and easy to learn.

I taught for several years in a program called "Little Scientists," engaging Pre-K through Second Graders in basic
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Discounts up to 20% offered for multiple hours per week. Group rates available upon request for student groups 3 or larger.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Davenport, FL 33837
Background Check: Passed

"Easy to reach, easy to learn from"

- Deidre, Kissimmee, FL on 2/22/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Physical Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Elementary Math

Elementary math is the foundation for all future mathematics. It is the building blocks upon which Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus are built. Proper application of basic mathematics combined with simple shorthand for basic skills and memorization of elementary equations and processes will allow a student to easily grasp more complicated concepts in math, as well as manipulate more complex equations faster without relying on calculators for everything.

Linear Algebra

This is one of my specialties. Linear algebra is one of the simplest subjects to advance to once the basics of math are mastered.

While I always stress memorization of the basics, at this level I do allow my students to employ "shorthand" to remember certain equations or extrapolate more complex equations needed for tests.

As with all basic math, memorization is key, as is practice. Both play a part in my students' assignments, as well as learning to read the "language" of math to begin to understand how to interpret word problems and break down complicated equations.

In this way, my students are able to grasp the basic graphing equations and use that foundation to advance to more advanced graphing.

Public Speaking

My guide to public speaking first revolves around four basics: Posture, Projection, Prose and Polish. Posture helps with breathing, stamina, confidence and how the audience views you. Projection of your voice helps capture attention and keep the audience interested in your words. The words you use (and the lack of filler words such as "um," "well" etc) allow for humor and brevity, avoiding losing your audience's attention. Finally, polishing through practice and revision helps ensure that your speech is to the point, does not drag in parts, and is a success.

To a slightly lesser extent I also go into the psychological aspects of public speaking such as 'stage fright' and other ideas that can derail a good speech.

SAT Math

I try to stress memorization not of the entire material, but of the absolute basics. If one can reproduce the building blocks that more complex math is built on, he or she can then easily extrapolate the more complex equations come test time.

I also believe in careful reading and stress time management. I've had to hand back too many bad grades that came not from a lack of understanding of the material, but missing minor mistakes (putting a minus sign instead of a plus etc).

SAT preparation is a good mixture of these two processes, teaching a student to have a good confidence level of the material, and the time management to make sure they are correctly doing the work.

Study Skills

Aside from being able to tutor in several different subjects, I have also helped students learn how to learn. Practice skills, careful reading, note taking and mnemonic devices are all skills that I believe any student can learn. Finding what environment works for the student is critical, as well as discipline.

Habits I try to stress include:

- Note taking (and rereading)
- Critical Reading (information extraction)
- Test preparation skills
- Basic skills grounding (i.e. multiplication tables, basic grammar to bolster more advanced learning etc)
- Test taking skills
- Time management

Moravian College
Math Secondary Edu

Education

Moravian College (Math Secondary Edu)

Easy to reach, easy to learn from

We have had one session and it was relaxed and positive. We will continue to use Chris. He has a reassuring and calm manner, and makes it easy to understand the material by customizing it for my son.

— Deidre, Kissimmee, FL on 2/22/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts up to 20% offered for multiple hours per week. Group rates available upon request for student groups 3 or larger.

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 30 miles of Davenport, FL 33837.