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Clinton S.

Austin, TX

$52/hour

MIT Grad for Math, English & Science Tutoring, able to do Test Prep

Background check passed as of 7/25/14
4.8 average from 21 ratings
Great Tutor !
— Edward, Del Valle, TX on 1/14/16

$52/Hour


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M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Education

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

About Clinton

I am an effective Math, English and Science tutor who is great at working with anyone struggling with low esteem. I am able to motivate people into their goals.

I have a Bachelor's of Science degree from MIT and I have several years of working directly with high school students in the public school system in Math (especially Algebra and Geometry) and English. I understand many of the struggles that learners have along the way and I am known for being a great listener and motivator. I especially love Math but I also delight in Writing. Plus, the scientist in me loves to ask thought-provoking questions.

Many of my years in school seemed to come easy, but struggles I faced as I advanced through school and my experience working with students who didn’t always find learning coming easy to them has strengthened me in patience and understanding. In the process, I have gained strategies to help students learn and overcome.

I also have about seven years of experience working with elementary and middle school aged children, mainly in a mentoring capacity along with tutoring. I am also able to work with adults and I have tutored college students of varying ages.

I seek to meet students where they are at in the challenges that they face but help instill confidence in their ability to grow beyond where they are today. If you work with me, you will grow in confidence in your abilities but you will also be challenged to think and grow. You will see your subject material at different angles and gain new insights.

I believe that everyone is able to learn and grow and be more than they are today.

One of my mentors loved to say, “it’s not about the intercept, it’s about the slope.” That is to say, it’s not about where you start at today, but your attitude, approach, and action can launch you more quickly into places you’ve never dreamed before.

I will help you reach your goals through my questions, demonstration, explanation, examples and feedback.

I hope to be of service to you in your endeavors!
I am an effective Math, English and Science tutor who is great at working with anyone struggling with low esteem. I am able to motivate people into their goals.

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Cancellations: 100% of hourly rate will be charged if given less than 6 hrs notice. Rate: If travel to you is more than 30 miles each way, I ask for an extra $10/hour to cover gas and travel time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Austin, TX 78723
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"Great Tutor !"

- Edward, Del Valle, TX on 1/14/16

"Excellent Math Tutor"

- Lita, Austin, TX on 6/5/15
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
Music:
Music Theory
English:
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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.

Algebra 1

I have served as a math tutor in Austin area public schools for several years, focusing especially on Algebra 1. I am very familiar with all concepts needed for success in Algebra, including preparation for the Algebra 1 STAAR Exam. I have spent many hours working with students who felt lost and discouraged and often use questions and apply real-world examples to pique interest in subject matter.

Algebra 2

I first took Algebra 2 in ninth grade, enjoyed it thoroughly and used its principles throughout further advanced math classes. I have also tutored high school students in Algebra 2 concepts in the public schools. My experience focusing on Algebra 1 concepts as a tutor helps me understand and set the stage for Algebra 2, which has overlap. I also have experience working with college students on College Algebra.

Chess

I have played chess since I was in sixth grade. I know many foundational principles to playing the game. As a part of my job as a math tutor, I also taught high school students some principles of how to play the game and oversaw them as they learned. We sometimes used this as a break from math or to help develop problem solving skills.

We walked through some endgame strategy, general opening principles and middle-game tactics. I play regularly today online and have some experience in live board tournament play. I continue to grow and learn more about the game and how I can get better. My experience and lessons learned can be of benefit to students seeking to get better at chess. I also find that principles beyond chess can be applied to other areas of life.

Elementary Math

I have worked as a math tutor for high school students and have experience working with younger students on math skills & math homework through after school programs. My experience working with high school students helps me understand where these younger students are going in math. And it also has helped me to understand where certain gaps in knowledge are, where the older students did not grasp certain things which they now have to struggle to overcome in high school. My insight there is invaluable to helping me inspire and cultivate the minds of elementary math students.

Elementary Science

I have an S.B. (we call it S.B. there) from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and I have many years studying science and in doing lab work. Plus, I think like a scientist. I wonder about the "why?" of different things in life and about how things work. I would serve as a role model and a bridge to connect elementary science students to possibilities beyond where they are at. My experience tutoring in other subjects in public schools also has given me insight on fostering and nurturing the individual in front of me, not just to get them to pass a test.

