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Peter A.

Effective Math and Test Prep Tutor

Effective Math and Test Prep Tutor

$40/hour

  • 276 hours tutoring

  • Lancaster, PA 17602

About Peter


Bio

Math and other subjects often seem like foreign languages to students. I act as an interpreter, helping students to understand concepts intuitively.

Education is more than just a transfer of information. The very act of learning provides an opportunity for students to learn processes for problem solving and other skills. I encourage and instruct students in the development of these processes. This results in improved study habits as well as improved grades.

In addition to information...

Math and other subjects often seem like foreign languages to students. I act as an interpreter, helping students to understand concepts intuitively.

Education is more than just a transfer of information. The very act of learning provides an opportunity for students to learn processes for problem solving and other skills. I encourage and instruct students in the development of these processes. This results in improved study habits as well as improved grades.

In addition to information transfer and process development, students require motivation of some sort. The best motivation is internal, and I work with students to cultivate that, making learning fun for them.

My experience in one-on-one tutoring, online and classroom instruction, and as a mathematics curriculum editor have taught me what is effective in terms of making concepts accessible. Experience with computer programming has helped me in the area of process development, and my own learning experiences have taught me what makes learning come alive.

Contact me if you are interested in learning more about what has made my students so enthusiastic about my teaching.


Education

Fairwood Bible Institute
Applied Bible Study

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $40 for in-person / $40 for online
  • Rate details: I will tutor groups of students for a reduced rate of $20 per student, with a minimum of 3 students per group.
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/2/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

Elementary math provides a foundation for all other mathematical concepts and principles. Because of this, it is important to be sure that students have an intuitive understanding of the processes and rules that they learn. My approach to elementary math provides this intuitive understanding along with the practice that allows them to become fluent in the processes of arithmetic.

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

History

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

I received a certificate of graduation from Fairwood Bible Institute, a three-year Bible school in Dublin NH. Five years after graduation I participated in a one-year program offered to graduates. This program was divided between classroom and fieldwork. The fieldwork included youth ministry and teaching Sunday School, among other things. In addition to my Bible training, I have extensive experience in on-on-one tutoring, Bible-study leadership, expository Bible study articles and public speaking. My knowledge of the Bible is deepened by the fact that I have read it through approximately ten times.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is the subject that generalizes the principles of arithmetic and other areas of math. The rules that apply when all the numbers are known still apply when some of the numbers are missing. One benefit of the study of algebra is that a student learns to take specific information and use it in new ways. This skill applies to areas outside of math, and it is part of the reason why the study of algebra is useful to students who do not plan to go into math-related fields.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

While the distinction between algebra 1 and algebra 2 is an artificial one, algebra 2 picks up where algebra 1 leaves off. As a student gains skill in algebra, they experience the benefit of creating processes for commonly-repeated tasks. This experience is useful even for students who will not be working in math-related fields. My approach to algebra 2 is designed to make the study as useful as possible to students in the long term, while encouraging the best current results in their classroom and testing experience.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus studies the quantities that are related to change. If algebra and trigonometry are tools, then calculus can be thought of as a maker of tools. Many formulas that are used by students from an early age were created using calculus. While only a small percentage of students will use differentiation and integration in their career, those who don't will also benefit from the study of calculus. This is because calculus gives the student practice with solving challenging problems, which is applicable in any career. Students learn to analyze problems, identify solutions, modify solutions that worked for other problems, and create new solutions independently.
Geometry,

Geometry

By definition, geometry is the study of shapes or three dimensional objects. As a part of this study, students learn definitions, theorems, postulates, and proofs. While not every student will use these things in their future career, there is a more general skill that should be of use to any student. The study of geometry provides practice with the skill of strict logical thinking, and the ability to organize small pieces of seemingly-disconnected information in a way that allows them to solve complex problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a defined area of study, prealgebra provides a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. It is the point where students have to begin to grasp concepts that are more abstract. Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals are easy to represent with objects, along number lines, or in the real world. Negative numbers, roots, and radicals are slightly more difficult, but they can be represented visually or with metaphors. My approach includes these representations as students begin to make the transition into the abstract. Abstract thinking is a skill that has countless applications for students after they graduate. Every time they need to think about something without seeing it, they will be engaging in abstract thinking.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is a sort of bridge course that is offered in some schools and colleges. It provides a way to transition from advanced algebra and trigonometry into calculus. Typically precalculus will review topics such as logs, exponentials, limits, sequences and series, and functions. As such it can seem dry to some students. The concepts are very abstract, and they haven't had the opportunity to see them in application in calculus itself. My approach to precalculus includes some illustrations that will help to see more of the "why" of some of these concepts.
SAT Math, SAT Reading

