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Abraham D.

Butler, PA

$40/hour

PA Certified Teacher, Math/Science Expert, Top 1% of WyzAnt Tutors!

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— Jennifer, Butler, PA on 2/15/17

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Biology
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
MEd
M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Other

Education

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Biology)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (MEd)

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Other)

About Abraham

I have been tutoring math and science for 6 years. I've worked with over 100 clients and, in the past, have been placed in the top 1% of all 72,000 or more tutors using the Wyzant website.

I am a Pennsylvania triple certified teacher with years of experience in the field. I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at Slippery Rock University of PA specializing in math & science instruction at the secondary level. Additionally, I've completed coursework in Astrophysics and Calculus through M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), University of Austin Texas, and Australian National University. I have earned certificates in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, and Calculus.

I have years of experience in the PA public school system teaching at Moniteau Jr/Sr High School, New Castle Jr/Sr High School among other public high schools. I have been a professional tutor at Total Learning Centers located in Wexford, PA and Butler County Community College, Cranberry Campus. I worked at Slippery Rock University tutoring undergraduate students in college level science and math classes. I completed a semester long internship tutoring at Slippery Rock Middle School in Slippery Rock, PA. I tutored students in math at New Castle Jr/Sr high school in New Castle, PA and at George Jr. Republic in Grove City, PA.

Once I began running my own tutoring business I worked with clientele located in Wexford, Cranberry Township, Butler, Gibsonia, Mars, Fox Chapel, Coraopolis, Robinson, Moon Township, and Slippery Rock. The school districts that I have the most experience with are Mars, North Allegheny, Fox Chapel, Butler, Pine Richland, Hampton, and Seneca Valley School District. I have worked with students from private schools like Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia, PA, Oakland Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA and Shadyside Academy, also in Pittsburgh, PA. I have, in the past, worked with clientele in the Monroeville and Murrysville areas enrolled at Penn-Trafford High School.

I am a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). I attended professional development conferences in Orlando, FL and through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) in Homestead, PA which focused on learning the most up to date and research backed teaching techniques in the field of STEM education.
I have been tutoring math and science for 6 years. I've worked with over 100 clients and, in the past, have been placed in the top 1% of all 72,000 or more tutors using the Wyzant website.

I am a Pennsylvania triple certified teacher with years of experience in the field. I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at Slippery
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Travels within 20 miles of Butler, PA 16001
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In-person lessons

"Great Teacher"

- Jennifer, Butler, PA on 2/15/17
Abraham replied on 7/29/2017

Jennifer and her son were fun to work with. Like always, the reason her son was successful was because he did the work and upheld his responsibilities as a student. This in addition to regularly attending appointments with me.

"Patient tutor"

- Sue, Sarver, PA on 11/20/17

"Two Thumbs Up"

- Dustin, Zelienople, PA on 10/30/17

"Great Start on Geometry and Algebra!"

- Harold, Cabot, PA on 9/11/17

"Great explaination of college acceptance"

- Alex, Zelienople, PA on 8/8/16
Abraham replied on 9/9/2016

Alex was a pleasure to work with. He is a perfect example of a student who improved significantly because he met with me on a regular basis and completed his homework regularly. I predict he will have great success with his future endeavors.

"He was very helpful in setting up a plan & achievable goals."

- CODY, Zelienople, PA on 8/4/16
Abraham replied on 9/9/2016

I enjoyed working with Cody. He demonstrated all the qualities of a good student and should have great success in the future.

"Great tutor who was able to show an immediate impact!"

- Debbie, Evans City, PA on 5/26/16
Abraham replied on 9/9/2016

I only worked with the student for a short time but she did make improvements on her exams. In particular I was able to work with her taking advantage of her visual learning style and response to concept maps.

"Very Pleased!"

- Sam, Mars, PA on 3/21/16
Abraham replied on 9/9/2016

I have worked with the student fie quite some time now. During that time he has made great improvements in his mathematics ability. After achieving success in Algebra II and Chemistry he has opted to continue working with me through Trigonometry.

"Excellent ACT and Math Tutor"

- Laura, Cranberry Twp, PA on 3/6/16
Abraham replied on 3/21/2016

Michael was a pleasure to work with. It was his efforts and dedication to his training that made him successful. This is the case with any student I work with. They deserve the credit :)

"Highly Recommend!"

- Terri, Renfrew, PA on 11/8/15
Abraham replied on 3/21/2016

Nick is a hardworking student who was successful because of his work ethic and consistency in his training. I was glad to be able to help him boost his SAT scores so that he may get into the college of his choice.

