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Vicksburg, MS

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Mr. B.'s Tutoring - All things are possible if you don't give up.

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Louisiana Tech University
BS Biomed. Eng.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Louisiana Tech University (BS Biomed. Eng.)

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master's)

About Chris

Hi parents and students,

I specialize in math, science, health, Bible, career development, robotics and computer expertise from 5th-12th grade. I'm also willing to help younger or college students be successful with classwork and on state tests, ACT, SAT, GED, Praxis and GRE test preparation. I will tutor in person, by phone, email, or online. I'm willing to travel. My rate is $40/hour. I'm compassionate and patient but firm when needed.

I'm Chris or students can call me Mr. B. My passion is to be a part of the process of students experiencing the "Ahaa!" Moments. My best times in school were when I wrestled with a concept and finally realized what it all meant. That's the Ahaa! Moment I want for my students. Plus if there is a subject that you don't like, it's much more fun to do something you don't like with someone you do like. I'd like to come alongside you and partner with you in this endeavor.

By training, I've been a Highly Qualified public school teacher since 2004. My Mississippi teacher certifications include Math 7th - 12th grades, General Science 7th - 12th grades, Career Discovery, Bible, and Information and Communication Technology 1 (7th grade computer class). I'm also certified as an online instructor (C.O.O.L.), and I'm IC3 certified (Internet and Computing Core Certification) by Certiport in Microsoft Office and basic computer work. My undergraduate degree was in engineering and my master's degree was in theology and biblical languages. I scored 34 on ACT Math and have passed the Praxis Series for teacher certification, the Math Content Knowledge 7th grade - 12th grade Praxis for teachers and GRE so I can provide helpful hints, test-taking strategies and guidance on preparing for those tests, also. Other coursework beyond my undergraduate degree has been in Math and Math Education. Recently, I've been trained in Conscious Discipline to balance the academic and mental needs with the emotional and social needs of students, because educating involves the whole student and not just the mind. Specifically, lack of motivation can be the first barrier to overcome. I also have been trained in chaplaincy and pastoral care so the spiritual side of life can be helpful to keep in mind when students are frustrated and disappointed with failing and need encouragement not to lose hope and give up.

Personally, I have been to about a dozen countries, including having lived in Spain for three years and in China for five weeks so I can share experiences and fresh examples to help make abstract concepts more understandable. Socially, I have a YouTube channel, a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account so I can share my tech savvy. Recreationally, I have coached my son's U4 soccer team and enjoy teaching him how to swim during the summer, and I have trained for and completed the Disney World marathon in 2010 and a triathlon in 2013 so I can patiently help you to finish well. Intellectually, I have facilitated a FIRST Lego League robotics team since 2010 and have led music and drama for children's worship service since 2009 so I can teach problem solving and public speaking. Ultimately, I'm an avid reader and have a love for learning so I want to instill that in others. Spiritually, I believe that all things are possible if you don't give up. Motivationally, I was given some advice when I struggled with some classes in college: "It's not the smart people to look out for in the world, but it's those who are persistent and don't give up. Those are the ones who will be successful!"

I look forward to working with you in meeting your child's or your needs as a student. I appreciate you giving me the privilege of being a part of your and your family's success.

With Great Expectations,
Chris B.
Hi parents and students,

I specialize in math, science, health, Bible, career development, robotics and computer expertise from 5th-12th grade. I'm also willing to help younger or college students be successful with classwork and on state tests, ACT, SAT, GED, Praxis and GRE test preparation. I will tutor in person, by phone, email, or
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Vicksburg, MS 39180
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology,
Botany, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Music:
Voice (Music)
Art:
Adobe Photoshop
English:
Bible Studies,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, Career Development,
GED,
GRE,
Praxis, SAT Math, SAT Reading, TAKS
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
History:
Geography, Religion
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Economics, GRE,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
Tax Preparation
Sports/Recreation:
Chess, Fitness, Soccer, Swimming