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is the subject that generalizes the principles of arithmetic and other areas of math. The rules that apply when all the numbers are known still apply when some of the numbers are missing. One benefit of the study of algebra is that a student learns to take specific information and use it in new ways. This skill applies to areas outside of math, and it is part of the reason why the study of algebra is useful to students who do not plan to go into math-related fields.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

While the distinction between algebra 1 and algebra 2 is an artificial one, algebra 2 picks up where algebra 1 leaves off. As a student gains skill in algebra, they experience the benefit of creating processes for commonly-repeated tasks. This experience is useful even for students who will not be working in math-related fields. My approach to algebra 2 is designed to make the study as useful as possible to students in the long term, while encouraging the best current results in their classroom and testing experience.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus studies the quantities that are related to change. If algebra and trigonometry are tools, then calculus can be thought of as a maker of tools. Many formulas that are used by students from an early age were created using calculus. While only a small percentage of students will use differentiation and integration in their career, those who don't will also benefit from the study of calculus. This is because calculus gives the student practice with solving challenging problems, which is applicable in any career. Students learn to analyze problems, identify solutions, modify solutions that worked for other problems, and create new solutions independently.
Geometry,

Geometry

By definition, geometry is the study of shapes or three dimensional objects. As a part of this study, students learn definitions, theorems, postulates, and proofs. While not every student will use these things in their future career, there is a more general skill that should be of use to any student. The study of geometry provides practice with the skill of strict logical thinking, and the ability to organize small pieces of seemingly-disconnected information in a way that allows them to solve complex problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a defined area of study, prealgebra provides a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. It is the point where students have to begin to grasp concepts that are more abstract. Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals are easy to represent with objects, along number lines, or in the real world. Negative numbers, roots, and radicals are slightly more difficult, but they can be represented visually or with metaphors. My approach includes these representations as students begin to make the transition into the abstract. Abstract thinking is a skill that has countless applications for students after they graduate. Every time they need to think about something without seeing it, they will be engaging in abstract thinking.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is a sort of bridge course that is offered in some schools and colleges. It provides a way to transition from advanced algebra and trigonometry into calculus. Typically precalculus will review topics such as logs, exponentials, limits, sequences and series, and functions. As such it can seem dry to some students. The concepts are very abstract, and they haven't had the opportunity to see them in application in calculus itself. My approach to precalculus includes some illustrations that will help to see more of the "why" of some of these concepts.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is by definition the study of triangles. That said, the applications that arise from the study of trigonometry go far beyond three-sided geometric figures. The motion of springs and pendulums, as well as the changing voltage of alternating current can all be quantified using trigonometry. While there are many careers that do not use trigonometry directly, there are skills that are learned in trigonometry that can be applied in a wide range of ways. One example is that trigonometry provides experience in looking at one problem from a wide range of perspectives. This is a skill that is useful in any profession.
ACT Math, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is the subject that generalizes the principles of arithmetic and other areas of math. The rules that apply when all the numbers are known still apply when some of the numbers are missing. One benefit of the study of algebra is that a student learns to take specific information and use it in new ways. This skill applies to areas outside of math, and it is part of the reason why the study of algebra is useful to students who do not plan to go into math-related fields.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

While the distinction between algebra 1 and algebra 2 is an artificial one, algebra 2 picks up where algebra 1 leaves off. As a student gains skill in algebra, they experience the benefit of creating processes for commonly-repeated tasks. This experience is useful even for students who will not be working in math-related fields. My approach to algebra 2 is designed to make the study as useful as possible to students in the long term, while encouraging the best current results in their classroom and testing experience.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus studies the quantities that are related to change. If algebra and trigonometry are tools, then calculus can be thought of as a maker of tools. Many formulas that are used by students from an early age were created using calculus. While only a small percentage of students will use differentiation and integration in their career, those who don't will also benefit from the study of calculus. This is because calculus gives the student practice with solving challenging problems, which is applicable in any career. Students learn to analyze problems, identify solutions, modify solutions that worked for other problems, and create new solutions independently.
Geometry,

Geometry

By definition, geometry is the study of shapes or three dimensional objects. As a part of this study, students learn definitions, theorems, postulates, and proofs. While not every student will use these things in their future career, there is a more general skill that should be of use to any student. The study of geometry provides practice with the skill of strict logical thinking, and the ability to organize small pieces of seemingly-disconnected information in a way that allows them to solve complex problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As a defined area of study, prealgebra provides a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. It is the point where students have to begin to grasp concepts that are more abstract. Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals are easy to represent with objects, along number lines, or in the real world. Negative numbers, roots, and radicals are slightly more difficult, but they can be represented visually or with metaphors. My approach includes these representations as students begin to make the transition into the abstract. Abstract thinking is a skill that has countless applications for students after they graduate. Every time they need to think about something without seeing it, they will be engaging in abstract thinking.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus is a sort of bridge course that is offered in some schools and colleges. It provides a way to transition from advanced algebra and trigonometry into calculus. Typically precalculus will review topics such as logs, exponentials, limits, sequences and series, and functions. As such it can seem dry to some students. The concepts are very abstract, and they haven't had the opportunity to see them in application in calculus itself. My approach to precalculus includes some illustrations that will help to see more of the "why" of some of these concepts.