"Very reliable! Always available by phone!"

- Erica, Valencia, PA on 10/23/15
Abraham replied on 3/21/2016

Erica and I worked well together. Like most college students who work and go to school, she needed someone who was both knowledgeable and skilled at teaching but also was able to provide flexible scheduling. It was great to hear back from her that she had achieved her goals in A&P.

"Very helpful!"

- Samantha, Butler, PA on 8/26/15
Abraham replied on 3/21/2016

Samantha is a great student. Like all of my other students who have been successful, she put forward the time and effort needed to make improvements. Her scores jumped significantly after working with me. I am most appreciative of her review and glad I was able to assist her with her academic pursuits.

"Great Tutor"

- Cole, Cranberry Twp, PA on 8/25/15
Abraham replied on 3/21/2016

Glad I was able to help. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you with your future studies.

"Very helpful even in the first lesson"

- Lauren, Dekalb, IL on 7/22/15
Abraham replied on 8/13/2015

Although I did not work with Lauren long, I was pleased that I was able to make and impact on her performance in organic chemistry. The online platform was extremely helpful for her organic chemistry tutoring experience.

"A great resource!"

- Asya, Pittsburgh, PA on 7/13/15
Abraham replied on 7/19/2015

I enjoy working with Asya. She and I set a goal to prepare her for the arduous college courses of Chemistry and Biology that needed to be past in order for her to achieve her goal of getting into Physician Assistant School. The online tutoring platform provided the perfect means for me to communicate, teach, watch videos, exchange and transfer homework sheets, etc. Ours sessions were very lively and interactive, the way learning should be :)

"Makes chemistry processes easy to remember"

- Yoanna, Presto, PA on 7/4/15
Abraham replied on 7/6/2015

Yoanna is a great student. She had all the motivation and drive to succeed in her chemistry class. I just provided her to necessary tools to succeed. I worked with Yoanna both in person and via the online platform. The flexibility of online tutoring made it possible for us to work together despite the distance apart and hectic schedules that we both had.

"Very helpful"

- Jenny, Saint Louis, MO on 6/13/15
Abraham replied on 7/6/2015

Jenny was fun to work with. I assisted her with the task of attempting to complete an entire year of Organic Chemistry in one summer! The positive experience I had working with her provides and example of how online tutoring, if done correctly, can be highly effective even for advanced subjects such as Organic Chemistry.

"Great tutor!!"

- Carole, Cranberry Twp, PA on 2/27/15
Abraham replied on 5/9/2015

I enjoyed working with Ty and his family. They support his education and it was a privilege to assist him in his geometry studies :)

"Great tutor! Always prepared and very effective."

- Mike, Mars, PA on 1/20/15
Abraham replied on 5/9/2015

Katie is a joy to work with. She is fun and exciting and always prepared to improve her understanding of geometry.

"Very helpful and nice"

- Jennifer, Zelienople, PA on 12/15/14
Abraham replied on 12/16/2014

He is a great student to work with. Like many students, he had a lot of difficulty completing Algebra II. I taught him easy ways to approach problem solving. It was great to see him make significant improvements in his performance!

"Success"

- Charlie, Cheswick, PA on 12/14/14
Abraham replied on 12/16/2014

Charlie is a very intelligent student. Like, many, he struggle with Chemistry because the abstract concepts were so different than what he had encountered so far. With a little help his performance sky rocketed and now he is doing great!

"Very helpful!"

- Monica, Cheswick, PA on 11/9/14
Abraham replied on 12/16/2014

Monica's daughter is an excellent student and very ambitious. She is taking a very difficult Biology class, one that emphasizes molecular biology, the toughest part of the science. With just an hour of tutoring once a week she has shown significant improvements and has been able to maintain a solid grade in the class. I am very proud of her performance.

"Helped me get an A"

- Rachel, Allison Park, PA on 11/9/14
Abraham replied on 12/16/2014

After just one lesson, Rachel grasped content that had caused her frustration in the past. She was taking a college level biology class, not an easy task. After working together she aced her Biology exam!

"Excellent Teacher!"

- Chris, Mars, PA on 11/1/14
Abraham replied on 11/1/2014

Shelley is a great student who is fun to work with.

"Very organized and thorough approach. Flexible with scheduling."

- Alec, Cheswick, PA on 10/19/14
Abraham replied on 10/27/2014

I worked with Alec's daughter. She is a gifted student who did very well in her Molecular Biology class after I began working with her. It was great to see her succeed as a student.

