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Christopher W.

Cranford, NJ

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High School Math Teacher tutoring math and SAT prep

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Background check passed as of 10/26/16
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NJIT, Newark, NJ
Computer Science
NJIT, Newark, NJ
Master's

Education

NJIT, Newark, NJ (Computer Science)

NJIT, Newark, NJ (Master's)

About Christopher

I've worked in education for over 8 years now, Before that I had a 25-year career as a Financial Computer Programmer and was fortunate to work through the great Y2K years and the DotCom creation and craze. I have a range of math skills from Algebra I through Pre-Calculus II. I have worked in Multiple High Schools, serving students in college preparation classes and other students with learning disabilities in pull-out classes.

I have a Master's in Computer Science from NJIT and earned my Teaching Certificate from the Jersey City University through a satellite program offered at Union County College.

I am highly qualified in math and have taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. My previous career gives me insight into the 'why are we learning this' question students have. I come from a background where I was the eighth child of ten born during the baby boom. So I get along with problem students having a challenged background and am able to understand them and their problems with schooling and Mathematics.

In the past - I have tutored students in Algebra I, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. I ran a math workshop at the middle school level to help local students who were struggling in math.

I've worked in education for over 8 years now, Before that I had a 25-year career as a Financial Computer Programmer and was fortunate to work through the great Y2K years and the DotCom creation and craze. I have a range of math skills from Algebra I through Pre-Calculus II. I have worked in Multiple High Schools, serving students in college Read more

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Travels within 3 miles of Cranford, NJ 07016
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Algebra 1

Algebra is a great class and the beginning of understanding procedures in Mathematics. A great deal of students are excellent in Arithmetic and have a hard time transitioning into Algebra. They did great in elementary school and are now frustrated they are not doing as well in math today.

I enjoy working with these students and utilize their previous skills and teaching them new ones to build their confidence and have them succeed.

I am a certified High School Mathematics and Special Education teacher working in Bloomfield at the Westbridge Academy. I have taught/co-taught every level of High School mathematics from pull-out Algebra to Pre-Calculus II and enjoyed teaching them all.

I have been tutoring students for three years now and find it very rewarding. My students are have better homework and test taking skill and not only more productive with their homework, but are more confident and successful on tests.

My previous career was as a programmer. The majority of my positions were Financial Programming but I also worked in the Telephone Industry at BellCore. I've enjoyed a twenty-two year Career as a problem solver and implementer of solutions.

My education background includes a Masters of Science in Computer Science from NJIT along with a teaching certificate program form New Jersey City University and Special Education Certificate Program at Rutgers.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is an important class that uses the concepts learned in Geometry to enter into the advance topics of Algebra 2. This course reinforces and advances the skills learned in Algebra 1 and introduces student to solving problems involving exponents and logarithms along with complex numbers and graphing and solving problems with conic sections.

Students need to have their confidence built by utilizing the skills they learned and encouragement to excel in the new topics. I enjoy working with these students giving them the confidence they need by reinforcing their skills and ensuring they succeed and feel confident with the knowledge they are learning.

I am a certified High School Mathematics and Special Education teacher working in Bloomfield at the Westbridge Academy. I have taught/co-taught every level of High School mathematics from pull-out Algebra to Pre-Calculus II and enjoyed teaching them all.

I have been tutoring students for four years now and find it very rewarding. My students are more productive and knowledgeable with their homework and are more confident and successful on tests.

I have a background as a programmer. The majority of my positions were Financial Programming but I also worked in the Telephone Industy at BellCore. I've enjoyed a twenty-two year career as a problem solver and implementer of solutions.

My education background includes a Masters of Science in Computer Science from NJIT along with a teaching certificate program form New Jersey City University. I also completed a Special Education Certificate Program at Rutgers.

Geometry

Geometry is a great class that brings a visual and spacial aspect to Mathematics. Student here utilize their Algebra skills and apply them both plane and coordinate Geometry. Student are taught to use proofs and postulates to determine congruent triangles, corresponding angles of parallel and perpendicular lines, and similar polygons.

Students here need to have their confidence built by utilizing the skills they learned and applying them to the special aspect of Geometry. I enjoy working with these students as they discover critical thinking utilizing proofs and postulates and building confidence as they succeed and apply the knowledge they are learning.

Prealgebra

Pre-Algebra students are either younger students or a student who is struggling in mathematics. Either way, tutoring must occur with expectations that I am working with a student who is transitioning from Arithmetic to Algebra.

The biggest difference in Pre-Algebra is the introduction of functions and handling mathematics problems in a structure procedural manner. Student who were great at earlier math could easily 'pop' the answer doing it just in their heads. These students have a problem transitioning to using paper and pencil and having to keep track of their progress in the problem and building up to an answer.

