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I am a math major at Montgomery College, Silver Spring, where I tutor part-time for the College in the great algebra lab and in …
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It is normal for Algebra to present a big challenge for many, even most students, those of us who either don't take to mathematics naturally, or like myself, find the difficulties quite frustrating, seemingly at times even prohibitively so.

Patience with one's progress and persistence are both required to learn algebra. We all remember the problems we had with the multiplication table, right?

However, there are ways to deal with the challenge without being completely demoralized. Most importantly is a commitment of time. Nobody learns algebra overnight, and it relies heavily on a solid foundation in arithmetic, just like algebra provides a foundation for further steps up the great pyramid of mathematics.

Another big factor in learning algebra is the simple fact that there are certain things that one must have a command of before even attempting the next things. Although the names have changed, Algebra I skills are still definitely prerequisites for learning algebra II.

My approach to teaching algebra is to emphasize these two main points and to implement them in the lessons.

I try to project some calm and consideration for each of my students' predicament, and hopefully even make the effort an enjoyable and certainly a rewarding experience.

Don't worry. If you learned the multiplication table, you can learn (or relearn) algebra!

If you liked algebra I, you will love algebra II. Algebra II is mainly just an extension of algebra I, where we focus on more representations of what you already know from advanced arithmetic, namely exponents and logs. These numbers are manipulated in algebra II just like integers are in algebra I.

We also include some more tricks like finding the solution to two linear equations at the same time (hint: it's where the lines cross!), and quadratic equations, which form parabolas, as well as a lot of other fun stuff!

Okay, okay, if you are one of those unfortunate people who don't already love mathematics, and you know who you are, it might be a stretch to use the word 'fun' here. But if you are willing to invest enough time, and if you have the patience it takes to learn anything that's worth learning, you can sail through algebra II with the same wind that got you through algebra I.

And having a knowledgeable and sympathetic tutor won't hurt either!

Best of luck!

John

Biology is one of the fastest changing subjects out there today. And unlike many fields, there are also plenty of jobs - once one completes ones' education. Next semester I will be taking microbiology and genetics here at Montgomery College, both prerequisites for the last required course for the associate's degree: Nucleic Acid Methods. Great fun!

I enjoy teaching adults and children, especially those who, like me, are more interested in learning the material than anything else.

But since syllibuses are set up for a reason, usually a good reason, we will cover things systematically in in our sessions - by the book.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

John

Chemistry is one of the most interesting of the exact sciences. But it can also be one of the more difficult to master. It all depends on several factors including how complicated the teacher wants to make it. It doesn't have to be impossible to understand, but you would never know that when you listen to some lectures. There is a certain sequence of steps that one must take to progress to the next steps. For example, understanding the periodic table should be among the first things. Once you have a handle on that, many other aspects of chemistry fall into place.

Modern chemistry also contains a lot of physics and math too. On the one hand, this makes it a lot more interesting. But this also demands a lot of attention to details such as basic quantum theory, and most of all the calculations.

If you are ready to devote the required time and full attention to studying chemistry, you will certainly be able to learn it and succeed in your class work and professionally.

I have a wealth of experience with the special problems facing anyone learning English as a second language, having travelled extensively in Russia, where I taught English, and in Eretria, where to my surprise almost everybody spoke English surprisingly well.

I have also taught English to foreign students here in the Washington, D.C. area.

In addition to that, my wife being from Ethiopia, also speaks very well, but of course runs into communication problems by way of idioms and usage as well as pronunciation, and of course, everybody's favorite English problem: spelling.

I have read widely in American and British English literature and non-fiction and technical material. And so I am quite familiar with various levels of English in all four aspects: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

And as I have read a lot of prose that has been translated into English, it also sheds light on how matters of style and usage are different in different cultures.

All of this adds up to the level of rapport and the technical skill that I can offer you to help you master English as a second language.

Physical Science is really the best of all. If you want to find out how things work, from the tiniest imaginable thing, even tinier than anyone can imagine, you want physical science. But then, if you want to find out how the very immense things like stars and galaxies work--same thing, physical science. And everything in between, too. And you can study physics at any level, too. And maybe the most interesting thing of all is how with all the discoveries that have been made, there is still plenty of new stuff to discover! It seems endless! And you can apply any amount of math to it, the more the better, or very little. So stop reading this and Google "Higgs Boson!"

I started playing piano before I could walk. Some of my earliest memories are crawling around under my mother's piano.

To this day, I am totally enamored and amazed with the piano and how it works and how it sounds and most of all the fantastic amount of fine music for the piano.

My teachers include Esther Howe, of Silver Spring, Anne Liva at Wilkes College, Pa, Wes Walker also of Silver Spring, Wendell Margrave at the Washington Musical Institute, and Marilyn Neeley at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

I have played concerts in Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, and in Russia, with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic.

I have taught piano lessons for many years, privately and at the Washington Musical Institute.

My emphasis is on keyboard technique and on reading music (both clefs), full acoustical keyboard (all 88 keys in working order) and only "classical" music. There are some very interesting "classical" pieces accessible for about grade 4 or above.

I teach adults and children, but not beginners because there are many other ways to learn the basics.

Prealgebra is really just glorified arithmetic. If you can do arithmetic and have a handle on the multiplication table up to 10 without using a calculator or fingers, you should be in good shape to start prealgebra. From there, it's a natural step to take to the real deal, algebra I. Then, of course there's algebra II and the rest. Also great fun (for some of us).

Even if you are one of these people for whom math represents a great hassle, I can probably help out there too, because it depends a great deal on how you and your teacher are approaching the challenges.

Trigonometry is one of the most interesting of maths. Trig is based on the consistent ratios among three sides of right triangles, and thus the name, trig goes way beyond that and it turns up in the most surprising ways in nature and in higher math.

At the high school level, trig can be understood as the three main functions, sine, cosine, and tangent, and a lot can be done with these numbers. Later on(or right now for that matter, or as soon as you are ready,) we find identities that are sometimes surprising but are necessary and very useful, in fact critical, for solving all kinds of problems in engineering and calculus! Probably the most surprising of all is the way the trig functions can be represented as sums of infinite series!

But for now, we mainly work on the fundamental three trig functions and their inverses, cotangent, secant and cosecant, which will amaze anybody with the patience, and the time to put into it, which can be a lot like work, to understand these most important, useful and amazing numbers.

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