"Very patient"

- Trisha, Ellwood City, PA on 10/17/14
Abraham replied on 10/27/2014

Trisha took a very challenging class, college chemistry. I worked with her to help her understand the theoretical chemistry that needs to be understood prior to applying the mathematics. She is a dedicated student who was fun to work with.

"Awesome Tutor"

- Annette, Mars, PA on 10/12/14
Abraham replied on 10/14/2014

I have been working with Annette's son for sometime now. He a great student who is a joy to work with. I focused on teaching him the core principles of Algebra I to help him pass the Keystone exams and do very well in his Algebra class!

"Very helpful and patient tutor"

- Joe & Christie, Butler, PA on 10/4/14
Abraham replied on 10/4/2014

It was a pleasure working with Joe and Christie's daughter. She is an ambitious student who put in the extra effort needed for tutoring and should have no problem achieving her academic goals. I would recommend her to anyone looking to tutor her in the future.

"Effective, inspirational, and fun tutor"

- Larisa, Portersville, PA on 8/17/14
Abraham replied on 8/21/2014

I worked with Larisa's son. He is a very ambitious student with a high intellect. I was pleased to see his SAT II score increase by more than 150 points after he took the exam.

"Great Tutor for Math and Science!"

- Angela, Butler, PA on 7/27/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Angela is great. I was extremely proud of her work ethic and drive to succeed academically. I worked with her for a few months over the summer while she was taking two semesters of a college level physical science class IN JUST 8 WEEKS! The rigorous academic program required that we meet for hours each day. I focused on teaching her conceptual theory of the physical sciences and then applying it to problems solving. I used a combination of textbook, online, and PowerPoint resources. In the end she triumphed, earning an A for both classes!

"Dedicated Tutor"

- Rich, Valencia, PA on 7/15/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Diane and Rich are very supportive of Josh, their son, and his drive to improve his reading comprehension and math skills. I designed an individualized curriculum based on diagnostic data to ameliorate the areas Josh struggles in. For each session, I wrote a lesson plan making sure Josh reached his objectives. My goal was to have Josh build a strong foundation in math as well as mastery of key reading skills such as being able to determine vocabulary in context, sequence of events, inference, conclusions, etc. I would regularly communicate with Diane and Rich regarding his progress. He has done exceptionally well and should be well prepared for the upcoming school year.

"Great to work with, will come to the house"

- Tracy, Mars, PA on 6/4/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Working with Tracy and her daughter was a new experience for me. I tutored her daughter in a college level algebra class that was being taught online. She did very well and was a joy to work with. Kind and caring, I was glad I got the chance to meet both Tracy and her daughter!

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Christine, Cranberry Twp, PA on 5/29/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Christine and her son Ben are great. I worked with Ben to assist him with the Biology Keystone exams. I used online resources that included standards-based curriculum and diagnostic exams so I could determine where Ben was at. I also taught him the format of the exam, gave him a structured outline of which chapters in the textbook he should cover, as well as IPad Apps to help him prep for the exam. It felt great when I met with him and he told me the exam "was easy!"

"Upbeat tutor for my teenager"

- Nicole, Butler, PA on 5/27/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

I worked with Nicole for a short time preparing her for her SAT exam. After completing a diagnostic exam, I designed a specialized curriculum for her focusing on teaching her strategies to approach the exam. I gave her regular homework assignments. I would assess her after each session to ensure she made progress... and it worked! She indicated to me that her score increased. I'm glad to see that she achieved her goals and wish her the best of luck in the future!

"Flexible and Knowledgeable"

- Ulrike, Export, PA on 5/12/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

I worked with Torsten, Ulrike's son, for a brief but intense period leading up to the AP Chemistry exam. I prepared him by teaching him the layout, scoring, and purpose of the exam. In particular I focused on teaching him the importance of designing testable hypotheses, analyzing lab data, drawing conclusions since the new AP Chemistry curriculum focuses on "Science Practices." I traveled an extensive distance but was glad to help in anyway I could. I am thankful for their generosity, kindness, and hospitality that they offered me while I was tutoring.

"Great tutor who focuses on your specific needs!"

- Alexandra, New Castle, PA on 5/5/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Alexandra and Justin were fun to work with because I was able to get very creative with my teaching techniques. Frequently I would use sources from the internet to supplement my instruction. I implemented fun techniques like using a deck of playing cards to teach basic math operations. I designed unique study tools like mini flip books to make studying easy, convenient, and fun.