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

ACT Math: You can take a practice test for the Math part of the ACT, and I can guide you through the more difficult areas, help summarize key ideas and provide helpful memory tools when faced with confusing topics. My love for math has led me to become a middle school math teacher. My qualifications include getting a 34 on the Math ACT. My BS in Biomedical Engineering included 18 hours of math courses so I’m Highly Qualified to teach math. I’ve also taken math courses beyond my undergraduate degree. Recently I’ve taught secondary math for 6 of my 8 years of teaching experience. In Mississippi I’m certified to teach math 7th - 12th grade (which includes basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) so I’m equipped to explain the more difficult concepts and I can review necessary basic math skills for you to be successful. Below are the topics included on the Math part of the ACT:
In the Mathematics Test, three subscores are based on six content areas: pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.

Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra
Pre-Algebra (23%). Questions in this content area are based on basic operations using whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and integers; place value; square roots and approximations; the concept of exponents; scientific notation; factors; ratio, proportion, and percent; linear equations in one variable; absolute value and ordering numbers by value; elementary counting techniques and simple probability; data collection, representation, and interpretation; and understanding simple descriptive statistics.
Elementary Algebra (17%). Questions in this content area are based on properties of exponents and square roots, evaluation of algebraic expressions through substitution, using variables to express functional relationships, understanding algebraic operations, and the solution of quadratic equations by factoring.

Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry
Intermediate Algebra (15%). Questions in this content area are based on an understanding of the quadratic formula, rational and radical expressions, absolute value equations and inequalities, sequences and patterns, systems of equations, quadratic inequalities, functions, modeling, matrices, roots of polynomials, and complex numbers.
Coordinate Geometry (15%). Questions in this content area are based on graphing and the relations between equations and graphs, including points, lines, polynomials, circles, and other curves; graphing inequalities; slope; parallel and perpendicular lines; distance; midpoints; and conics.

Plane Geometry/Trigonometry
Plane Geometry (23%). Questions in this content area are based on the properties and relations of plane figures, including angles and relations among perpendicular and parallel lines; properties of circles, triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids; transformations; the concept of proof and proof techniques; volume; and applications of geometry to three dimensions.
Trigonometry (7%). Questions in this content area are based on understanding trigonometric relations in right triangles; values and properties of trigonometric functions; graphing trigonometric functions; modeling using trigonometric functions; use of trigonometric identities; and solving trigonometric equations.

Bible Studies

Bible Studies is a survey of basic Old and New Testament Bible facts to provide a usable foundation for personal study, for ministry, and for other courses in biblical studies and in systematic and practical theology. It includes topics of hamartiology, eschatology, teleology, soteriology, textual criticism, biblical historicity, and trending topics of biblical ethics and intelligent design. I have a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and have taken courses on each of these topics. I’ve led small group Bible studies in church and on my college campus since high school. I have personally studied and read through the Bible 8 times, including the NIV, NASB, TEV, The Message, and KJV (presently). I’m licensed and ordained in Christian ministry. I have been a youth minister and have five Clinical Pastoral Education units (1 ½ years of training) as a hospital chaplain so I can help with pastoral care issues and applying the Bible to personal faith and ministry.

Biology

Biology covers Scientific Inquiry, Physical Science (Biochemical Basis of Life), and Life Science (Living Organisms and Their Environment, Biological Organization, Heredity, Diversity and Biological Change). Students will be prepared for the Biology SATP, (a Mississippi state test). Students will enjoy the hands-on approach to inquiry learning in science.

Career Development

Career Development covers important topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, salary negotiation and networking techniques. Students learn about the best ways to change careers or gain work experience. Students explore 16 career clusters as matched with their interests, abilities, and personalities. Students understand the skills and education they need to achieve success and how to best market themselves to potential and current employers. Students tailor their resumes to match a job opening, search for job opportunities and establish career goals.

