Before a career in the US Army defense organization TRADOC, I was a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and coach in Iowa for six years. I taught courses ranging from remedial math to algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. I also regularly applied upper level mathematics in my duties as an Operations Research Analyst in federal

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Tom was great. My daughter Hailey gave him two thumbs up and after just one session she was able to have the light bulb go off for pre-ap Algebra II. I am so grateful that he could accommodate such short notice and come to our house to help her! We will definitely use him from now on with all her tutoring in math.

Tom, was very knowledgeable, organized, and understanding. He helped my son understand math, made it easy and even he gave him study note. Had given my one lesson so far, we are planning to continue to use Tom in the future.

Tom is thorough in his tutoring skill. He is also very approachable and easy to talk to. My son said Tom really helped him understand because no only does he teach, but he encourages him and helps build his self confidence. Thank you Tom.

We have used Tom all year and he was always prompt, patient and extremely helpful. He will be the first tutor we call if our son needs any type of math tutoring in the future.

Tom showed up ready to get down to business! He quickly assessed where she was having difficulty, and focused in on those areas. My daughter really liked his teaching style and that he was very patient. I am excited to see how the next tutoring sessions go, and to see the confidence in my child continue to build.

Tom is really a good tutor for my daughter and has not only helped her understand Algebra, but has encouraged her and given her confidence in her understanding. Her sessions with Tom have really eased her "math anxiety." The results are excellent - she has made "A's" in Algebra and is not afraid of math anymore. We are so happy we found Tom! He has been wonderful.

Takes his time. He can see where you are doing things incorrectly and shows you new ways to understand and work math problems.

If a retired math teacher cant get your kid caught up in school, I don't know who can. Tom has been great! He shows up on time ready to go to work. He knows his stuff and has even reviewed her material before the lesson. So far all really great stuff!

6/3/13

Tom has helped my daughter all semester with Algebra 1. He's been great! He's the kind of math teacher that kids like. He's readily available and flexible. If your kid needs help with Math, you should stop your search for a tutor right now and just contact Tom. He's everything you need. In fact, I'm a little apprehensive to let the Wyzant world know how great he is because I'm afraid he'll get booked up and wont have as much time for us. However, I feel for those kids who need help and really, you should look no further!

Tom has been our daughter's tutor for a few months now. He responded right away when we needed initial help and has worked with us to accommodate our ever-changing schedule. Tom is super-patient and really understands how to explain the Algebra process to a young teen in a way they will grasp the concepts. Thanks to Tom our daughter is back to being a great student and is feeling exceptionally confident- priceless for a parent.

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Algebra uses symbols to represent unknown numbers in order to solve problems.

Algebra 1 topics include:

- Beginning basics such as Order of Operations, Sets of Numbers, Operations on Rational Numbers, and the Distributive Property

- Equations

- Inequalities

- Proportions and Percents

- Linear Equations and Inequalities

- Systems of Equations and Inequalities

- Exponents

- Polynomials

- Factoring

- Quadratic Functions

- Rational and Radical Expressions

Algebra 2 subject matter includes a review of major Algebra 1 concepts and advanced algebra topics ranging from multi-step equations to trigonometry. Algebra 2 topics include:

- Equations and Inequalities

- Linear Relations and Functions

- Systems of Equations and Inequalities

- Matrices

- Complex Numbers

- Quadratic Functions and Inequalities

- Polynomial Functions

- Radical Functions and Rational Exponents, - Conic Sections

- Rational Expressions

- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

- Sequences and Series

- Introductory Trigonometry

For the mathematics portion of the GED exam, multiple sources of data are required to solve some of the questions. You can succeed on the exam by being able to take difficult questions and break them down into easier parts that you can more easily solve. The mathematics content areas include:

- Number operations and number sense.

- Data analysis, statistics, and probability.

- Algebra, functions, and patterns.

- Graphs, measurement and geometry.

Geometry is the study of the properties, measurement, and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. Geometry topics include:

- Review of Algebra

- The Basics of Lines, Angles and their Relationships

- Parallel Lines and the Coordinate Plane

- Congruent Triangles

- Properties of Triangles

- Quadrilaterals and Polygons

- Similarity

- Properties of Right Triangles

- The Basics of Trigonometry

- Surface Area and Volume

- Circles

- Transformations

- Constructions

Prealgebra is the bridge from arithmetic to algebra.

Topics covered include:

- Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, and Mixed Numbers

- Algebraic Expressions and Integers

- Equations

- Inequalities

- Factors, Fractions, and Exponents

- Ratios, Proportions, and Percents

- Linear Equations, Inequalities, and Systems

- Introduction to Geometry

- Solid Figures

- Right Triangles

- Polynomials

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