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An initial get-acquainted meeting is free. You see who I am, what kind of person I am, and what kind of tutor I will be; I see where you are in the subject you are having trouble with. You get to evaluate me without obligation or cost.
I have been teaching in one way or another most of my life, sometimes in a work environment teaching people how to install and repair the company's equipment. I wrote the manuals, developed the courses, and I always got high marks on the class feedback forms.
I have taught in formal classrooms -- Math at PCC -- and in foreign countries where people didn't necessarily have a good command of English. I was a volunteer instructor at the Multnomah County Library -- Excel -- and the students always gave positive feedback.
About me personally -- I have a charming wife of 45 years. We have two children, one married and one almost married, and two granddaughters. Life is good for us. I have taken up tutoring with WyzAnt because I like helping others, one-on-one, how to do it, how it works and why it works this way, sharing their excitement when they understand it. An initial get-acquainted meeting is free. You see who I am, what kind of person I am, and what kind of tutor I will be; I see where you are in the subject you are having trouble with. You get to evaluate me without obligation or cost.
I have been teaching in one way or another most of my life, sometimes in a work environment teaching
I do not charge for an initial meeting. This helps YOU determine if I am the right tutor, and it helps me understand what it is you want and need in the subject.
When I decided that I wanted to take the GRE, I knew that I would want to review for the math portion of the test. Besides studying on my own I also knew I would want a tutor, and this is how I found Steve. Over the course of three months I had weekly tutoring sessions with Steve to help prepare me for the test. The sessions were great, I would work on math problems with Steve that I couldn't completely get on my own. We would work through the problems at my pace, and Steve would help work out the problems with me and he always explained the process along the away. And if I still didn't get something Steve would make sure to explain the problem in another way until I felt comfortable with it and completely understood it. In addition to all the time Steve spent with me in our tutoring sessions, he also made time to answer questions I might have via email, and provide me with additional informational worksheets that I could print out and use for reference. Overall Steve was a wonderful tutor and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for help with the math portion of the GRE.
Steve is great, works well with my son, and is very responsive to email and extremely flexible about making time for my son's tutoring. After working with Steve, my 15 year old son is getting an A in algebra.
I used Steve to study for the GRE quantitative section. I hadn't taken a math class in 5 years and was very rusty. Steve helped me review even the most simple problems. I appreciated his humor. However, since the GRE encompasses many different subjects, it was necessary that I come with problems to work through. It sometimes took us a long time to go through one problem, because Steve was also trying to figure out the best way to work it out. I found it best to email him problems before hand, so we could efficiently get to everything I had a question about. Overall, I improved my math score dramatically and in a painless way.
Working with Steve was a great experience! We started meeting with barely over a month left before I was to take the GRE. He was more than willing to meet multiple times per week, and had a flexible schedule. Our meetings were productive, and he was very patient if I did not understand a topic.
I just took the GRE today and scored above my goal and within requirements of the graduate school to which I am applying.
Thank you, Steve! You were a big part of my success!
I could not have asked for a better tutor to help me prepare for the math section of the GRE. Steve is patient, kind, and committed. When I started working with him I could barely remember the most basic high school algebra, but after two months of tutoring I felt ready to approach even the more difficult math problems on the GRE. Steve went out of the way to send me extra practice sheets and helpful advice, he was flexible in scheduling, and he genuinely cared about my success. Without his patient and diligence in teaching me math, I don't think I would have felt so confident taking the test. I am very lucky to have had Steve as a tutor.
I found Steve to be a very flexible teacher always looking for ways to make learning a new processes easy and more understandable, he is not afraid to go out side the box with his teaching methods.
Steve is also very intuitive and can tell when your on over load. I highly recommend him as a math tutor.
We asked Steve to assist our daughter in preparing for a college math placement exam. She worked well with Steve, as he initially assessed her strengths and weaknesses in a patient manner, then they moved forward from there. She felt comfortable asking questions throughout their sessions. We all feel the time spent was valuable and the results were successful. Thank you, Steve!
I was looking for a patient tutor to help me plow through the GRE math problems. It had been over six years since I completed a college-level math course. I only had three weeks to prepare for the GRE and Steve was available and fairly flexible, to meet at least once a week, sometimes more. He is very friendly but all business when it comes to your time. If you are looking for someone to help you reconnect with math, Steve T. is your guy!
Steve was a perfect match for our 15 year old son. He took the time to meet with us first to determine if they would be a good match, before beginning a tutoring lesson. Steve helped him to understand Algebra in a different way, one that made sense, while using positive reinforcements that helped build up his confidence. I have recommended Steve to many of our friends, and if we need a tutor again, we will definitely contact him again!
Steve started working with my 15 year old son right when school began and we quickly realized he needed some help with algebra. He struggled the year before, and just couldn't reach a confidence level with math. Along came Steve! With twice a week tutoring sessions and some unconventional, yet fun strategies Steve has helped my son feel confident and in control. He not only has a good solid B in math, his entire report card was filled with A's and B's!
