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Kelly M.

Pompano Beach, FL

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Math, Test Preparation, and More

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Civil Engineering
University of Washington
Master's

Education

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S.) (Civil Engineering)

University of Washington (Master's)

About Kelly

I have helped others learn throughout most of my life. Much of my early tutoring was informal – mainly helping friends, classmates, or friends of the family. Later I began to tutor formally and more regularly. I now typically tutor up to five hours per week. As the son of high school and college math teacher (dad) and athletics coach (mom) tutoring has seemed to come pretty naturally.

I’ve worked for almost 15 years as an engineer throughout the country and world. I’m a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states. In the course of my engineering work it is imperative to explain technical requirements and concepts to clients who do not have technical backgrounds in an accurate, but simplified way. This is the same approach I take when helping someone with their coursework. While understanding concepts is absolutely the key to grasping subject matter, I am also a firm believer in working examples. During my educational experiences I have learned the most from teachers who understood the importance of concept application.

I attended public high school and was class valedictorian. I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which is a private engineering school focused on undergraduate education. It has been named the number one undergraduate engineering school in the country for the past 16 years by U.S. News and World Report. I received my Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington where I focused on water resources, hydrology, and environmental fluid mechanics.

I’m available to tutor on weekday evenings and on Friday and Saturday during the day. I primarily meet people at their homes or a public library, whichever they prefer, as long as the meeting location is within my listed travel radius of 10 miles (20 miles round trip).
I have helped others learn throughout most of my life. Much of my early tutoring was informal – mainly helping friends, classmates, or friends of the family. Later I began to tutor formally and more regularly. I now typically tutor up to five hours per week. As the son of high school and college Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

For locations further away than 10 miles (20 mile round trip) I typically request either a closer meeting place or that a portion of the driving time be added to the actual tutoring session time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pompano Beach, FL 33063
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Awesome!"

- Aneilia, Pompano Beach, FL on 7/5/15

"Very Good Tutor!"

- Douglas, Loxahatchee, FL on 9/14/13

"Great tutor! Highly recommend!"

- Oscar, West Palm Beach, FL on 3/21/13

"Awesome."

- John, West Palm Beach, FL on 3/16/13

"Highly recommend "

- Lesley, Boca Raton, FL on 10/24/12

"Excellent tutor"

- John, Boynton Beach, FL on 10/17/12

"Kelly"

- Cherylan, Lake Worth, FL on 10/8/12

"Excellent session "

- Karen, Boynton Beach, FL on 10/4/12

"Very Patient"

- Jon, Lake Worth, FL on 10/2/12

"Great Tutor and very patient!"

- Carl, North Palm Beach , FL on 9/13/12
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
ASVAB, GRE,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer,
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

The math subjects you need to understand to earn a good score on the ACT are primarily algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (the SAT generally only requires algebra and geometry knowledge). The ACT doesn't deduct for incorrect responses (like the SAT does) so another important skill to learn is how to eliminate incorrect answers in the event you are unsure of the correct answer. After eliminating known incorrect answers you can then make a more educated guess. In addition to helping you understand the material I can also help teach you test taking skills like the one just mentioned. When I took the ACT in high school I scored in the 99th percentile for math.

ACT Reading

The ACT reading section consists of four reading passages and a total of 40 questions. There is one passage of fiction, one social science passage, one humanities passage, and one natural science passage. The test section is intended to measure your reading comprehension so prior knowledge of the passage topics is not necessary. When I took the ACT in high school I scored in the 98th percentile for reading.

ACT Science

The science portion of the test is different than most other standardized college admission test topics. While having a strong background in science helps the test section is more a measure of reasoning and interpretation skills. As a result you can read a test passage that you had no previous knowledge about and still do quite well. The ACT doesn't penalize for incorrect responses (like the SAT does) so another important skill to learn is how to make educated guesses. In addition to helping you understand the material I can also help teach you relevant test taking skills. When I took the ACT in high school I scored in the 97th percentile for science.

Algebra 1

You probably solve algebra problems every day of your life but don’t realize it! Learning to not be intimidated and transferring how you already apply algebra in your life to the questions in your textbook help make algebra much easier.

AutoCAD

I've used many different releases of AutoCAD starting with AutoCAD 14 (released in 1997). I use the software on a daily to weekly basis while working as a civil engineer. I generally like to use (and suggest others learn by using) the command line since I find it makes using the program easier when upgrading to the latest version.

Civil Engineering

I am a registered professional engineer (PE) in Florida, Washington, and Arizona. I have been a PE since 2005 and my work has been focused mainly in the areas of water resources, hydrology, hydraulics, and utility design. I also have significant experience in road design, airfield design, pavement design, site design, construction management, and project management. I am also a LEED Accredited Professional. I have worked as a private consultant for the federal government and for small municipalities.

