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Gabriel V.

Master Mathematics and Science Teacher, ACT/SAT Test Prep Tutor

Master Mathematics and Science Teacher, ACT/SAT Test Prep Tutor

$50/hour

  • 2,480 hours tutoring

About Gabriel


Bio

As a teacher of mathematics and science for twenty years, tutoring has helped me to keep grounded in what I really enjoy, teaching. I have tutored K-8 math and science, from PreAlgebra to Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. I am uniquely qualified for ACT/SAT college entrance exam prep and work for a popular tutoring company who has won awards. I am an experienced upper-level Kumon math instructor and foster strong performance from students on selective enrollment test prep (SSAT, ISEE) and...

As a teacher of mathematics and science for twenty years, tutoring has helped me to keep grounded in what I really enjoy, teaching. I have tutored K-8 math and science, from PreAlgebra to Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. I am uniquely qualified for ACT/SAT college entrance exam prep and work for a popular tutoring company who has won awards. I am an experienced upper-level Kumon math instructor and foster strong performance from students on selective enrollment test prep (SSAT, ISEE) and curricula such as AOPS and math/science contests like Kangaroo Math, Math Counts, and Science Olympiad. In addition, I have helped students on ELA curriculum including reading, writing, grammar, and spelling.

I understand the importance of teaching content, but more important are the good habits that are acquired through tutoring like order, practice, and hard work to develop deep understanding and thirst for knowledge instead of simply trying to complete tasks. In tutoring, I first create a comfortable environment by establishing a genuine repartee. Tutoring should always be light and fun, and when good humor and a genuine interest in the learner are present, it facilitates engagement. I also instill good work and study habits by modeling them.

Most importantly though, my success is rooted in planning together with parents and communicating. I typically begin tutoring with the student's curriculum but am armed with a wide range of educational resources. I also believe that good questioning and listening are key pedagogical tools to build meaning. Understanding involves skills that allow students to be able to use a variety of strategies and actively show what they know by use of concrete objects, drawing and writing, therefore promoting many opportunities for making connections, problem solving, and higher-order thinking.

I am humbled by the trust placed in me in the important task of educating your child and will communicate with you throughout and work to the best of my ability to help your child succeed.


Education

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Mathematics Educatio
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Masters
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Graduate Coursework

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker and have taught Spanish language to students as a class and also tutoring. I have taught it as a language and in the content area (taught math in Spanish). Spanish is my first language and I am proud to share it with others. I also enjoy having conversations with my nieces and nephews in Spanish, even though they do not know Spanish fluently.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with students in reading and writing (3rd-5th grades) and am a firm believer that students learn reading and writing organically when they have opportunities to read what they like, can share what they know by writing, drawing, expression. The students I have worked with were eager to learn because they were sharing what the learned with others. They also became good readers and shared books and stories they enjoyed with one another. Reading and writing is easier when it is meaningful and about shared meanings.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

As an elementary math teacher and tutor I teach students conceptually, which means they do not have to relearn each year. I feel algorithms are important in learning math but learning how mathematics is developed is equally important for a good, solid understanding. These skills transfer to advanced mathematics. As you can see, I am a teacher and tutor of middle school and high school mathematics as well. In teaching and tutoring elementary math I feel that representations (pictures, drawing, manipulatives) are important as well as writing and proof in mathematics. I am a constructivist/Vygostky philosophically and believe that all students can achieve deep understandings of math as long as the learning environment promotes it.
Elementary Science

English

English

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 1 and believe the best way to learn is by developing the concepts being learned. I also feel it is important to follow where students are, because they know a lot already, and build from there. My style is Socratic/Vygotskian and stresses practice built on understanding.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 2 and enjoy helping students understand math. I am a constructivist building on what students know and helping them discover and self-regulate. I am a firm believer on solid conceptual understanding and feel this is so important in math. In other words simple memorization is not the best method to learn.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have tutored in Chemistry and enjoy the subject. I teach science and mathematics conceptually and feel that when you understand what and why you are doing something, simply memorizing is not helpful and unnecessary. I have always been drawn to Chemistry because of its' discrepant events (you don't always understand right away what you observe). I also can provide resources to help.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with students in reading and writing (3rd-5th grades) and am a firm believer that students learn reading and writing organically when they have opportunities to read what they like, can share what they know by writing, drawing, expression. The students I have worked with were eager to learn because they were sharing what the learned with others. They also became good readers and shared books and stories they enjoyed with one another. Reading and writing is easier when it is meaningful and about shared meanings.
Physics,

