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Ursula C.

Huntersville, NC

$50/hour

SAT/ACT test prep, AFM, pre-calculus, Middle/High School math, German

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 1/21/14
4.9 average from 199 ratings
Understanding, Kind, Professional, and Effective Math Tutor!
— Faye, Iron Station, NC on 2/25/16

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University of Minnesota
Computer Science
Georgia State
Master's

Education

University of Minnesota (Computer Science)

Georgia State (Master's)

About Ursula

My Tutoring Experience:

After a successful career in the computer industry, I would now like to pass on some of the knowledge gained over many years. I currently tutor SAT and ACT math and science test prep, AFM, pre-calculus, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, high/middle school math, German, and other subjects, and love being able to improve test scores and confidence in my students.

My Qualifications:

I have been a tutor for the past 4 years, and love my job!

Some my students have learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autism, etc. I seem to be able to relate well to my students and help them gain confidence by using a teaching approach they respond to.
I have many happy students and parents as shown in my reviews. Many of my students are repeat clients, or recommendations from previous and current students. I also have quite a few long term clients, helping them excel in multiple math classes and test prep.

I have 30 years of experience as a programmer, project lead, software engineer, and quality assurance manager. I have used mathematics in developing statistics programs, firmware, robotics, and financial software. I have taught many computer classes to peers and customers. I am a native German with a Master's degree in Computer Science from Georgia State and an undergraduate degree from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota. I also volunteer for a therapeutic riding program as a riding instructor.

Why should you hire me?

I have increased some of my student's grade averages from the 70's to the mid 90's. They proudly tell me about their better test scores and ability to understand and master math problems. I am knowledgeable, patient, dependable, experienced, and passionate about teaching.
I really enjoy the relationships I am building with the students and their families. As a riding instructor for special needs children, I have learned to be empathetic, give clear instructions, consider the mental and physical abilities of my students to bring out the very best in each student. I like to encourage each student's talents and skills and build up their confidence in the subject matter. I am very good at finding each student's strengths and weaknesses and helping the student understand math concepts not quite mastered yet. There is nothing better than seeing a student become confident in their math skills and their problem solving abilities, or watch someone become fluent in another language. If you are looking for a tutor that cares about her students and about improving their academic skills, and is qualified and able to teach a variety of subjects, then look no further. I look forward to meeting you!
My Tutoring Experience:

After a successful career in the computer industry, I would now like to pass on some of the knowledge gained over many years. I currently tutor SAT and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Group rate (2 to 4 students): $90/hr 2 hr lessons: $45/hr

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Huntersville, NC 28078
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Understanding, Kind, Professional, and Effective Math Tutor!"

- Faye, Iron Station, NC on 2/25/16

"above and beyond"

- Ana, Charlotte, NC on 10/27/16

"Outstanding Tutor for SAT and ACT"

- Gina, Cornelius, NC on 7/21/16

"Just getting started..."

- Maureen, Huntersville, NC on 7/7/16

"Super tutor!"

- Hayden, Gastonia, NC on 6/8/16

"Very patient and knowledgable."

- Kim, Denver, NC on 11/23/15

"Very knowledgeable and friendly tutor"

- Paolo, Cornelius, NC on 11/4/15

"Good at breaking down explanations"

- Tara, Cornelius, NC on 11/2/15

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Kali, Cornelius, NC on 9/15/15

"Easy going and confidence builder!"

- Jenn, Huntersville, NC on 7/24/15

"A tutor that will make a difference!"

- Cole, Terrell, NC on 6/26/15

"Simply Amazing!"

- Terri, Huntersville, NC on 6/5/15

"Wonderful tutor"

- Melissa, Cornelius, NC on 4/16/15

"All around great first experience!"

- Lynne, Stanley, NC on 10/30/14

"Very good job on my first lesson"

- James, Concord, NC on 1/13/14

"Very understanding and patient."

- Theresa, Mount Holly, NC on 10/11/13
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Proofreading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
GRE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
German
Business:
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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

With a Master's degree in Computer Science and working as a software engineer for many years, I had to use a lot of mathematics to solve problems. I have taken the highest level calculus classes in college, on the other hand, I am able to break down math problems into simple tasks and explain why specific equations or diagrams are used to solve a problem. Often, I can even show a student how an equation is derived. I can teach how to quickly eliminate wrong answers on the ACT test, find the correct answers quickly, and develop strategies for solving problems.

