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Karin W.

Placitas, NM

$40/hour

Creative Math Tutor For All Levels and Learning Styles

Background check passed as of 4/29/14
4.9 average from 130 ratings
Tremendous Help with Algebra
— Jim And Lorie, Corrales, NM on 4/23/12

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SUNY Binghamton
Montclair State University
Master's

Education

SUNY Binghamton

Montclair State University (Master's)

About Karin

My love of mathematics is contagious! During my 20 years of experience teaching and tutoring math at all levels, including adults returning to college, I have found that the fear--or loathing!--of mathematics can be overcome by building a strong foundation of the basic concepts. Once the fundamental "language" of math is learned, the fun can begin!

If a student is weak in arithmetic, then algebra will be a struggle. If a student's algebra skills are weak, then precalculus will feel like torture. Often, students "get by" from year to year by memorizing methods for solving math problems. But, the more material they have to memorize, the more easily confused they can become during an exam. And standardized tests are designed to "weed out" those who simply memorize algorithms. Do you really understand the nature of trigonometry? Or have you simply memorized "SOHCAHTOH" and hope for the best on the exam?

My strategy for customizing my students' lessons begins with an assessment of their strengths in perception and communication. I encourage students to explain to me why they choose to solve a problem a certain way. By attempting to use their own words to describe their decisions, they are brought face-to-face with any gaps in their understanding of the material. I devote part of each lesson to practicing the basic skills that are needed to master current concepts. For more of my philosophy on building a strong foundation of skills, read my blog.

Individual learning styles are very important. The classic method of lecture, homework review and exam does not work for those students who are primarily hands-on learners. I use two- and three-dimensional objects in math labs to assist kinesthetic learners gain a better understanding of the principles of arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and calculus.

I am also a stickler about notebooks. A student's notebook should be an easily accessible study tool. Each section of the notebook should have lecture material with examples and each example should have instructions, written in words the student understands, as to how to go about solving the problem. These step-by-step instructions should be listed along side homework problems as well. In this way, the strategies are reinforced through repetition. When studying for an exam, the student can refer back to the homework problems and have a clear picture of how each type of problem is solved.

In 2010, after many years of teaching and tutoring math, I earned my Master of Science degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics. I have many resources at my fingertips including my imagination. I look forward to an opportunity to connect with your child and find creative ways to build the confidence that stems from true understanding.

I live in Placitas and teach at the main campus of CNM Community College in Albuquerque. This means that I work with students who live just about anywhere between those two locations. Most of the families that I work with prefer that I give lessons in their homes, but I can also meet students at public libraries or cafes.
My love of mathematics is contagious! During my 20 years of experience teaching and tutoring math at all levels, including adults returning to college, I have found that the fear--or loathing!--of mathematics can be overcome by Read more

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"Tremendous Help with Algebra"

- Jim And Lorie, Corrales, NM on 4/23/12

"Knowledge and patience"

- Mechelle, Beacon, NY on 10/22/15

"Algebra 1"

- Victor, Newburgh, NY on 10/11/15

"Very organized"

- Shane, Walden, NY on 10/4/15

"So lucky to have found her!"

- Tammy, Albuquerque, NM on 4/25/12

"Great tutor!"

- Jill, Rio Rancho, NM on 1/19/12

"Highly recommended"

- Anna, Coal Township, PA on 1/13/12
Karin replied on 1/26/2012

I always welcome helpful criticism, so, thank you, Anna, for your honest review. I want prospective parents and students to know that, on occasion, I may need to reschedule a lesson due to unforeseen circumstances. Please know that this works both ways. I do not have a cancellation policy that charges parents or students for lessons they cancel. I know that life can often throw us curve balls, or we get sick, or special occasions arise that might interfere with pre-scheduled lessons. I aim to establish relationships of mutual respect as well as accommodation.
Also, traffic conditions can, at times, delay my arrival. When this happens, I encourage students to take that time to work by themselves in order to be better prepared for our lesson that day. And the clock doesn't start on the lesson until we actually begin the lesson! I also tend to stay past the hour if needed, like before a quiz or exam, or if there's a concept that I really want a student to grasp before I leave. I do not charge for this extra time. This is a reflection of my commitment to my students' success.

"Great Tutor all around!"

- Nicole, Albuquerque, NM on 1/11/12

"Great Tutor"

- Clare, Rio Rancho, NM on 1/8/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Prealgebra, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, PSAT,
SAT Math

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Algebra 1

Algebra is like a language in that every symbol represents either a number, a set of numbers, or an operation. And just like a language, there are often synonyms, a collection of words (or in mathematics, symbols) that mean the same thing. This is first thing we will look at: How good is your algebra "vocabulary"? Then we explore each of the rules that govern these symbols. The best way to learn these rules is to practice using them. I prepare handouts for each student that hone in on their weak spots.

