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Frances S.

Denver, NC

$45/hour

The Math & Chemistry Solution! A Patient, Effective, Ph.D. Tutor

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 8/15/17
4.9 average from 137 ratings
Great tutor for SAT Prep!
— Laurie, Mooresville, NC on 11/11/17

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UNC- WIlmington
Chemistry
The University of Florida
PhD

Education

UNC- WIlmington (Chemistry)

The University of Florida (PhD)

About Frances

WELCOME: Hi! This is Dr. Fran S., an experienced, professional, private tutor and a long time veteran of WyzAnt Tutoring. My passion is to help students, of all ages and abilities, learn, grow and succeed. Please read on to learn a bit more about me and my approach to tutoring. Then drop me a line. I would love to work with you.

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE: I received my B.S. in Chemistry from UNC- Wilmington in 1986 and my Ph.D. in Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) from the University of Florida in 1990. Of course as with any physical science degree I took a heavy load of math coursework.

I started my career as a Research Scientist for a national company (NCASI,) a nonprofit environmental research organization, funded by the wood products industry. I remained there for 8 years and was promoted to Senior Research Scientist, when for health reason I was forced to find another line of work.

So, in 1998 I started a small tutoring business in Gainesville, FL specializing in Math and Science tutoring for middle school, high school, and college students. I've continued tutoring for the past 18 years.

TUTORING/TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
•Preschool Teacher (1978 - 1979)
•Taught College Chemistry Labs and Discussion Classes (1984 - 1988)
•Chemistry Tutor for UF Athletic Department (1988-1990)
•Live-in assistant homeschool family, 5 children (2011-2014)
•Tutor for "Advanced Learners" (current)
•Tutor For "Camelot Community Care" helps 'at risk' children (current)


THE FACTS: WHO, WHAT, AND WHERE: Currently I tutor grades 1-8 in Math and Science and tutor High School, College, and Adult students in Math, Chemistry, Statistics, SAT, SAT II CHEM, ACT, FCAT, GRE, GED etc. I offer flexible scheduling, competitive rates, understandable, effective instruction, and a commitment to helping my students learn and meet their academic and/or personal goals. I have a great record of success, with most of my students improving by at least 1 or 2 letter grades and many students turning failing grades into C's, B's and even A's.

MY STYLE: I love teaching and helping students learn. My approach is friendly, encouraging and patient. I do not talk over the students head, but break things down into understandable terms and build up concepts step by step. I like to focus on problem solving as a means to learning. I first solve problems for you, then with you, and then coach you as you solve them yourself, until finally you can do them without my help.

Since every student is different and learns differently, I do not have a set "plan" that I use with all students. I observe all students, as they work, to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and I adapt my teaching methods to match the individual student's learning style.

SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS: I have experience and success working with students who have specific learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD. I enjoy the challenge and the reward of working with these special needs students. I have a good deal of experience working with younger students and coordinating with parents and teachers throughout the process so these very bright young men and women don't check out and slip through the cracks when they think no one is looking. I am aware that these students may take a month to learn what another student may learn in an afternoon, so I am very patient and encouraging. In addition to teaching the subject I also work hard to help these students repair their damaged self-image and develop a "positive learning mindset," this includes developing a can-do/will-try attitude, taking responsibility for participating in tutoring and in their classes, always giving their best effort, completing and turning in assignments on time.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: For my younger students, I am always available to speak to parents or teachers (at the parent's request). I also rely on parental input in determining how to best work with their child. I will stay in close contact with the parents about what we are doing in tutoring, what problems I see, what improvements I see and anything that the student may need to do between tutoring appointments to reinforce what we are learning.

DEDICATION: I have chosen tutoring as a career, not a side job to make a little extra money. I am serious about what I do and work as a professional. I take a genuine interest in my students and care about their overall success and well being. In addition to the time spent in the tutoring session, I spend whatever time it takes outside of the tutoring session to prepare properly. I am dedicated to my students' success and love to hear back from former students who have moved on and completed their programs or achieved their goals.
WELCOME: Hi! This is Dr. Fran S., an experienced, professional, private tutor and a long time veteran of WyzAnt Tutoring. My passion is to help students, of all ages and abilities, learn, grow and succeed. Please read on to learn a bit more about me and my approach to tutoring. Then drop me a line. I would love to work with you.
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

$45/hr My Location $55/hr Home Tutoring $55/hr After Hours Tutoring Small Group Rates: 2 people $30 each/hr 3 people $25 each/hr 4 people $20 each/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Denver, NC 28037
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"Great tutor for SAT Prep!"