ACT Science

I teach ACT science test prep by giving you the best strategies to complete the test and by showing you how to interpret charts, graphs and drawings to get the answer. I have never chosen a wrong answer on the science test, and I can show you how to do the same.

Algebra 1

While completing my Master's and B.S. Degrees in Computer Science, I had to take the highest level math courses, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, numerical analysis, differential equations. While knowing the subject matter, I am also very capable of explaining concepts and able to make it easy to understand math.

Algebra 2

I tutor Prealgebra, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. I am very knowledgeable in all areas of math and have the ability to make it easy for you to learn the subject at hand.

C

I have a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and worked for several companies using C and C++ on Dos, OS/2, and Unix platforms. I published recommendations for portability, maintainability, and efficiency using Codecheck (to automatically check C code) from Abraxas Software.

Chess

I have been a chess player for many years and can teach common moves, openings, and strategies to win the game. I would be an excellent tutor to teach beginning chess players.

Computer Programming

I have worked as a programmer/analyst for many years using C, C++, Cobol, Cool:Plex, Natural, SQL, and have conducted code reviews and created test plans for many programs. I have experience with the complete project life cycle. My specialty is in creating maintainable, portable, and efficient programs.

Computer Science

I have a B.S. and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Technology, Minneapolis and Georgia State, respectively. After over 30 years of experience as a programmer/analyst, project lead, and software quality assurance manager I am well qualified to teach computer science subject matters such as data structures, database management, and programming.

Geometry

Geometry becomes quite easy once you understand the relationships between lines and angles and figures such as triangles and squares. I can help you understand how formulas are derived, teach you basic concepts, and show you the best way to solve a problem.

German

I am a native German and have lived in the States for over 30 years. I teach German to a family with four children on a weekly basis. Depending on the needs of the client, I teach conversational German, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing in German.

GRE

I am able to teach you all subject areas of the GRE test. I can give you strategies for taken the hard copy and the online test. Currently, I tutor both ACT and SAT test preparation and I have taken the highest level math courses while completing my Master's in Computer Science. Most often, the students that practice for the test and use proper test-taking strategies obtain the best scores.

Prealgebra

I am qualified to teach algebra at all levels and am able to show you how to solve math problems and understand why specific formulas are used. I can also teach you basic math concepts if necessary.

Precalculus

I have taken all levels of calculus, including precalculus, in college and grad school. My undergraduate degree in Computer Science is from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology where I took engineering courses, including advanced calculus and physics with the EE students. I am very good at teaching math concepts and can explain how to easily solve math problems.

Proofreading

I have thirty years of experience with technical writing such as creating user documents, program documentation, design and functional specifications. Proofreading is part of that function and I am an expert at grammar, spelling, and comprehension.

PSAT

I know how to teach PSAT skills by discussing test taking strategies, practicing problems on the PSAT test, and conducting and grading timed practice tests. I also have handouts and teach the formulas encountered on PSAT math tests. I currently teach SAT and ACT test prep and tutor PSAT, SAT, and ACT math and science.

SAT Math

I have a Master's degree in Computer Science and have taken the highest level math courses in graduate school. I have tutored students for the ACT test and yet am able to teach the very basics if needed. I teach how to eliminate wrong choices on the test and verify the correct answer quickly. I also demonstrate how diagrams can help with finding the answer and what strategies to use on the test.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is one of the many math subjects I teach. I am able to show you how formulas are derived and teach you the best way to solve a problem. Oftentimes, knowing a few basic formulas and knowing which ones to apply, makes it easy to find the answers. If necessary, I can help you understand basic math concepts to fill the gaps often present that prevent you from solving equations.

University of Minnesota
Computer Science
Georgia State
Master's

Education

University of Minnesota (Computer Science)

Georgia State (Master's)

Understanding, Kind, Professional, and Effective Math Tutor! — After just ONE session with Ursula, she was able to help my son understand an important math concept, and teach it in a way that my son understood, which resulted in a DRAMATIC difference for him in his math class the very next day. She was kind and most helpful, and we will most certainly continue this multi-dimensional approach with Ursula to Algebra 2. THANK YOU Ursula! We appreciate your help, ...

— Faye, Iron Station, NC on 2/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group rate (2 to 4 students): $90/hr 2 hr lessons: $45/hr

Travel policy

Ursula will travel within 20 miles of Huntersville, NC 28078.