Physics

I have tutored students in Physics and am skilled in helping students understand how the laws of motion work. These include kinematics, energy, simple harmonic motion, momentum, gravitation, circular motion, waves, and electrostatics. I am able to apply the mathematics (calculus) involved in physics to show how the concepts and laws of motion are derived.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I am an experienced Prealgebra teacher and have tutored students in the subject. I believe that it is important to develop math concepts by using manipulatives, drawing, proof, etc. Mathematics is knowledge under construction and once developed is always there.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker and have taught Spanish language to students as a class and also tutoring. I have taught it as a language and in the content area (taught math in Spanish). Spanish is my first language and I am proud to share it with others. I also enjoy having conversations with my nieces and nephews in Spanish, even though they do not know Spanish fluently.
Calculus, English, Geometry, Precalculus

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker and have taught Spanish language to students as a class and also tutoring. I have taught it as a language and in the content area (taught math in Spanish). Spanish is my first language and I am proud to share it with others. I also enjoy having conversations with my nieces and nephews in Spanish, even though they do not know Spanish fluently.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taught ACT Math courses and also high school math. I build on strong conceptual understanding (Socratic and Vygotskian) to instill retention and know-how. I believe when students understand well they won't forget. I also stress mathematical proof, drawing (show what you know) and mathematical argument. A solid foundational in mathematics is fundamental for further work in mathematics and sciences.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 1 and believe the best way to learn is by developing the concepts being learned. I also feel it is important to follow where students are, because they know a lot already, and build from there. My style is Socratic/Vygotskian and stresses practice built on understanding.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 2 and enjoy helping students understand math. I am a constructivist building on what students know and helping them discover and self-regulate. I am a firm believer on solid conceptual understanding and feel this is so important in math. In other words simple memorization is not the best method to learn.
Physics,

Physics

I have tutored students in Physics and am skilled in helping students understand how the laws of motion work. These include kinematics, energy, simple harmonic motion, momentum, gravitation, circular motion, waves, and electrostatics. I am able to apply the mathematics (calculus) involved in physics to show how the concepts and laws of motion are derived.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I am an experienced Prealgebra teacher and have tutored students in the subject. I believe that it is important to develop math concepts by using manipulatives, drawing, proof, etc. Mathematics is knowledge under construction and once developed is always there.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I enjoy teaching and tutoring in Trigonometry as well as other mathematics classes. Trigonometry is more easily understood when one understands how the definition are derived. I always emphasize the unit circle and everything else pretty falls into place. I am a conceptual learner and therefore I promote deep conceptual understanding in my teaching/tutoring. I believe in a Socratic method of learning which involves instructional conversation that enables the learner to learn within proximity of their understanding (Vygotstky). Trigonometry has always been one of the math classes I have enjoyed teaching/tutoring the most.
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 1 and believe the best way to learn is by developing the concepts being learned. I also feel it is important to follow where students are, because they know a lot already, and build from there. My style is Socratic/Vygotskian and stresses practice built on understanding.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 2 and enjoy helping students understand math. I am a constructivist building on what students know and helping them discover and self-regulate. I am a firm believer on solid conceptual understanding and feel this is so important in math. In other words simple memorization is not the best method to learn.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have tutored in Chemistry and enjoy the subject. I teach science and mathematics conceptually and feel that when you understand what and why you are doing something, simply memorizing is not helpful and unnecessary. I have always been drawn to Chemistry because of its' discrepant events (you don't always understand right away what you observe). I also can provide resources to help.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with students in reading and writing (3rd-5th grades) and am a firm believer that students learn reading and writing organically when they have opportunities to read what they like, can share what they know by writing, drawing, expression. The students I have worked with were eager to learn because they were sharing what the learned with others. They also became good readers and shared books and stories they enjoyed with one another. Reading and writing is easier when it is meaningful and about shared meanings.
Physics,

Physics

I have tutored students in Physics and am skilled in helping students understand how the laws of motion work. These include kinematics, energy, simple harmonic motion, momentum, gravitation, circular motion, waves, and electrostatics. I am able to apply the mathematics (calculus) involved in physics to show how the concepts and laws of motion are derived.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I am an experienced Prealgebra teacher and have tutored students in the subject. I believe that it is important to develop math concepts by using manipulatives, drawing, proof, etc. Mathematics is knowledge under construction and once developed is always there.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker and have taught Spanish language to students as a class and also tutoring. I have taught it as a language and in the content area (taught math in Spanish). Spanish is my first language and I am proud to share it with others. I also enjoy having conversations with my nieces and nephews in Spanish, even though they do not know Spanish fluently.
Calculus, English, Geometry, Precalculus

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have tutored in Chemistry and enjoy the subject. I teach science and mathematics conceptually and feel that when you understand what and why you are doing something, simply memorizing is not helpful and unnecessary. I have always been drawn to Chemistry because of its' discrepant events (you don't always understand right away what you observe). I also can provide resources to help.
Physics