"Great SAT Tutor"

- Patricia, Coraopolis, PA on 4/24/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Patricia's son is a dedicated student. I focused on preparing him for the SAT exam. Using diagnostic data, I designed a study plan focusing on the Writing, Reading, and Math portions of the exam. I taught him how to use effective test taking techniques to achieve a better score. We also used study materials approved by reliable publishers and affordable. Using iPhone App technology, I was able to supply him with easy and convenient study tools to assist him in his preparation.

"Great Help with Anatomy and Physiology!"

- Bonnie, Pittsburgh, PA on 4/7/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

I worked with Bonnie's granddaughter teaching her the ins and outs of college level Anatomy and Physiology. My instruction focused on the nervous and skeletal systems. I taught Leah effective college-level study skills like learning to tape record lectures. Also, snapping photos of lab specimens using her phone so she would not be limited to study diagrams for her practical exams. Lastly I focused on helping her to organize the massive quantities of information using graphic organizers like concept maps and flowcharts.

"Very helpful, organized, and professional"

- Jacob, Coraopolis, PA on 3/12/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Jacob is on of my oldest standing clients. I helped Jacob obtain his Geometry and English credits needed for this past year. I designed an individualized curriculum, based upon the PA Academic Standards implemented in the public schools, for geometry which included regular homework and practice. I also designed literature units in addition to grammar exercises for him to complete for his English credits. In particular, Jacob completed a unit of Greek literature reading the play Antigone by Sophocles and writing a difficult essay. Currently I am working with Jacob implementing specialized Biology, History, and Algebra II standards based curriculum.

"GREAT Tutor!"

- Rose, Pittsburgh, PA on 2/24/14

"Awesome tutor."

- Alisha, Apollo, PA on 2/13/14

"Very organized, electronically savvy and even knows Programming!"

- Sean, Pittsburgh, PA on 1/28/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

Sean is a very gifted student, particularly in math. The focus of our sessions were on Algebra II and World History. His hard work ethic paid off as Sean achieved excellent grades after finishing tutoring.

"Patient and Knowledgeable"

- Deborah, Freedom, PA on 1/9/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

I enjoyed working with Carolyn, Deborah's daughter. Carolyn's success was based upon me teaching her not only the content of the material but developing effective study skills. Particularly, organizational skill and problem solving skills. I was a great feeling to learn that she did fine on her Chemistry midterm after only a few short weeks of tutoring.

"Look no further - Abraham is the best tutor!"

- Claire, Valencia, PA on 1/9/14
Abraham replied on 8/6/2014

It was a lot of fun working with Claire and her son. It was a new experience teaching AP chemistry to a student that was enrolled in a "Flipped Classroom." The majority of our sessions were spent on chapter tests and final exam prep. I also assisted tutoring some of the AP chemistry labs required by The College Board.

Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
Chemistry,
Physical Science,
Praxis
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Praxis,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
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.

ACT English

I have been trained in preparing students for standardized test prep. This includes all portions of the ACT. Typically I begin with a diagnostic assessment. This allows me to determine the students strength's and weaknesses. I also run statistics to determine where they stand relative to the population. Then I work with the student to establish a tailor made program to strengthen their academic weaknesses and to set and achieve a reasonable goals.

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students in Algebra I & II for more than 3 years. I've tutored middle school, high school, and college level students as well as students enrolled in online algebra classes. Recently I had two students receive the "most improved in mathematics" award from their local school district.

I have also designed an effective standards based curriculum to help students pass the Algebra Keystone exam. Recently, I had a student pass the Keystone Algebra Exams. Prior to working with me they had not obtained a passing score on the exam. I use specialized apps on my IPad which provide online, keystone standards based assessments, to diagnose student weaknesses so that I may design the most effective study plan possible.

I, myself, have completed course work in mathematics up through Calculus and earned high A's upon completing my Algebra classes. Lastly, I have a master of education degree with specialization/focus in math and science instruction.

Algebra 2

I have designed an effective standards based curriculum to help students pass the Algebra Keystone exam.I have been tutoring students in Algebra I & II for more than 3 years. I've tutored middle school, high school, and college level students. I have worked with gifted and learning disabled students. I, myself, have completed course work in mathematics up through Calculus and I earned high A's when I completed my Algebra classes. Lastly, I have a master of education degree with a focus/specialization in math and science instruction.

Biology

My undergraduate degree was is in biology. I completed numerous courses including a basic, introductory level course. My final undergraduate GPA was 3.9

Chemistry

I completed numerous courses in chemistry as part of my undergraduate. In particular I achieved a high A in both semesters of inorganic chemistry. I also tutored students in chemistry for a number of years at the university tutoring center.

