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Bridgewater State College, Mass Bay Community College
Because I have a love of children and teenagers, I have met with great success in teaching and tutoring. I was blessed with patience and kindness, which helps in explaining all phases of Math. I use the approach of mastering one step at a time because Math is a building block. If you do not pass one level as an example, it is not likely you will understand Algebra 1. I also believe in teaching the basic operations in Math, which is a prerequisite for higher Math.
My approach to teaching is a step-by-step method with the student taking notes and an example for each concept. This will serve as a reference if the student forgets. I teach ONE concept at a time with a sense of order. This is different than the approach to MCAS where subject matter is presented in a hurried fashion for the test.
My experience in tutoring Math expands over 25 years. I graduated college, cum laude, with a degree in Education. I taught in Brockton Public School for 3 years, K1, and substituted 2 years in Norwood, teaching all grades, all subjects. Because my husband bought a business, I then was CFO of his corporation for 21 years. During this time, my neighbors'
children and teens were failing Math and a business bloomed. I can provide references of the success that I had from Grades 6-12. As a result, EVERY person that I tutored raised their grades from D or F to B or A. This year was no exception. One student received an A minus and the other a B plus for the year in Grade 6.
All my Geometry and Algebra students, started with me in 8th grade and continued through high school. Each one was accepted to great colleges and are success stories. My record and experience makes me a tutor in demand.
Another success story is my own granddaughter, age 6. I started with the basics before she went to kindergarten this year. As a result, she was reading on a second grade level and her Math skills were above grade level. She certainly had the edge in her first formal year in school. Because I have a love of children and teenagers, I have met with great success in teaching and tutoring. I was blessed with patience and kindness, which helps in explaining all phases of Math. I use the approach of mastering one step at a time because Math is a building block. If you do not pass
Deborah is a wonderful, experienced and patient tutor. She has recently taught my sixth grade daughter how to count on a number line and find the area of many geometrical shapes (triangle, rectangle, trapezoid and parallelogram, etc.) with algebraic formulas. My daughter greatly appreciates Deborah's low/no stress method of teaching and her patience in conveying math subject matter in a different teaching/learning style. I would highly recommend Deborah to anyone looking for a patient and knowledgeable math tutor!
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For 25 years, I have been an Algebra and Geometry tutor. I teach all levels and if the student is not on grade level, I assess where he or she is. My background includes factoring, equations, quadratics, Pythagorean, linear functions, rational and irrational numbers, polynomials, and fractions. I start and continue at the student's pace. I hand out a notebook; the student takes notes, and has a written example. By doing this, the student can refer back to his notebook for each concept taught. Lesson plans are for each student. I live nearby, have patience, and had a very successful record.
I have taught in a public school BEFORE there were IEP plans. I had entire classes of special needs students.
I have also identified and worked with all kinds of limitations. Before I was associated with WyzAnt, I was a private tutor with my own students. I have taught all levels of Math and reading.
I was an elementary school teacher for 3 years, a sub for 2 years and a private Math and Reading tutor for 25 years. I taught all phases of Math K-12 and I am certified in Algebra, Geometry, and reading.
I have infinite patience and use different techniques for success. For example, for writing, I always have a thesaurus to expand their vocabulary. For Math, I give each student a notebook and we write and learn one concept at a time with an example for each in the notebook. This way, the student can always refer back. Also, free of charge, I let my students call me at home if they are stuck on something. I go the extra mile.
I have tutored Geometry privately for almost 25 years with great success. ALL my students went from a D to a B during the school year. A few even received an A. I use a step by step approach with notes and examples. I give them a notebook and we start each lesson with a topic and examples. I do not do homework until I teach each concept. If the student forgets, he or she can refer to the notebook. My method has worked without fail. We also make vocabulary flash cards because I feel "writing is remembering". There is so much material in Geometry in terms that I had to think of a way for each student to remember.
Qver the years, I have taken courses in 3 foreign languages besides English. This allowed me to excel in English grammar. For the last 25 years, I have been a private tutor in math and reading to all ages.
I helped nurses pass their English writing so they could finish their degrees. I took Latin for 6 years and was excellent in both English and grammar.
I have tutored linear Algebra as part of the high school curriculum over a span of 25 years. This includes matrices, discriminants, vectors, etc.
In general, I have had success in all phases of Math including this topic.
I have treated this topic as all others with notes, explained step by step, and examples in a notebook which I even provide. I do not do homework until this is done.
To me, the explanation is more important than the homework. I start over if I see the blank look on the student's face.
I use consonant as boys with a "catchy" identification such as B has beautiful button, D has delicious donuts, etc. I had much success with inner city children and this program to learn to decode and read. The girls are vowels-Miss A says "ATCHOO" with her finger under her nose; Miss I has poison ivy and is "itchy all the time-I have infinite patience also
I taught K-1 for 3 years with inner city students, who were very behind in their skills. This took patience and knowledge to get them to decode and read using phonics. I am very animated so I kept their poor attention span going to reach the goal.
Besides that, I taught them to print and do fundamental Math. I taught reading 4 hours a day, besides the regular curriculum. I also taught sight words using games such as Bingo, Jeopardy, and role playing.
I had great success using the "Letter People" concept, along with traditional techniques. I also included blends, digraphs, long vowels, and every aspect of K-! reading fundamentals.
I have taught reading in the public schools and privately. I am certified in 11 subjects including reading. I can teach comprehension, decoding words, special needs, help in vocabulary, and sight words. I would also do an assessment to see what level the student is on as opposed to his actual grade level I have been a Reading and Math tutor privately for 25 years. My patience and experience is my biggest asset.
For 25 years, I have tutored privately and before that, I was a K-1 teacher BEFORE there was special needs. In essence, I was the special needs teacher, who had to diagnose and refer those children. I had deaf, poor speech, ADHD, and have been experienced in every phase of learning. I worked with middle and high school in Math but on a one to one basis, I picked up problems that the classroom teacher because I saw them privately and face to face.
I reported the poor attention span, poor retention, and other findings. Eventually the school and parent identified the diagnosis and the school and I worked together. These children get lost in the mix and will always need one to one. I also suggest that they take tests not in the classroom and are given more time to finish. Each case is individual and needs to be treated as such.
Study skills start with organization and the willingness to learn these skills by a step by step Most students that do poorly have this issue. A disciplined and routine works the best. I suggest a LARGE binder with each subject marked by different color tabs. If you use a single notebook, it is bound to be lost.
In addition, the notebook should have pockets to keep assignments completed. An agenda book should be added so that there is a calendar and blocks, so one can write each individual assignment or . These students are usually very forgetful . He or She can write, GYM bring sneakers.
I have a Math student on an IEP plan. I have worked with her for 5 years all through repetition, she has a B+ in Math, and is an honor roll student. She still has her moments but she finally gets what she has to do each day for success.