University of North Dakota (Civil Engineering)
With experience in the classroom, as well as one-on-one tutoring, I have a varied background in lesson planning and presentation. I value flexibility in approach, and tailor my lessons to the individual, so that the student is succeeding at a pace that encourages sustained improvement, rather than completing a generic checklist. I have been licensed as an Earth and Space Science teacher, and also have a Civil Engineering degree. I am proficient at most math and science subjects.
With experience in the classroom, as well as one-on-one tutoring, I have a varied background in lesson planning and presentation. I value flexibility in approach, and tailor my lessons to the individual, so that the student is succeeding at a pace that encourages sustained improvement, rather than completing a generic checklist. I have been
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A first course in algebra requires connecting arithmetic with more symbolic mathematical representations. Graphing techniques are encouraged to visually emphasize these relationships. Concepts of equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, and quadratic equations are explored.
Algebra II builds upon foundational algebraic concepts advancing the study of functions, equations, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational and radical equations, complex numbers, sequences and series, analytical geometry, conic sections, and logarithms.
Astronomy is a broad subject that is usually broken down into two distinct and more manageable groups. First is the solar system, involving the Sun, Earth, moon system, comparative planetary studies, non-planetary objects, and theories of structure and formation. Secondly are topics beyond the solar system including characteristics of light, methods of astronomical data collection and analysis, star sequences and classification, galaxy types, and advanced topics such as relativity.
Biology provides the foundation for investigating biochemical life processes, cellular organization, mechanisms of inheritance, dynamic relationships among organisms, and the change in organisms through time. Examples of topics to be explored include: cell structure, organic chemical groups, DNA structure, DNA replication, protein synthesis, rudimentary anatomical systems functions and processes, classification and bio-diversity.
Chemistry is typically an early rigorous science class, providing a platform for development of scientific reasoning, explanations of nature that are developed and tested using observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes. Scientific explanations are based on logical thinking, emphasized by mathematical relationships and computational methods of data analysis. Key concepts include: the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical and physical properties, conservation of energy and matter, chemical formulas, balanced equations, bonding types, reaction types molar relationships, Avogadro’s principle, solution concentrations, acid/base theory, ideal gas law, and specific heat.
I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, as well as having passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE), with a Civil Engineering emphasis.
Coursework available for tutoring includes the following topics: Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Structural Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, and Surveying.
All of these subjects were part of my degree curriculum. In addition, I have 3+ years of work experience in inspecting and managing construction activities, involving many real world applications of the aforementioned topics.
Geology, the study of the Earth, requires knowledge of rocks, minerals, and natural resources, but largely as a basis for examining the profound systems and processes that lead to a dynamic home world. Erosional forces, plate tectonics, meteorology, oceanography, historical geology are all intersecting topics that play a role in understanding the Earth.
With 4 years of classroom experience as an earth science teacher, I have a wealth of educational resources matched only by my passion for the subject.
Geometry includes properties of geometric figures including lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, and circles. Geometry also involves the development of graphical representations of algebraic concepts. Also of fundamental importance is the logic and reasoning aspect of justifying conclusions by proofs.
Physical Science provides an understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Major areas covered include the organization and use of the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The concepts are presented as introductory fundamental principles of science at a middle school level, with only the most basic of math skills required.
Physics emphasizes a more complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of reasoning and logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics is fundamental, including algebra, trigonometry, and vectors. Depending on the student’s academic level, calculus may be applied to concepts as well. Physics concepts include: laws of motion, velocity, acceleration, work, energy, momentum, wave properties, light and sound models, electricity and magnetism.
Study skills as a general category is a basis for all classroom teachers. During my 4 year tenure as a high school teacher, I emphasized study skills, frequently working with students one one one. In my former school, we also implemented a special course (which I taught) meant to assist 9th graders in transitioning to a more rigorous high school level of performance.
The course of trigonometry explores trigonometric definitions, functions, applications, graphing, and solving trigonometric equations and inequalities. Applications using connections between right triangle ratios, the unit circle, trigonometric functions, identities and circular and periodic functions are developed for real world applications such as plane geometry (surveying) and electrical & signal processing.