At a later date, Ronna wrote me this:
"Just a note to thank you again for being a piece in my son's success in school. He has been working hard on his self-esteem over the last several months. This has led him to the ambition to start working out and lose 43 pounds. He has also worked hard at school. He has an A in math and recently made the honor roll!"
Well, I can't guarantee that you will lose 43 pounds as my student, but you will understand the math that is troubling you!
My granddaughter looks forward to her tutoring sessions with Steve. He has a relaxed easy way of instruction that helps her to grasp the material without feeling pressure. She is preparing to take the ACT test and has been very nervous about it. Steve has helped her with tips she can use as well as helping her feel more confident in her own abilities. She doesn't fear the time restrictions of the test nearly as much as before Steve started tutoring her. Thanks Steve.
My son can do all his math homework in one sitting because of Steve's superpowers.
Before Steve, my son had an F math average. My son doesn't yet have an A average, but he does know that he could have an A and he knows how to get it.
Steve worked with my two teenagers, 14 and 17 years old, once a week for a couple of months. When he started they were both failing math. Steve was very patient and easy to work with and under his care both of my children began to "get" it. With Steve there was no arguing or excuses. We have used a different service in the past but the lady was too nice and the kids walked all over her. Steve was gentle yet firm. His mannerisms were effective as he didn't come off as a know it all but the kids still really seemed to respect him which says a lot about his character and knowledge of the subject.
I would recommend Steve to anyone looking for an excellent tutor for their kids.
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The math part of the ACT is the part that seems to give people the most trouble. I can help you understand the math, the "why" if it. When you understand that, doing the problems becomes much easier. And, in standardized tests like the ACT, you can many times eliminate all but two or even one of the given choices. I can help you do that without working out the whole problem.
With InDesign, I publish a 'zine of 60 to 64 pages. The magazine includes photos, clipart, page numbering (with "continued on" for stories that jump pages), lists, columns, two-page spreads for a centerfold, and a table of contents. I speed up the work with paragraph and character styles, libraries of styles.
Photoshop has a gazillion tools, but you don't need to know them all. I'll help you use the tools you need to do what YOU want to do. Then maybe we can go a little further.
I've used Abode Photoshop for many years, and most of the time what I want to do is simple and is accomplished relatively quickly. But sometimes -- working with layers, outlining and cutting, enhancing old photographs -- these things take a little time and patience. But it can all be done. I'll show you.
I taught Math 65 at PCC which is intermediate algebra, which is really Algebra 2 under another name.
Algebra 2 gets into the deep end of the algebra pool, and even for those who had little trouble with Algebra 1, it can be difficult. I can pull it together so you understand the "why" of the math. When you understand why it's done this way, it will be much easier to work the problems.
My background for the ASVAB test:
-- Math: I have tutored students in algebra 1 2, geometry, trig. I taught Math 20 (decimals, fractions) and 65 (intemediate algebra) at PCC.
-- Word knowledge: I have a large working vocabulary.
-- Paragraph comprehension: I always did very well on this type of test.
-- Electronics: I was an electronics technician in the Navy and have spent much of my life in this field, teaching it in tech schools.
-- Mechanics, Shop Information, Auto Information: I've worked on my own cars and motorcycles extensively.
-- Assembling Objects: This is Spatial Relations, and I got 100% on a very difficult and extensive test in this specific area.
What I mean to say is, I have the background to help you do well on the ASVAB.
I'm guessing that the part of the GRE that is most difficult, maybe even frightening, for you is the math part. I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand the reason for the rules, the rules become easier to use.
Why is 6 to the zero power 1 and not zero? Because it's a rule? Or because it makes mathematical sense?
Why can't I divide by zero? Because it's a rule? Or because it makes mathematical sense?
When you know the mathematical sense of these, you will be more comfortable with the rules.
I taught beginning Excel at the library for over a year. I have used Excel and other spreadsheet programs since they were invented for the PC in the 1980s.
-- How do you make a sum, an average?
-- How do you make a number appear with a red background if it is less than zero?
-- How do you make your spreadsheet more readable, more useful to yourself and others?
I can help you with these and hundreds of other questions so you can take full advantage of all the things Excel has to offer.
P.S. I can also help you in other spreadsheet programs.
I have always been very good at standardized tests, and I can show you how to get good scores on them. I'm going to guess that the part you have the most trouble with is the math. I will help you understand the reasoning behind the math rules. When you understand that, it becomes much easier.
I have taught Math 20 (fractions, decimals, pre-algebra) and Math 65 (mid-level algebra) at PCC.
I can show you how to eliminate the obviously wrong answers. Sometimes you can even get the right answer without working the whole problem. And we will work on the "whole problem" so you and your math skills are ready for the test day.
Most of trig is just fractions. When you see it as fractions and know how to handle the fractions trig will be easier for you. I've always worked with trig this way, and it's never been a problem for me. I can help you see it through.
I taught Math 20 (fractions and decimals) and Math 65 (intermediate algebra -- Algebra 2) at PCC.