Elementary Math

I have completed numerous practicum experiences in inner city schools where I spent a number of months tutoring middle school and upper elementary students basic mathematics. The lessons included addition, subtraction, times tables, fractions, etc.

Geometry

I taught the basics of geometry to 8th and 9th grade students during one of my practicum experiences in graduate school. I worked with each grade at different times. This included both group and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions.

Recently I was hired by a client to serve as their private teacher. I designed a 4-5 month plan of instruction that was based upon PA state standards aligned curriculum. I taught, assigned homework, and regularly assessed my student to ensure their progress was consistent and adjusted my instruction when necessary.

Physical Science

I student taught 4 classes in physical science during my final semester of graduate school. The class consisted of principles of basic physics and chemistry. To promote retention of abstract ideas I used a number of physical models to help student understand basic ideas in physical science.

Praxis

I am a PA certified teacher. I have passed the praxis I exam (Basic Skills Test) as well the 3 Praxis II exams, each for a specific content area of science. I have also taken two Praxis prep classes where I used specific study materials and techniques from learned and qualified instructors.

Prealgebra

I have over 2 years of experience tutoring middle school, high school, and college level students pre-algebra.

Recently, I worked with 2 students of very different backgrounds. I spent time teaching the middle school student using hands on techniques like the 24 card game, MATH DICE game, etc. My other student had been out of high school for over 5 years and looking to begin a preparatory algebra class at a local community college. I diagnosed academic weaknesses and developed an individualized plan of action to improve math skill development.

I also have experience with the Keystone exams which is now a passing requirement for all secondary students. I excelled in my mathematics classes which includes Calculus and obtained a graduate degree with a focus in math and science instruction.

Precalculus

I have tutored a number of students in pre-calculus. These were high schools students enrolled at Seneca Valley School District, Butler Senior High School, Mars Senior High School, Laurel Senior High School, and Hampton Senior High School. All did well in the subject after working with me.

SAT Math

I have been tutoring students privately in SAT Math prep for over 3 years now. I have experience with the New SAT Exam too. A number of my students have reached their goal scores on the new exam with my help.

I have each student complete a full diagnostic exam which I use to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This, in addition to their choice of colleges, academic majors, and career goals, I use to craft a very detailed individualized study plan tailored to the specific needs of the client.

I prepare the student using the most up to date and reliable study books, digital workbooks, and online resources. I am flexible with scheduling and do what I can to accommodate the needs of the student.

SAT Reading

I have been tutoring students privately in SAT Reading prep for over 3 years now. I have experience with the New SAT Exam too. A number of my students have reached their goal scores on the new exam with my help.

I have each student complete a full diagnostic exam which I use to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This, in addition to their choice of colleges, academic majors, and career goals, I use to craft a very detailed individualized study plan tailored to the specific needs of the client.

I prepare the student using the most up to date and reliable study books, digital workbooks, and online resources. I am flexible with scheduling and do what I can to accommodate the needs of the student.

Study Skills

I attended a number of workshops at Slippery Rock University on learning and teaching appropriate study skills and techniques. Additionally I completed a Master of Education degree with a focus on appropriate study and learning techniques.

Through my years of experience teaching, testing, and studying different subjects, I have developed an extensive curriculum with hundreds of study techniques. Part of the curriculum is composed of general study skills/techniques applicable to all different academic subjects. Examples include teaching organization, concept mapping, course planning and note taking strategies, vocabulary strategies, critical reading techniques, time management strategies, etc.

The second part of the curriculum is composed of techniques and skills that are applicable to specific subjects. For example, I have a binder of many different study and teaching techniques that are used only for learning math. I also have subject specific binders with techniques specific to science, English, social studies, languages, etc.

In order to make sure my students get the most out of tutoring, I diagnose their areas/subjects they lack study skills in and develop an individualized plan of action. I teach students the techniques and have them apply said techniques to their academic classes. I regularly assess them to determine what is working and what is not working for my students.

Trigonometry

I have experience tutoring high school and college level trigonometry. My high school clientele conisists of general and honors level trigonometry students. I used textbooks and online resources to supplement their instruction.My college students were primarily pre-enginnering students attending Butler County Community College.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Biology
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
MEd
M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Other

Education

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Biology)

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (MEd)

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Other)

Great Teacher

With almost 5 hours of tutoring in it is obvious that Abraham is very knowledgeable in several upper level subject areas. He is an excellent teacher for my son and I highly recommend him.

— Jennifer, Butler, PA on 2/15/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Abraham will travel within 20 miles of Butler, PA 16001.