Geometry

Many people who struggle with algebra actually enjoy and understand geometry. You may find this is the case for you especially if you are a visual person.

GRE

My expertise is really only in the quantitative reasoning (essentially the math and data analysis) section of the GRE. I scored 790 out of 800 on this portion of the exam when I took it. As of August of 2011 the scoring system has changed to a new format where the maximum score is now 170.

Microsoft Access

Many people are intimidated by databases and as a result spend a lot of time using a spreadsheet to do the job a database is much better suited at. Setting up a database in Microsoft Access is not that difficult once you know the basics. I taught myself the software using online Microsoft help and various online Access forums. I am most familiar with MS Access 2007.

I have built simple to complex databases. The simplest databases just generated multiple reports from the given data. The most complex database I created essentially tracked all planning, design, and construction projects for an engineering and construction company. It included customized data entry forms, unique graphical interfaces for various employees, multitudes of interactive reports, etc.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Microsoft Excel on a nearly daily basis for more than 15 years. I have experience with advanced topics such as macros, statistics functions, logic functions (if statements, or statements, etc), look up & reference functions (index, offset, vlookup, etc), advanced filtering and sorting (including pivot tables), add-ins (conditional sum, solver, etc), conditional formatting, and Monte Carlos simulations (using random number generation). I occasionally write VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code, but I am not a VBA expert.

Microsoft Outlook

I've used Microsoft Outlook for over a decade. If you have used web based email before, it is easy to learn the more advanced features of Outlook. I can assist with everything from setting up and using a basic email account to more advanced topics such as automatically filtering emails.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have used Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations since the late 1990s. I can help teach you anything from the basics to slightly more advanced topics like inserting pictures, tables, charts, sound effects, and animations; embedding videos; adding hyperlinks; etc.

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project can be used for many different types of applications and is fairly easy and straightforward to learn, especially the basics. I've used it on and off for the past 12 years primarily for planning, scheduling, and tracking construction projects.

Microsoft Windows

I have used Microsoft Windows as my primary operating system since the mid 1990s. I started out using Windows 3.1 and have used most major releases since that time. While many people like to complain about Windows, there are many characteristics that are extremely useful.

Microsoft Word

I have used Microsoft Word as a word processor for about 20 years. I can help teach you anything from the basics to more advanced topics like customizing heading fonts and styles; inserting pictures, tables, charts, and captions; automatically creating tables of contents, tables of figures, and tables of tables; adding hyperlinks; tracking changes; adding page and section breaks; etc.

Precalculus

Pre-calculus (some schools also refer to it as analysis or algebra 3) is a course that helps prepare students for calculus. The topics covered vary to some degree, but general topics include number sets, complex numbers, polar coordinates, vectors, matrices, limits, more complex algebra, and trigonometry. I find some people struggle with it since a lot of the concepts expanded on are ones they learned years previously. Often a refresher on some of these topics will help them get back up to speed and more comfortable with the new material being introduced in the class.

SAT Math

The math you need to understand to earn a good score on the SAT is primarily algebra and geometry (the ACT has some trigonometry questions as well). You get penalized for incorrect answers so random guessing will almost certainly lower your score. However, if you can rule out some of the multiple choice answers you can reach a point where guessing can be beneficial to you. In addition to helping you understand the material I can also help teach you related test taking skills which will further help your score.

Soccer

I started playing soccer when I was six. I was an all-league midfielder in high school and played intercollegiate soccer (Division III). I have two years experience coaching youth soccer.

Track & Field

I was an all-state high school middle distance runner, primarily running the 800m and 1500m. I have developed training plans for distances ranging from 1 mile to a half marathon. I still run 20 to 30 miles a week. If you want to train for a 5K, 10K, or half marathon and are looking for a running coach I can help you!

Trigonometry

Once you gain an understanding of definitions, the basic laws (law of sines, cosines, tangents), and relationships trig is not that tough. However, it can be intimidating if you don’t really know where to start. I think I can help you figure out where to start.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Civil Engineering
University of Washington
Master's

Education

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (B.S.) (Civil Engineering)

University of Washington (Master's)

Awesome! — I am preparing for the GRE and had my first lesson with Kelly recently and he is very helpful and is knowledgeable about the subject matter. ...

— Aneilia, Pompano Beach, FL on 7/5/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

For locations further away than 10 miles (20 mile round trip) I typically request either a closer meeting place or that a portion of the driving time be added to the actual tutoring session time.

Travel policy

Kelly will travel within 10 miles of Pompano Beach, FL 33063.

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