- Laurie, Mooresville, NC on 11/11/17

"Patient tutor"

- Vickie, Hickory, NC on 11/6/17

"Effective Results & Comfortable Learning"

- Randy, Alhambra, CA on 8/23/17

"Great tutor"

- Alexandra, San Antonio, TX on 8/14/17
Frances replied on 8/16/2017

I worked online with Alexandra to help her prep for GRE-math.

Thanks Alexandra!

"Great Online Tutor!"

- Erika, Seattle, WA on 3/20/17

"Very Patient!"

- LaKeidra, Gainesville, FL on 7/3/16

"She knows her stuff."

- Lisa, Gainesville, GA on 5/4/16

"Extremely helpful tutor!"

- Debra, Alachua, FL on 5/15/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Melissa, Ocala, FL on 1/11/13

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Risa, Jacksonville, FL on 11/20/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Common Core, GED, Geometry,
GRE, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics,
PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, CLAST, Common Core, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Language:
Reading
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Common Core, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
ADHD,
Common Core, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ADHD

I have both life experience and tutoring experience with people who have ADD/ADHD. My education on working with these students draws heavily from my experiences growing up with a sister who has ADHD, my many opportunities tutoring students with ADD/ADHD and from the vast amount of literature I have studied on the subject of children, teens and adults with ADD/ADHD. I understand the struggle these students have and the fact that many have nearly given up due to constant negative feedback they have received in their educational endeavors thus far. I look at ADD/ADHD as a gift of energy and high intelligence that must be harnessed and trained to work in a world that isn’t at all geared toward accommodating these brilliant, creative minds.
For students with ADD/ADHD, I work extra hard to find ways to encourage them and reinforce all that they are doing that is good and right. I also understand that repetition is the key to learning material and am patient with them as I explain the same concepts over as many times as it takes for them to “get it.” I work to focus their attention on what we’re studying by teaching in a manner that makes them active participants in the learning process. For instance, if I need to teach a new skill to an ADD/ADHD student instead of just illustrating the method and writing down the instructions for them, I will have them write down and illustrate what I am telling them. I will frequently ask questions about what we are learning to redirect their attention and assess their level of understanding. I may also incorporate the use of colored pens to help draw their attention to important ideas and concepts, definitions or equations.
While most of my students with ADD/ADHD hate it, I insist on following a step by step approach to problem solving in math and science, even though they may be able to look at the problem and solve it in their heads by some other means. I do this because even though they have high intelligence, they often miss some of the basics of math and science that they will need later on when math and science get harder and they can’t do the problems in their heads anymore. At that point it is almost too late to take them back to the basics and build up their skills to the point where they can master the harder math and science problems.
Over all my approach to working with ADD/ADHD students is encouraging, engaging, structured (disciplined) and understanding. I am patient with their attempts to get out of doing the work, their complaints about this and that, and their sometimes stubborn refusals to do what I ask them to do. I don’t mind working around these behaviors to get to the point of real learning. I do enlist the parents to help enforce discipline and gain compliance from the students. I also use the reward system at times to help gain compliance and to encourage the students that hard work pays off. In addition to teaching them the specific subject matter, I try to interject lessons on study skills, organization, test taking skills, note taking skills and other areas that I feel the student might be weak in.
Though sometimes a challenge, I enjoy the reward of seeing these students learn and watching their grades improve over time. It is always my pleasure to work with ADD/ADHD students, fight through the obstacles, and help them succeed in their studies.

Algebra 1

I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. The degree requires a high level of expertise in math, so I have taken math courses in algebra, geometry, continuing all the way through calculus and differential equations.

I understand how to explain math concepts in a way that makes sense to students. Using everyday language to explain math concepts, I show students step by step how to work out problems. I am patient, encouraging, and easy to work with.

Algebra 2

I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. The degree requires a high level of expertise in math, so I have taken math courses in algebra 2, geometry, continuing all the way through calculus and differential equations. I understand how to explain math concepts in a way that makes sense to students. Using everyday language to explain math concepts, I show students step by step how to work out problems. I am patient, encouraging, and easy to work with.

