Cleveland State University (Math, Physics)
Cleveland State University (Graduate Coursework)
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My name is Sara, and I am currently a statistical analyst at a major insurance company in the area. I have undergraduate degrees in math, physics and finance and have spent time in the engineering world as well. I also currently teach physics for the Lakeland Community College Engineering department.
I have a natural love of teaching, and have been working as a tutor for over 4 years, specializing in math, science and test prep tutoring. I work with a wide range of students, from 6th grade to college level, adolescents to non-traditional students, helping people become more comfortable and confident with the more challenging subjects. My overall goal is to get my students to become strong, independent, critical thinkers, so that they eventually do not need me to help them pass the class, but excel and get the highest grades possible.
Every student is unique and needs his own unique approach to help him achieve his goals. I strive to provide this unique experience, finding the best way for an individual student to learn and grow. This is especially important for test prep -- students need an individualized plan if they hope to succeed; the same thing does NOT work for every student.
As a visual learner myself, I completely understand how students can get lost once they hit algebra and have to deal with abstract concepts. My goal is always to find a way to make the abstract concepts visual, and create a higher level of understanding within the student's mind. I try to get my students to find ways to relate the problems that they're doing to real life situations, or easier math situations that they've already mastered, to help them become not only better at math, but better at general problem solving.
Thank you again for checking out my profile and learning a little bit more about me. I'd love the opportunity to learn more about you and your student, and am happy to set up a free interview prior to scheduling any lessons, to ensure I'm the right fit for you and/or your child. Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile!
My name is Sara, and I am currently a statistical analyst at a major insurance company in the area. I have undergraduate degrees in math, physics and finance and have spent time in the engineering world as well. I also currently teach physics for the Lakeland Community College Engineering
I offer a discounted rate for students who are flexible with meeting location and time. Please contact me for details!
My daughter's confidence and skills improved during the first lesson! Not only does Sara have solid math skills, but she also knows the ACT and how to take the test.
Sara does a great job updating me on my daughters progress each session. We are making steady progress and she is feeling good about the lessons!
Sara taught how to study for Math test by taking notes and writing down step by step how to do the problems. She also taught me more in-depth on equations and graphing and coordinates. What I like about Sara is how she writes down notes when she's teaching a new lesson instead of just explaining it.
Sara is prepared each week with extremely helpful lessons. She is organized and very helpful on tips on improving my daughter's ACT score.
Sara began working with me on preparation for the ACT and SAT tests. This was our first session. Off to a good start!
Sara met with me to help me with my Statistics class. She went over some of the areas I was struggling with such as normal distribution, z-scores, and the list goes on. She was able to help show me how to use the different formulas and break down what was really being asked. I was able to do my homework assignment and received an 80% which was a huge improvement since the highest I have received so far was a 70%!
Sara works with my grandson to provide support for Physics. She is very thorough and my grandson seems to feel more confident after his session with her.
My son was struggling with college (healthcare) physics. He went to the college offered tutor and still had a hard time understanding what was going on. Sara has helped him tremendously. He now understands physics so much better. He says Sara teaches him a way he can comprehend. I like the fact she gives him weekly homework to practice with. We are hoping he brings his grade up by the end of this semester. We started him with Sara the week of his second test, so Sara didn't get to tutor him for those first 2 tests. We are confident he will get at least a "B" on the next 2 tests, if not an "A"! Sara works around his schedule, which is a huge bonus! My son likes Sara very much! She should be Kent State University's physics professor! She is worth every penny! She communicates a lot. She's great! You won't be disappointed with her! Thanks Sara!
Sarah is wonderful! My son has been struggling in physics all year. He just got his first A on a quiz and said that he finally understands physics! We are very grateful.
Sara has a passion for teaching and it is easy to see. If you are the student or you are choosing a tutor for your child, Sara is an ideal choice. She is kind and patient, articulate and she cares. She meets your needs at your individual level. I will recommend Sara to anyone seeking help. Her academic ability makes her highly qualified but her kindness makes her extraordinary in my opinion.
Sara's preparation for her sessions with my daughter is most impressive. She outlines detailed expectations in advance, and summarizes the session afterward with what was done, and what needs additional attention.
Sara did a great job with my son (8th grade) in helping him understand High School Chemistry and chemical formulas -- a subject beyond my ability to teach him. She was very patient and broke the material down until he was able to fully understand it and perform the tasks on his own. She is very prompt, returns call/emails immediately and was available to us on short notice. My son ended up getting an A on his test thanks to Sara's help.
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The September 2014 ACT results are in and things are good! I worked with 11 students this summer. On average, I spent 9 hours of tutoring time with these students, and they saw, on average, a 2 point score increase! My star performer this summer increased her ACT math score 8 points -- a huge success. Another of my students increased her math score 7 points. These results speak for themselves -- feel free to contact me to see how I can help you see this level of success!
I continue to see success with students who use me for ACT prep (all subjects). My effective, customized approach to the reading section allows me to identify students individual strengths and weaknesses so I can give the best advice on how he/she should approach this section. Some students have been able to see as much as a 6 point increase for this section alone -- contact me to see how I can help you or your child see the same success!
I take a very customized approach to helping students do well on the science section of the ACT. I believe that every student is an individual, and all individuals need to harness their unique skill set to do the best they can do on this section of the test. Some of the students I've helped have been able to raise their science subscores as much as 7 points -- absolutely amazing results that come from the ability to customize the tutoring for each student.
To enable understanding of my qualifications to teach an advanced subject like differential equations, it is necessary to digress into my educational background.
As an undergraduate in college, I changed majors and schools several times. My first choices were in the areas of astronomy and physics. At Ohio State I began taking the math courses required for these majors, which included differential equations.
I subsequently transferred to Cleveland State for personal reasons, and found that a lot of my credits did not transfer from quarters to semesters. It was necessary for me to retake classes to achieve the correct number of credit hours to graduate in my new areas of math and physics. Therefore, as an undergraduate I took a differential equations class again, this time at Cleveland State.
When I decided to go back to school to achieve a higher level of education in another field, mechanical engineering, I found that one of the requirements of the program was to take a more advanced level differential equations class.
In short, I have taken the same class 3 times. Each class was slightly different, but covered the same overall material. Each time I received the highest grade in the class.
Further, I have recently been very focused on this subject while tutoring other engineers in my office who are studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. The FE is a test that is mandatory for engineers who are wishing to become professionally certified. It is designed to test students who have just completed a four year engineering curriculum and consists of topics such as differential equations. My math and physics background was complete enough to allow me to pass this test on the first attempt; something that some of my co-workers were not able to do. They are older, more experienced professionals who have not been in school for many years. I have been able to help them successfully remember and understand these topics, and this one in particular because my own knowledge of it is so complete. I have seen first hand the successful understanding of this subject that I have been able to impart with them, and feel that I am more than qualified to help others in a professional capacity.
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