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Paula B.

Portland, OR

$60/hour

Math for Tweens. Homeschoolers Welcomed.

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 57 ratings
Quiet and Calming
— Rich, Portland, OR on 6/1/15

$60/Hour


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Northern Kentucky University
Computer Science

Education

Northern Kentucky University (Computer Science)

About Paula

This can be an age where a lot of students either come to hate math or start to think it's kind of fun. I can tell you, if it's fun, the next many years of it will be a lot easier! I've worked with students of all ages. I spent 5 years working at the University of Washington in the Computer Science Department helping pre-majors with Math and Computer Science courses. Right now my focus is ages 12-20.

For the moment, I volunteer at daVinci Arts Middle School in the Library. (I love books). I also coordinate their chess team. Why aren't more girls playing chess???

I'm a bit of a geek girl. I've always liked math, techie stuff (like taking apart old phones and trying to fix them), programming and life sciences. I also love art, reading, camping and nutrition. In fact, I am a Nutritional Therapist. So I can also help with nutrition related topics.

I'm here as a tutor because more than anything, I enjoy helping others take control of their learning. If I can help you become confident in math or nutrition, you'll learn how to approach things, what questions to ask and how to teach yourself when necessary. The most important thing I've learned about myself as a teacher and Nutritional Therapist is that I like to empower people. You should never be afraid, ashamed or lack confidence in yourself.

Teen Power! Yes I'm ridiculously corny too.
This can be an age where a lot of students either come to hate math or start to think it's kind of fun. I can tell you, if it's fun, the next many years of it will be a lot easier! I've worked with students of all ages. I spent 5 years working at the University of Washington in the Computer Science Department helping pre-majors with Math and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Study Buddy Rate: $75 for 2 $100 for 3 Feel free to contact me if you'd like a bigger group. I reply quickly.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Portland, OR 97212

"Quiet and Calming"

- Rich, Portland, OR on 6/1/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra,
Trigonometry
Science:
Nutrition
English:
Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, Praxis
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Homeschool, Reading, Study Skills

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.

ADHD

During the past 15 years, I have had both personal and work experience with children, preteens and teens with attention, impulse, and focus issues. While working with the King County Work Training Program, I taught teens who had dropped out of school due to ADD/ADHD and other learning difficulties. By incorporating student values and optimizing their gifts, I see my students gain confidence and leave sessions feeling motivated, happy and good about math. I love learning and I infuse my students with that love and confidence.

I use many tools including brain gym, visual aids, art and flash cards; it really depends on the student and what works best for him or her. There is no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach.

Algebra 1

I was a math minor and a computer science major. I taught math workshops for both the University of Washington and Inroads. I've tutored students from late elementary school through college.

Algebra 2

Math was one of the first subjects I came to love in middle school. This led me to a math minor in college. For several years, I taught math workshops for both the University of Washington and Inroads. Algebra has always been a favorite math topic and one which I enjoy teaching.

I both taught and tutored Algebra 2 through the university. Some sessions and workshops were for college Algebra and some were for high school students. I strive to bring the subject alive for my students and have them actually enjoy the sessions!

Elementary Math

I volunteered at the Emerson school on a regular basis. I also worked for several years as the "Compassionate Tutor" tutoring upper elementary school and middle school math. I am patient. As someone who enjoys art and writing, I can also support a more creative approach to learning math.

Nutrition

I have been working as a certified Nutritional Therapy practitioner for the past 3 years. Each year I take continuing education courses. I spend most of my practice hours educating clients so they can make better choices, ask better questions, and talk with their doctors more effectively.

Prealgebra

As a math minor I have a strong math background. During the years I worked the University of Washington, Inroads and the King County work study program, I both tutored students in prealgebra and helped them through math workshops.

Study Skills

Study skills isn't an easy topic to define. There are high level ideas involved, but depending on the subject matter, there are different priorities. I see study skills as knowing yourself - strengths and weaknesses, knowing your time constraints, and understanding ways in which you best learn the subjects you're addressing.

This is where I excel. In helping students understand these keys, we can construct and deconstruct material leading to a firm understanding. I also believe that memorization is an important tool. Study skills and learning require a variety of tools in the toolbox.

I majored in computer science and mathematics, successfully completed professional training and credentials to become a Nutritional Therapist and have worked as an instructor, a tutor, a teaching assistant and a health educator. All of these required excellent study skills.

Let me help you find what works best for you.

Northern Kentucky University
Computer Science

Education

Northern Kentucky University (Computer Science)

Quiet and Calming

Thanks for the help, Paula! You had a tough customer who didn't make it easy, but did appreciate your help. Math and science are in the bag!

— Rich, Portland, OR on 6/1/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Study Buddy Rate: $75 for 2 $100 for 3 Feel free to contact me if you'd like a bigger group. I reply quickly.

Travel policy

Paula will travel within 25 miles of Portland, OR 97212.