Before I found the teaching profession, I tried various jobs to see which one was a good fit for me. After being a health care personal care assistant, apartment co-management, youth minister, engineer, and hospital chaplain, I didn't know where to start. I searched online and found a survey that would match my interests, abilities, and personality to a career. The survey that I took gave me "educator" as one of my top choices: http://www.birkman.com/ Consider taking this survey. It's currently a $450 package that includes access to the online questionnaire, your 40-50 page report, and a 60-90 minute one-on-one consultation. The test gave me confidence that I was in a career that fit my personality for the long-term.

Since then, I've been trained to evaluate students and help match them with a list of careers that will be a good fit. Specifically I have the endorsement of Career Discovery on my Mississippi teacher certification license and taught it for two years before it was incorporated into the Information and Communication Technology 1 (ICT 1) course of which I’m also certified to teach and am presently teaching.

GED

The math section for the GED consists of Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Specifically that includes Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Whole Numbers, Integers, Basic Geometry, and Algebra.

You can take a practice test for the math part of the GED, and I can guide you through the more difficult areas, help summarize key ideas and provide helpful memory tools when faced with confusing topics. My love for math has led me to become a middle school math teacher. My qualifications include getting a 34 on the Math ACT. My BS in Biomedical Engineering included 18 hours of math courses so I’m Highly Qualified to teach math. I’ve also taken math courses beyond my undergraduate degree. Recently I’ve taught secondary math for 6 of my 8 years of teaching experience. In Mississippi, I’m certified to teach math 7th -12th grade (which includes basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus); since I’m equipped to explain the more difficult concepts, I can review necessary basic math skills for you to be successful.

GRE

GRE Math: The math part of the GRE General Test is split into four main areas: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. The arithmetic area covers integers, ordering and the real number line, absolute value, fractions, decimals, exponents, square roots, and percents. The algebra area covers operations with algebraic expressions, factoring, solving linear equations, translating words into algebraic expressions and applications, inequalities, coordinate geometry, rules of exponents, and solving quadratic equations. The geometry area covers lines, angles, polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and three-dimensional figures. The data analysis area covers measures of central location, measures of dispersion, frequency distributions, counting, permutations, combinations, probability, and data representation and interpretation.

I can guide you through the more difficult areas, help summarize key ideas and provide helpful memory tools when faced with confusing topics. My love for math has led me to become a middle school math teacher. My qualifications include getting a 34 on the Math ACT. My BS in Biomedical Engineering included 18 hours of math courses so I’m Highly Qualified to teach math. I have passed the GRE in order for me to begin my Master’s in Math Education. I’ve also taken math courses beyond my undergraduate degree when I was considering getting a Master’s in Math to teach college math. Since then my interest has shifted to teaching computers so I’ve not gotten a second master’s degree besides the one from seminary, MDiv with Biblical Languages. Recently, I’ve taught secondary math for 6 of my 8 years of teaching experience. In Mississippi I’m certified to teach math 7th -12th grade (which includes basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) so I’m equipped to explain the more difficult concepts and I can review necessary basic math skills for you to be successful.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra covers Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis & Probability. Practical hands-on experiences will help explain abstract concepts more clearly. For example, learning to use and read a ruler helps explain the infinite density of rational numbers. Also, learning to draw pictures on a coordinate plane leads to a better understanding of slope of linear equations and trends of data. Basic skills will be reviewed and enhanced so that more difficulty concepts will be built on a better foundation. Consumer math skills of budgeting and investing can help motivate students to be money wise. Students will be amazed with how math is everywhere and how essential good math skills will help them with their future careers from high school level construction, sales, maintenance, and computer technician jobs to college level jobs like architecture, health care, graphic design, and engineering.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking requires clear diction, proper word choice, and correct grammar. Confidence, eye contact, and body language can improve your first impressions. Even humor and emphasis can help you connect with your audience.
I've taught conversational English in China for five weeks and for ESL students for a year. I've taught Career Discovery for two years in a public school so I can help you with speaking in the context of a job search. I can guide you to make a good first impression in a job interview or to prepare a speech.

Louisiana Tech University
BS Biomed. Eng.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master's

Education

Louisiana Tech University (BS Biomed. Eng.)

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Chris will travel within 40 miles of Vicksburg, MS 39180.