Ball State University (Math and Physics)
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (Graduate Coursework)
I taught AP Calculus during a year when my school was designated by the College Board as #1 in the world for Advanced Placement scores. I sponsored JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) teams that placed #1 in California and #1 in the nation in engineering competitions. In a recommendation, the department chair stated, "I could always tell which of my students had Judy the previous year. They were generally the students who were the more independent learners and who were, without a doubt, well prepared. . . What makes Judy a terrific teacher and tutor is her approach to students and her caring. Judy can make something mundane seem fun."
In addition to 20 years classroom teaching, I spent 15 years writing and managing software for satellite mission control. I was nominated by Rockwell as subcontract manager of the year and was treated to a VIP viewing of a shuttle launch. My combination of academic and industrial experience makes me uniquely qualified to bring real-world applications to math and physics education. I am well acquainted with current teaching texts and methods, including the use of calculators and computers for computation, graphing, analysis, and exploration.
I volunteered at a Youth Counseling Center in Pittsburgh. The program manager wrote of me, "She's one of those exceptional teachers who can explain concepts in ways that even the most math-challenged students are able to comprehend." In the classroom and in tutoring I have taught all high school math subjects, as well as physics and computer science. Every student thinks and learns in individual ways. My greatest success in working with students is when I can help them identify approaches that will bring them success and self-confidence. I taught AP Calculus during a year when my school was designated by the College Board as #1 in the world for Advanced Placement scores. I sponsored JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) teams that placed #1 in California and #1 in the nation in engineering competitions. In a recommendation, the department chair stated, "I could always tell
Judy has been absolutely amazing. I was struggling in my college Calculus course, and making an appointment with her was the best decision of my semester! She didn't just go over the procedures with me - she made sure I understood the concepts fully. She was able to hone in on the things I struggled with most, and reintroduced the ideas to me in ways I could better understand. She is extremely patient and enthusiastic, and I loved my lessons with her!
Judy worked with my college student to pass a college math class. She is prompt, eager to help, ensures the concepts are understood and has helped raise the grade to a soaring level. Also, Judy was willing to meet my student in a public place since my student doesn't have a car on campus. Highly recommend her!
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She is very kind and very contientious. She summarized a handout of most important formulas for me based on my situation. She is also very patient and friendly.
My son really enjoyed his tutoring with Judy and that is hard to do with pre-calc. She was very patient and explained concepts in a manner which he understood. He left feeling confident about the lessons that they reviewed.
Judy is very patient and knowledgeable, she was everything we expected from her profile and my daughter really enjoyed working with her.
Judy tutored me in AP Calculus and Honors Physics. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. Judy helped me with derivatives, Newton Laws, and many other concepts for both of these classes.
Judy understands Geometry very well and how to apply it. She was excellent in identifying my son's strengths and weaknesses after just one tutoring session.
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Judy is a kind and patient tutor. She truly cares if I succeed. She always spent more time with me and never watched the clock. She explains concepts well.
Judy explains the material very well and my son is really starting to understand the concepts. His grade in Advanced Calculus is improving and I am very pleased with his progress after only a few tutoring sessions. She has a strong background in Calculus and has taught it for many years. Judy is an excellent tutor who is both friendly and reliable. I would highly recommend her!
We can't begin to describe how excited and pleased we are with the tutoring services that Judy has been providing to our daughter. Although she does very well in math, she seemed to be struggling with new concepts, as well as forgetting the basics that she learned prior to this year's Algebra I class. We enlisted Judy's services after reading her information here, and meeting with her in person. She has been a fantastic tutor and an immeasurable help to our daughter thus far. Judy has a sense of what the student is "missing" in their basic understanding of mathematical concepts, and not only helps with the current lessons, but re-teaches and reinforces what is needed to continue progression in the subject.
Additionally, Judy's love of math is contagious, and she has actually helped my daughter with "feeling" what the answers should be, which has made the computation much easier. Judy not only uses my daughter's own text books and worksheets, but she always has additional materials available to use, making the sessions more fun and helping to fully immerse her in the concepts that Judy is teaching her.
We could not be more happy with our choice of a tutor for our daughter, and feel truly blessed. We know that she feels much more confident in her classroom, and she looks forward to her tutoring sessions weekly so she can stay ahead of the "eight ball"!
Judy J. is an excellent tutor. She was able to quickly identify the weak point of my son, and fix the problem. She breaks down the concepts very well, and teaches how something works very well. She also is a very friendly and kind person, and is always on time for lessons. I strongly recommend her.
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I help students put tangible meaning to the abstractness of algebra. I encourage them to see variables as numbers and to experience numbers as having size and order. I use the calculator as a tool for exploration and analysis. Overall, I emphasize acquiring number sense, understanding not just memorizing, organizing work for accuracy , and appreciating real world applications.
Algebra 2 serves as an entryway into advanced math, science, finance, healthcare and more. This course extends Algebra 1 into non-linear functions such as exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. I employ the calculator as an invaluable tool for analyzing these functions, but I also encourage students to maintain a "feel for the road" through adequate hands-on problem solving. Having developed software for satellite ground control, I can share my experience using math in the real world.
Calculus introduces students to the concepts of limits and opens a whole new world of mathematical solutions such a instantaneous rates and areas/volumes of irregular figures. Many students find applying precalculus skills accurately more difficult than the actual calculus concepts themselves. I ensure review and practice of "rusty" skills and at the same time emphasize calculus concepts. This two-pronged approach has been very successful in guiding my students toward high exam scores and success in current or future college courses.
Basic to geometry is understanding relationships between parts of geometric figures and computing their measurements. Visual and word skills, as well as computational skills, are needed for success. I help students to know what they are seeing in a figure and to find a logical path to connect the "Given" to the "Prove" in a proof. I share with them my real-world experience of using geometry in developing satellite software for solar panel orientation.
Precalculus is fashioned to prepare students for calculus and other advanced math and science courses. Many students find it a rather "gown-up" math course compared to previous ones. It investigates polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and explores circular trigonometry, vectors, matrices, series, sequences, and probability. I have enjoyed teaching this course in three different high schools and know how to help students "catch up" and "keep up."
At the first lesson, the student and I work side by side on a sample test. I identify strengths and weaknesses in the student's math, reading, calculator, and problem-solving skills. We then develop an individualized plan for further study and practice. I encourage students and parents to set up early practice in a no-pressure environment, focusing on obtaining correct answers; timing and scoring more effectively come nearer the test date.
This trigonometry course extends the concepts of right-triangle trig to other geometric figures and develops the functional, real-number concepts of circular trig. I evaluate and address algebra 2 skills for solving trig equations and proving identities. I encourage the use of the graphing calculator for understanding the nature of trigonometric functions as the parameters are changed and for solving trig equations not easily solvable by algebraic techniques. Having used trig in developing software for satellite solar panel orientation, I have perspective to share on real-world applications of sinusoidal behavior.