Math and Science Tutoring, ACT Preparation
Math and Science Tutoring, ACT Preparation
I think I have a unique qualifications to reach and tutor students that need help. I have a lifetime of experience in science, math, and social studies working as an economist, operations research analyst and as a researcher in the U.S. D.A. Forest Service before retiring a few years ago. I tutored neighbor kids part time for several years prior to retiring and found I really enjoyed helping out. I have decided to dedicate the next part of my life to help guide and direct students drawing...
I think I have a unique qualifications to reach and tutor students that need help. I have a lifetime of experience in science, math, and social studies working as an economist, operations research analyst and as a researcher in the U.S. D.A. Forest Service before retiring a few years ago. I tutored neighbor kids part time for several years prior to retiring and found I really enjoyed helping out. I have decided to dedicate the next part of my life to help guide and direct students drawing upon my love of the students, practical experience, and desire to improve the kids understanding of math, science, and social studies.
I love tutoring kids in the basics of math, science, social sciences and test preparation. The individual math subjects that I enjoy are: fifth through eighth grade math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-calculus math. I've tutored students in math for several years, including students attending public school, private school, and those who are home schooled. I started out working with a home school student that I tutored 2-3 times a week during her 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. When she came to me, she hated math, but by the time we finished and she went to public school, her entrance exam was highest in math and she was placed in honors classes.
I really enjoy working with math students and it's always a challenge trying to figure out how a student see the problems and how to help them to get the insight to tackle problems. I try to focus on what each student thinks and how they see the problem. I encourage them to use memory devises to remember the proper way to solve problems and I try to teach short cuts that might be easier to remember or to speed up their test taking skills.
I have found that many elementary and junior high schools fail to adequately prepare students for the skills they need to move forward to high school and college. Limited instructional time, following a state mandated time schedule and agenda, and disciple problems in the class rooms can leave huge gaps in the kid's education. I remember my first session tutoring an 8th grade student who did not know how to multiply or divide 3 or 4 digit numbers. How he was missed in a fairly decent public school system was remarkable. He was a quick learner, mastering both techniques in one session, so it wasn't the student's ability that held him back.
I do believe that grade school and junior high teachers have caused an unhealthy dependency on the use of calculators in math classes even in the simple problems. I once asked an elementary student to solve a simple subtraction. They asked for a calculator, I said no. They asked to borrow my fingers, I said no. Finally they used slash marks and an eraser to solve the simple subtraction (13 - 8). At an 8th grade level, I've recently encountered students that had no idea of how to solve simple pre-algebra math problems and knew no math facts. The teacher had issued times table charts that the kids were allowed to use during tests. That was at a good school. The kids will have no chance in high school math, unless they are reached soon.
These problems are an obvious opportunity for me to serve. It is very fulfilling to help out students overcome the obstacles they face. Once the kids pass on to the higher grades, the schools can't or won't teach them the basics. Tutoring gives the kids a second chance to be successful, and to master the subjects they have problems in.
Students taking the advanced math classes in high school may need a bit of help to keep up with the fast pace of classes. Parents may not feel comfortable helping with Algebra II, or Pre-Calculus. That's another niche I enjoy fulfilling.
A key element for success for the students is a willingness to work. A key role of the tutor is encouragement. Tutors and parents need to be positive and try to keep the student working and believing in themselves. It's easy to be discouraged and I think many kids would rather act like a trouble maker or lazy rather than think they aren't as intelligent as they think. The dirty little secret is that the students are generally very bright and ready to learn. They just need to be guided to success and feel a sense of accomplishment that becomes self-motivating.
I love to have an opportunity to help your student, and if you are interested, contact me through this group and let's get started.
Rodney has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 19 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Amazing. You will never be disappointed with this man!
My daughter has been struggling in algebra. We just moved to Louisiana and the math system here was giving us a headache as well as bad grades for my child. After two sessions, my daughter is excited about math again, learning so much and excited to attend tutoring sessions! We live in Mandeville and went through several tutors. This man is so awesome, it is worth the hour round trip drive!Mary, 16 lessons with Rodney
Dr. B. was very understanding and informative. I learned so much in only one hour. Highly recommend for any ACT or SAT help.Katlynd , 4 lessons with Rodney
Me Rodney was patient and my son felt comfortable asking questions. Will definitely be scheduling future tutoring sessions. Thanks Mr Rodney!Kelly, 8 lessons with Rodney
Helpful and knowledgeable tutor
Dr. B. has been extremely helpful with my daughter’s Algebra 2 homework and tests. She’s never had a good math teacher since elementary school. Dr. B. is patient and willing to explain the concepts behind the equations and formulas.Rhonda, 4 lessons with Rodney
Paitent and well prepared with Stats
Rodney was excellent; well prepared, knowledgeable and patient. He was early and ready to go, only wish I had contacted him a few weeks ago before I got behind. Thx!Taylor, 2 lessons with Rodney
Rodney is very helpful and has a lot of knowledge with tutoring. He goes out of his way to help. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help with Algebra 3. He makes himself available and very reliable.Tiffany, 14 lessons with Rodney
Professional and Friendly Tutor
Rodney was great! I was enrolled in a finance class that was giving me a lot of trouble. He showed up on time to the session, he was very well prepared, and he had a solid lesson planned for that hour. He printed out the power points that I gave him from the class lecture and went through the problems step by step. He asked me questions to make sure that I understood. If I didn't understand he was very patient and went back to review. He is also great with time management and it is easy to schedule a tutoring session with him. Nice guy, and great tutor, I strongly recommend him.Rebekah, 1 lesson with Rodney
Currently taking a corporate tax class and needed some extra help to work though some concepts. Rodney had already worked through a problem for me before we even started our session! He walked me through the process and explained each step as he went. I feel his explanation was much better than the instructor teaching my class. He is an excellent tutor and I will definitely contact Rodney again the next time I need additional help.Leanne, 1 lesson with Rodney
Knowledgeable and patient
he has giving me a better understanding of the accounting process . show you Sept by Sept what you need to do show you how to check your answer. use example and illustrationNoemi , 6 lessons with Rodney
Excellent For Grad Students
This was my first time using this service. I was a little concerned about the experience and if this service would help. After spending a day with Rodney, the whole experience was very pleasant and it produced great results. I really appreciated Rodney's flexibility in scheduling. Rodney, can adjust his tutor schedule during the summer with just a text message. Rodney really expects you to be prepared and attempt to learn your stuff. I did not know Rodney previously, but I can attest to his good work and reputation.Kevin, 23 lessons with Rodney
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