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My name is William. I am 61 years old and just recently a returning Peace Corps volunteer, who served two years in Africa as a business consultant and instructor in mathematics and computer applications. Prior to my service overseas I was a licensed high school math teacher, certified as Highly Qualified, who taught in both the public and private sectors. My areas of expertise in math education entail all subjects at the high school and early college levels: Remedial Math, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. My experience also includes teaching computer applications, social studies, philosophy, and logic.
In addition to being a professional teacher I have also owned and operated my own tutoring company, specializing in mathematics for 6-12, as well as college level. Of course, every professional educator has a passion for teaching. But tutoring, being more of a one-on-one activity, allows a teacher's skills and expertise to really come forward and have a greater impact on the learner. This is even more important with respect to learning mathematics, which is best seen as acquiring a skill through activity rather than merely being exposed to a long list of definitions, rules, and techniques to be memorized.
Having been a state certified highly qualified math teacher I am certainly competent to teach all high school level math subjects: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. However, my other education, experience, and expertise enables me to bring so much more to the learner's math experience. Having been a systems analyst in the corporate world I have the knowledge to integrate technology and real-world applications to the teaching of math. In addition, my graduate school work in the foundations of mathematics and logic allows me to teach math with an eye towards developing a learner's high order thinking skills, which is applicable to not only mathematics but any subject matter whatsoever.
As a math tutor I recognize that the aim of tutoring sessions is best seen as a complement to the learner's classroom instruction. Tutoring should not be conducted in a vacuum, but rather with complete knowledge of the course text, the teacher's approach in class, any weekly requirements, and the forms of assessment (tests, both formative and summative). In short, the role of the tutor is to not only teach math, but to enable the learner to perform better in his or her particular course.
As a tutor my goal is to improve the learner's classroom performance...that is, higher grades. This, I believe, is best achieved by the tutor working in association with the course instructor, adhering to the course curriculum, reinforcing the lessons of the classroom, and imparting study habits and test-taking strategies that will help reduce 'math anxiety' that so often prevents most learner's from achieving their full potential in math. My name is William. I am 61 years old and just recently a returning Peace Corps volunteer, who served two years in Africa as a business consultant and instructor in mathematics and … Read more
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