Calculus

I have a Ph.D. In Chemistry which required quite a few advanced math courses, including Calculus 1, 2, and 3 as well as Differential Equations. I also have experience tutoring these advanced math courses (including Survey of Calc) at the high school and college level. I am an organized, easy to understand instructor, who breaks complex math concepts down into clear step by step solutions. My students learn as I explain and demonstrate how to solve problems and then develop mastery as I coach and help them solve similar problems on their own.

Chemistry

Chemistry is a foundational physical science. Chemical elements are the building blocks for everything that exists in our world and throughout the universe. No wonder the subject of chemistry is complex and often difficult to understand. I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and over 18 years of tutoring experience at the high school and college level. I am a patient, encouraging, thorough tutor who will help you master this difficult subject by breaking down difficult concepts into understandable, everyday English. Using examples, analogies, and visual images, I will patiently and clearly lead you, step by step, to an understanding of the concepts, the ability to do calculations, solve problems correctly, and do well on exams. I truly enjoy helping students succeed in their study of Chemistry.

Geometry

I have a Ph.D. in chemistry, a degree that requires a high level of expertise in math, wo when I started my tutoring business, 17 years ago, I naturally offered both math and chemistry. Since that time, I've tutored countless students in Geometry, as well as all the other math subjects. I can help most students understand math and turn things around, through patient, step by step explanations, illustrations, examples and then coaching as the student learns to do the math on their own.

Physics

With a Ph.D. in Inorganic chemistry from the University of Florida and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, I have been well versed in the study of physics.

Over the past 18 years as a private math and science tutor I have helped many high school and college students succeed in their physics studies.

Prealgebra

I have a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. The degree requires a high level of expertise in math, so I have taken math courses in algebra, geometry, continuing all the way through calculus and differential equations.

I understand how to explain math concepts in a way that makes sense to students. Using everyday language to explain math concepts, I show students step by step how to work out problems. I am patient, encouraging, and easy to work with.

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. In chemistry from th University of Florida and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. The requirements for a chemistry degree include a heavy concentration of math courses. I took all the prerequisite maths (such as PreCalc , Trigonometry etc.) prior to starting college and then started straight in to the three course Calculus sequence (Calc 1, 2, & 3) followed by Differential Equations. I managed to make A's in all these courses except for Calc 3 where I missed an A by 1 point!:( I also completed Statistics with a grade of A.

As a chemistry major I didn't just take the math courses and then never use them again. These advanced math techniques were required throughout my study of chemistry in classes, in research, and later in my career as a rea each chemist. Now as a tutor, I have further honed my math skills and learned math from the perspective of explaining it thoroughly, and correctly in way that students can understand and learn. I have a greater appreciation for math, a greater depth of understanding, and have developed great skill in making math understandable to those that are struggling. I love teaching math and seeing student "get it" and go on to make better grades and succeed in their class.

Statistics

I have over 17 years experience as a private tutor for high school and college level statistics plus many other math and science courses. I have also passed the WyzAnt certification test which is required to qualify as a WyzAnt statistics tutor. My Ph.D. Is in Chemistry from the University of Florida and I have a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. My degrees, of course, required lots and lots of math, including statistics, but as a chemistry major, a doctoral candidate, and later as a research chemist, I actually applied my statistics knowledge over and over to many real life research scenarios.

Trigonometry

I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The Chemistry degree requires a heavy concentration of math course work including all levels of Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus 1, 2, 3 and Differential Equations. Over the past 17 years, working as a private tutor, I have continued my math education by auditing advanced math courses, reading and studying math books and textbooks, and preparing for math tutoring sessions. In addition, I continue to become a more effective math instructor as I pursue a self study of math education/teaching materials.

UNC- WIlmington
Chemistry
The University of Florida
PhD

Education

UNC- WIlmington (Chemistry)

The University of Florida (PhD)

Great tutor for SAT Prep!

Frances was a great tutor! Really helped me better understand and prepare myself for the SAT math section. Did a great review on various math topics that I needed help on. I felt much more confident than I ever have before taking the SAT.

— Laurie, Mooresville, NC on 11/11/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$45/hr My Location $55/hr Home Tutoring $55/hr After Hours Tutoring Small Group Rates: 2 people $30 each/hr 3 people $25 each/hr 4 people $20 each/hr

Travel policy

Frances will travel within 40 miles of Denver, NC 28037.