Physics

I have tutored students in Physics and am skilled in helping students understand how the laws of motion work. These include kinematics, energy, simple harmonic motion, momentum, gravitation, circular motion, waves, and electrostatics. I am able to apply the mathematics (calculus) involved in physics to show how the concepts and laws of motion are derived.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 1 and believe the best way to learn is by developing the concepts being learned. I also feel it is important to follow where students are, because they know a lot already, and build from there. My style is Socratic/Vygotskian and stresses practice built on understanding.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have taught/tutored in Algebra 2 and enjoy helping students understand math. I am a constructivist building on what students know and helping them discover and self-regulate. I am a firm believer on solid conceptual understanding and feel this is so important in math. In other words simple memorization is not the best method to learn.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have tutored in Chemistry and enjoy the subject. I teach science and mathematics conceptually and feel that when you understand what and why you are doing something, simply memorizing is not helpful and unnecessary. I have always been drawn to Chemistry because of its' discrepant events (you don't always understand right away what you observe). I also can provide resources to help.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with students in reading and writing (3rd-5th grades) and am a firm believer that students learn reading and writing organically when they have opportunities to read what they like, can share what they know by writing, drawing, expression. The students I have worked with were eager to learn because they were sharing what the learned with others. They also became good readers and shared books and stories they enjoyed with one another. Reading and writing is easier when it is meaningful and about shared meanings.
Physics,

Physics

I have tutored students in Physics and am skilled in helping students understand how the laws of motion work. These include kinematics, energy, simple harmonic motion, momentum, gravitation, circular motion, waves, and electrostatics. I am able to apply the mathematics (calculus) involved in physics to show how the concepts and laws of motion are derived.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker and have taught Spanish language to students as a class and also tutoring. I have taught it as a language and in the content area (taught math in Spanish). Spanish is my first language and I am proud to share it with others. I also enjoy having conversations with my nieces and nephews in Spanish, even though they do not know Spanish fluently.
Calculus, Geometry

Test Preparation

ACT Math

ACT Math

I have taught ACT Math courses and also high school math. I build on strong conceptual understanding (Socratic and Vygotskian) to instill retention and know-how. I believe when students understand well they won't forget. I also stress mathematical proof, drawing (show what you know) and mathematical argument. A solid foundational in mathematics is fundamental for further work in mathematics and sciences.

Examples of Expertise


Gabriel has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 7 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (688 ratings)
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Reviews


Knowledgeable and patient

Gabriel is helping my daughter with her math. She is doing well in school but I would like her to be more interested and challenged in math. After a couple of lessons with Gabriel I believe that he is exactly what I am looking for long-term as my daughter continues to progress in school. I highly recommend Gabriel.

Linda, 2 lessons with Gabriel

Assessment

Gabriel was able to gather what was needed from my child to determine need and recommend a textbook. Next session, now with a plan, I can rate having enough data. Thanks

Zuleika, 1 lesson with Gabriel

A great first lesson

Gabriel is helping my son with high school Geometry. My son was a little reluctant to try a private tutor, but Gabriel was able to engage him right away. They discussed and worked on problems together. To my surprise, my son responded well and stayed focused. After his first lesson, my son immediately expressed that he wanted to continue with this tutor. We can see that my son's confidence is growing. We are very happy that we found this tutor!

Rosie, 8 lessons with Gabriel

Knowledgeable and patient

Gabriel helped my daughter to study for her pre calculus test. She really liked working with him. She felt less anxious and more confident about her upcoming test. She would like to continue tutoring sessions with Gabriel

Yuliya, 2 lessons with Gabriel

Awesome first lesson

Gabriel was great. He was very personable and my daughter felt very comfortable. We look forward to working with him again. We are hoping to set up in person lessons in the future.

Jason, 5 lessons with Gabriel

Good Math tutor for my rising 6th grader

Gabriel is helping my son prepare for Math this coming year and going over what he covered in 5th grade. I like his teaching style as he knows how to incorprate fun breaks between sessions so my son looks forward to lessons. I am certain my son will be ready to excel in his new school.

Renee, 16 lessons with Gabriel

Good math tutor

Gabriel went through the problems with my son and explained how to solve the ones he didn't get right, but he also went over the ones he got right to make sure he was doing them in an efficient and thought out manner. Good teaching style for kids, I like that he used the board to explain the problems and he assigned homework.

Rajita, 17 lessons with Gabriel

Engaging Tutor

Gabriel met with my 4th grader to tutor him for math. Although it was the very first session, Gabriel connected with well with my son. Math is not the easiest topic for my son and Gabriel made it fun for him and helped him understand concepts a bit more simpler. I truly look forward to continued sessions with Gabriel in math and writing to start off. I believe that Gabriel may be exactly what I'm looking for long-term as my boys continue to progress in school. Thank you Gabriel!

Marie, 2 lessons with Gabriel

Great tutor

Gabriel has been tutoring my 10-year old for a few weeks now and has done a great job. He mixes math discipline and out-of-the-box thinking that has fit perfectly with my son's way of learning.

Manuel, 12 lessons with Gabriel
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$50/hour

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Response time: 54 minutes