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Bob P.

Portland, ME

$30/hour

Experienced Math Tutor

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10+ Hours
4.5 average from 2 ratings

$30/Hour


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Yale College

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Yale College

About Bob

I have been a math tutor at the High School and Middle School levels for many years. Currently, I have an Ed Tech III designation in the State of Maine and have had a background/criminal history check. I have been fingerprinted by the State.
As a teacher/tutor, my focus has always been on helping students to see what they are doing and not just repeat rote procedures. I try to emphasize simple approaches like the power of "1". We use it to reduce fractions or add/subtract fractions by getting common denominators. Those fractions may be numerical or algebraic but the basic process is the same.
The Pythagorean formula is another situation where mistakes are avoided and understanding enhanced when we learn it a slightly different way. Students often know "a" squared + "b" squared is = "c" squared and a lot of mistakes can be avoided by simply knowing "leg" squared + "leg" squared is = hypotenuse squared. I really love it when I see the "light go on" and people sense they can really understand a concept.
Confidence is so often an issue in students who have struggled with the subject. They may have had a bad experience earlier in their school experience and it has made them "fear" math. It is my firm belief that any student can have success with the basic elements of High School math. That is my goal.
I have been a math tutor at the High School and Middle School levels for many years. Currently, I have an Ed Tech III designation in the State of Maine and have had a background/criminal history check. I have been fingerprinted by the State.
As a teacher/tutor, my focus has always been on helping students to see what they are doing and not
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Portland, ME 04102
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Art:
Theater
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Theater

My wife and I started a Theatre company in 1980 which became incorporated in 1986 and is still operating. We are transitioning away from the Theatre and relocating to Portland Maine. My wife has taught at the SUNY at Potsdam for 16 years. I have also taught courses there and the Theatre initiated many educational outreach programs. My Theatre and/or Educational resumes are available upon request.

Yale College

Education

Yale College

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bob will travel within 15 miles of Portland, ME 04102.