Other

Bible Studies

Bible Studies

I received a certificate of graduation from Fairwood Bible Institute, a three-year Bible school in Dublin NH. Five years after graduation I participated in a one-year program offered to graduates. This program was divided between classroom and fieldwork. The fieldwork included youth ministry and teaching Sunday School, among other things. In addition to my Bible training, I have extensive experience in on-on-one tutoring, Bible-study leadership, expository Bible study articles and public speaking. My knowledge of the Bible is deepened by the fact that I have read it through approximately ten times.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra is the subject that generalizes the principles of arithmetic and other areas of math. The rules that apply when all the numbers are known still apply when some of the numbers are missing. One benefit of the study of algebra is that a student learns to take specific information and use it in new ways. This skill applies to areas outside of math, and it is part of the reason why the study of algebra is useful to students who do not plan to go into math-related fields.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

While the distinction between algebra 1 and algebra 2 is an artificial one, algebra 2 picks up where algebra 1 leaves off. As a student gains skill in algebra, they experience the benefit of creating processes for commonly-repeated tasks. This experience is useful even for students who will not be working in math-related fields. My approach to algebra 2 is designed to make the study as useful as possible to students in the long term, while encouraging the best current results in their classroom and testing experience.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus studies the quantities that are related to change. If algebra and trigonometry are tools, then calculus can be thought of as a maker of tools. Many formulas that are used by students from an early age were created using calculus. While only a small percentage of students will use differentiation and integration in their career, those who don't will also benefit from the study of calculus. This is because calculus gives the student practice with solving challenging problems, which is applicable in any career. Students learn to analyze problems, identify solutions, modify solutions that worked for other problems, and create new solutions independently.
Geometry,

Geometry

By definition, geometry is the study of shapes or three dimensional objects. As a part of this study, students learn definitions, theorems, postulates, and proofs. While not every student will use these things in their future career, there is a more general skill that should be of use to any student. The study of geometry provides practice with the skill of strict logical thinking, and the ability to organize small pieces of seemingly-disconnected information in a way that allows them to solve complex problems.
GED, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Resources

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Excellent Tutor

My daughter needed help with a review sheet for a test the next day. We found Peter using wyzant's online tutoring. Peter was extremely helpful and my daughter feels confident about her test today.

Carly, 1 lesson with Peter

Knowledgeable Tutor

My son Diego finally understood how to measure angles with the protractor. Peter is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. I will definitely recommend him. We are already schedule the next session.

Sandra, 6 lessons with Peter

Very patient and a good listener

My wife and I were very pleased with Peter. He arrived promptly and listened to our daughter and maintained a professional yet inviting, considerate attitude that our daughter felt very comfortable with. We will definitely have him back.

Jason, 6 lessons with Peter

Great Calculus Tutor!!!

From the few session we have had, Peter seems to really be able to connect with my son on a different level, putting things in perspectives that he doesn't get in class. Peter is easy to talk to, willing to work around my schedule, and fit in our first session with very short notice. We have seen positive results already, and our son seems to have more enthusiasm for AP Calculus.

Eric, 17 lessons with Peter

Outstanding Tutor

Peter gave my son not just a superficial method of solving math problems, but a conceptual understanding of how to approach them logically. Because we didn't know at first where to turn, my son only had time for 4 lessons, but his Math SAT score was 60 points higher than his first one. Peter really goes all out in making both the student and parents feel comfortable with the tutoring process.

Eric, 4 lessons with Peter

Exellent Tutor!

Peter was quick to respond to the call for help with geometry. It was my daughter's first time being tutored and she got much out of the two hour sessions. He gave her a break in between sessions. He was very patient with my daughter, who passed her final exam thanks to Peter's help. I am grateful to have had him placed in our pathway at such a short notice. He was an answer to our prayers.

Celinda, 1 lesson with Peter

Awesome Tutor

Peter is a great tutor for my daughter. He always arrives on time, is very flexible, and is very patient. Her grades have improved tremendously. Peter is an awesome tutor!

Daliah, 20 lessons with Peter

Great tutor!

Peter was an excellent tutor for my daughter. He always arrived on time, and was very patient and thorough when explaining her questions. He was able to make connections between calculus and the real world, enabling her to better understand the topic. Overall, Peter was a fantastic tutor!

Jennifer, 6 lessons with Peter

Great tutor

Peter is patient, punctual, and thorough. My son's grades have improved. I am very glad Peter is my son's tutor.

Lynne, 8 lessons with Peter
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