Once the meaning and the flexibility of the symbols are understood, we work on translating word problems into the appropriate symbols and equations. Then we practice choosing the best rules to manipulate these equations and derive a solution to the problem.

I also emphasize getting the most out of the graphing calculator as well as on line graphing utilities. These are powerful tools for understanding the relationships between equations, functions, and their graphs, yet are often underutilized by students who do not have the confidence to use them.

I encourage my students to consult their notes for the rules and strategies they need to use as they solve each set of problems in the homework. We fill in gaps in the notes by consulting the core curriculum, YouTube videos, and my customized material. Finally, we write the strategy next to each homework problem, or set of problems. In this way, students will have a record of their work that serves as a great study tool. With organized notes in their own handwriting, they will be able to finish assignments in less time and their ability to recall definitions and strategies for an exam will greatly improve.

Algebra 2

Algebra is like a language in that every symbol represents either a number, a set of numbers, or an operation. And just like a language, there are often synonyms, a collection of words (or in mathematics, symbols) that mean the same thing. This is first thing we will look at: How good is your algebra "vocabulary"? Then we explore each of the rules that govern these symbols. The best way to learn these rules is to practice using them. I prepare handouts for each student that hone in on their weak spots.
Once the meaning and the flexibility of the symbols are understood, we work on translating word problems into the appropriate symbols and equations. Then we practice choosing the best rules to manipulate these equations and derive a solution to the problem.
I also emphasize getting the most out of the graphing calculator as well as on line graphing utilities. These are powerful tools for understanding the relationships between equations, functions, and their graphs, yet are often underutilized by students who do not have the confidence to use them.
I encourage my students to consult their notes for the rules and strategies they need to use as they solve each set of problems in the homework. We fill in gaps in the notes by consulting the core curriculum, YouTube videos, and my customized material. Finally, we write the strategy next to each homework problem, or set of problems. In this way, students will have a record of their work that serves as a great study tool. With organized notes in their own handwriting, they will be able to finish assignments in less time and their ability to recall definitions and strategies for an exam will greatly improve.
Students taking Algebra 2 need a strong foundation of skills from Algebra 1.

PSAT

I am best qualified to prepare students for the math section of the PSATs. However, since one of my specialties is Study Skills--organizing notes, creating study guides, using mnemonic devices to remember vocabulary words and sentence structure--I can help students succeed in the critical reading and writing sections as well. I scored 94% on the verbal section of my GREs.

Regarding the math section, it is not enough for a student to have a good understanding of the subject matter. The art of doing well on the PSATs requires speed and accuracy. In addition to helping students develop their own study guides that reinforce their knowledge of the content, I address the physicality of how a student solves each type of problem.

Drawing diagrams, labeling them correctly, identifying formulas, and executing the strategy with efficiency, all contribute to a student's ability to breeze through the easier problems with confidence. In this way, the student has much more time to devote to the challenging problems.

There are also strategies for guessing an answer when the solution strategy is not apparent.

Finally, I have developed techniques for overcoming test anxiety that will prepare students outstanding performance on the big day.

SAT Math

It is not enough for a student to have a good understanding of the subject matter. The art of doing well on the SATs requires speed and accuracy. In addition to helping students develop their own study guides that reinforce their knowledge of the content, I address the physicality of how a student solves each type of problem.

Drawing diagrams, labeling them correctly, identifying formulas, and executing the strategy with efficiency, all contribute to a student's ability to breeze through the easier problems with confidence. In this way, the student has much more time to devote to the challenging problems.

There are also strategies for guessing an answer when the solution strategy is not apparent.

Finally, I have developed techniques for overcoming test anxiety that will prepare students outstanding performance on the big day.

Trigonometry

It has been my experience that many students struggle in this course because they think that they have to memorize all of the relationships among trig functions and their identities. For students with limited recall abilities, this can have disastrous results during an exam. I can show students how to minimize how much material must be committed to memory. Then, I teach them to derive all of the other relationships from the few that were memorized.

I also assist with study skills. I'm a stickler about notebooks and like to guide my students through the process of creating a useful reference tool out of their notes and homework assignments. With organized notes in their own handwriting, they will be able to finish assignments in less time and their ability to recall definitions and strategies for an exam will greatly improve.

SUNY Binghamton
Montclair State University
Master's

Education

SUNY Binghamton

Montclair State University (Master's)

Tremendous Help with Algebra — Karin has been working with our 17 year old son for some time now. We have seen significant improvement in his confidence level, grades, and perhaps most important, his attitude toward the subject. She is capable, prompt, and very interested in the student's success. ...

— Jim And Lorie, Corrales, NM on 4/23/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Karin will travel within 25 miles of Placitas, NM 87043.