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Judy J.

East Lansing, MI

$50/hour

#1 Achievements in Math and Science Education

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700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/12/11
5.0 average from 308 ratings
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— Melissa, Butler, PA on 12/17/16

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Ball State University
Math and Physics
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Graduate Coursework

Education

Ball State University (Math and Physics)

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (Graduate Coursework)

About Judy

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of East Lansing, MI 48823
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Judy is a life-saver!"

- Melissa, Butler, PA on 12/17/16

"Very good tutor and easy to work with"

- Coral, San Juan Capistrano, CA on 11/2/17

"Very patient"

- Vanessa, Howell, MI on 11/2/17

"Thanks Judy"

- Magie, Dewitt, MI on 9/28/17

"Extremely helpful and kind"

- Melissa, Wexford, PA on 10/17/16

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Michelle, Cranberry Twp, PA on 7/25/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Cindy, Wexford, PA on 1/22/16

"Great tutor!"

- Linette, Cranberry Twp, PA on 12/11/15

"Very happy!"

- Ayuna, Pittsburgh, PA on 11/1/15

"Patient and adaptive tutor"

- Alma, Mars, PA on 5/31/15

"Makes a good connection with the student"

- Becky, Allison Park, PA on 10/10/13

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Chuck, Saxonburg, PA on 5/30/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Amy, New Kensington, PA on 5/6/13

"Excellent Math Tutor"

- Stephanie, Gibsonia, PA on 3/6/12

"Math Wizard"

- Richard, Cranberry Twp, PA on 2/29/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Yoko, Pittsburgh, PA on 12/1/11
Test Preparation:
SAT Math

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Algebra 1

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

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

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.

Geometry

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

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."

SAT Math

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.

Trigonometry

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.

Ball State University
Math and Physics
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Graduate Coursework

Education

Ball State University (Math and Physics)

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (Graduate Coursework)

Judy is a life-saver!

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 pat

— Melissa, Butler, PA on 12/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Judy will travel within 15 miles of East Lansing, MI 48823.