I enjoy working with these students and getting them to understand what math is all about and how then need to do well and use those grades to develop a great career. I work with them to develop an approach and understanding of how to work with math and how to succeed in Math going forward.

I am a certified High School Mathematics and Special Education teacher working in Bloomfield at the Westbridge Academy. I have taught/co-taught every level of High School mathematics from pull-out Algebra to Pre-Calculus II and enjoyed teaching them all.

My background is a twenty-two year career as a financial programmer. I decided to enter a career in education wanting to help the next generation get a great education and use that to build a rewarding career.

I hold a New Jersey teaching certificate in both High School Mathematics and Special Education.

I have been tutoring students for three years now and find it very rewarding. My students are have better homework and test taking skill and not only more productive with their homework, but are more confident and successful on tests.

Precalculus

I have a solid background in Algebra I, Geometry I, and Algebra II. These are the foundation classes that Pre-Calc is based on. I am also in the higher classes of Pre-Calc I and Pre-Calc II and have a thorough knowledge of the material.

When Tutoring students I go over the applications of Mathematics in Business. I let them know that Colleges and Businesses, especially the higher paying postions, expect candidate that excelled in Math. Going over how I used my Mathematics background to secure jobs and how resumes are selected based on levels of education and grades I find students more receptive to learning math.

Students must want to learn math at this level to be sucessful at it. My favorite Math Topic is Unit Circle Trigonometry. It's my favorite because it combines the topics of geometry, standard triangles, trigonometry, proportions, and linear programming. This is the toughest topic a student faces before calculus and it a determining factor for someone who is serious about their education and selecting a career that is requires math.

I spend a great deal of time explaining how to solve the problems and importance of this topic. I see more students rethink their mathematics education after this topic and work my best to get them through this topic and the other complex ones in Pre-Calc.

SAT Math

The SATs are a great set of test that really show the critical thinking and problem solving skills of a student. The Math sections use skill developed in Algebra I and II and Geometry to solve complex and difficult word problems. The skills needed to do well on this test involve both test taking strategies and subject matter expertise. Students need to remember that the questions are not based solely on just one discipline but span several disciplines and students need to be exposed to these type of problems to gain the skill they need to solve them. .

To prepare for the tutoring students I went through the book "The Official SAT Study Guide" written by the College Board which contains the most accurate questions representing the SAT test. There are ten complete sample tests in the book and I have accurately answered all questions from the math sections of these tests. I have worked out each problems and annotated key problems that require the most tutoring for the student.

I have written power points breaking down the knowledge needed to solve these problems and the best approach to answering them on the test. Each tutoring session focuses on covering one of these topics and going over the results of one of the sample tests.

My tutoring goal is to prepare the student to take the test having all the knowledge needed for the test along with test taking strategies using feedback from the sample tests. I believe this is the best approach to preparing the student to succeed on the SATs.

I am a certified High School Mathematics and Special Education teacher working at North Hunterdon High School. I have been in every level of mathematics from pull-out Algebra to Pre-Calculus II and enjoy tutoring all these subjects. I have been tutoring students for four years now and find it very rewarding. My students are more productive and knowledgeable with their homework and are more confident and successful on tests.

Trigonometry

I have a solid background in Algebra I and II, Geometry I, and Pre-Calc I and II. The foundation classes of Algebra I and II and Geometry contain all the material that prepares a student for Trigonometry.

When tutoring students I go over the necessity of Mathematics for careers. I let them know that both Colleges and Corporations expect candidate to excel in Math and base their acceptance and hiring on their achievements in this subject. Explaining to them how I used my Mathematics education to build my career and how I recruited candidates based on resumes containing both levels of Mathematics achieve and also their grades.

Students must want to learn math to be successful at Mathematics. My favorite Math topic is Unit Circle Trigonometry. It combines the topics of circle geometry, graphing, linear programming, standard triangles, and the concept of radians. This is the toughest topic a student faces before calculus and it a determining factor for someone who is serious about their education and selecting a career that is requires math.

I spend a great deal of time explaining how all the concepts are used to build upon each other and converge to create this mathematical branch. I see more students rethink their mathematics education after working with trigonometry and work my best to get them through this topic and appreciate how math is hard work but is very rewarding. Letting them know the skills need to understand and apply these topics are the same one they will use when learning Calculus.

NJIT, Newark, NJ
Computer Science
NJIT, Newark, NJ
Master's

Education

NJIT, Newark, NJ (Computer Science)

NJIT, Newark, NJ (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 3 miles of Cranford, NJ 07016.