English

In addition to working as a math tutor, for several years I have worked as an English tutor in the Austin public schools. I have experience in tutoring students in need of extra preparation for the STAAR English 1 and English II Tests in Texas. I used material to provoke interest in reading through paying attention to details, character analysis, and applicable written assignments. Students have noted their improvement after working with me.

Geometry

I love math and I have worked directly with students within the public schools on Geometry concepts for several years. My educational background bookends foundational concepts in Algebra to those in Calculus in other advanced maths and I also see how certain geometrical concepts can translate into further math studies.

Grammar

I am a grammar "junkie." I love to write and my experience as an English tutor in the public schools serves me well in gaining insight into what errors are often made with students who are seeking to get better with grammar. I use a patient approach and equip students to be able to begin to catch these errors through increasing their understanding of the English language. Students leave able to express their ideas in more creative and sound ways.

Prealgebra

I have worked as a math tutor in the Austin public schools for several years. I focused predominately on students who needed extra preparation for Algebra or who were currently taking Algebra. Through this, I know what students need to prepare for before starting Algebra and can use my knowledge and engaging attitude to propel Prealgebra students forward. My use of questions helps students to get beyond just the material and memorization that often is needed in math, deeper into the exciting concepts which lie beneath the surface.

Precalculus

I first took precalculus my tenth grade year in high school and enjoyed the material as it prepared me for calculus. I understand the desire for students to want to master this material before stepping into college level material and I appreciate it. I was able to go into Calculus prepared with the foundation I took from Precalculus. My experience as math tutor, specifically in Algebra has also prepared me well to understand difficulties students have with math. It has also helped me with techniques to emphasize conceptual learning and get students to slow down when approaching math problems. This skill translates well into Precalculus when the Algebra is integrated into new concepts.

Proofreading

I often am the guy who is able to catch typographical errors as they pop out conspicuously from the page. In my experience as an English tutor in the public schools, proofreading was something I encouraged my students to relentlessly engage in. There was also plenty of proofreading and editing that came with the territory as I also imparted important knowledge and skills for how to do this to my students.

PSAT

I took the PSAT several times during my time in high school and ended as a National Merit Commended student. I am familiar with the test, especially the math portions, which were my strongest. My background working as a Math and English tutor in the public high schools also strengthens my ability to tie together material being taught and emphasized within high school curriculum to the PSAT test.

Reading

First, I am a reader and a writer and see how reading and writing make life enjoyable and open doors within the world. My experience working as an English tutor in the public schools with preparation for the STAAR Algebra, English I and English II all came with great practice in helping students read more effectively. So much of the test-taking started with the ability to read and figure out what was being asked. In helping English students, we delve into literature, into plot, character development, literary devices to try to grasp what was going on. We paired this with exploration of different genres and short writing to strengthen reading comprehension.

SAT Math

I scored over 700 on the SAT math test when I took it in high school and am familiar with all of the math concepts on it through my expertise in Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry and Precalculus. Also, I have experience preparing students for the PSAT test through my work as a math tutor in the public high schools. This will translate into the SAT test as well. My approach emphasizing critical thinking builds math skills and an interest in the concepts needed to succeed.

STAAR

I have worked for several years as a Math and an English tutor in the public high schools in Texas. I was asked to help students in need of preparation for the STAAR and have spent many hours poring over the essential knowledge and skills needed for the STAAR, particularly the Algebra assessment. My experience predominately as a math tutor has given me great understanding of the pitfalls Algebra students often fall into and strategies to avoid them.

I also have spent time preparing students in Reading and Writing to boost their confidence and sharpen their skills for the English I and English II Assessments. I am familiar with what graders are looking for on both of those tests (English I & II). And I know techniques to help students channel their energy with the time restraints of the test. My experience working as a tutor in the public schools with preparation for the English I and English II all came with great practice in helping students read, comprehend, and write more effectively.

I am able to focus in on test-specific needs but also encourage a love of learning the topics and concepts in both STAAR Algebra and English I/II.

Students have noted improvement and increased success in both STAAR Algebra and English after working with me.

Vocabulary

My experience working as a Math and English tutor in public schools always brings up interesting conversations with students. Especially when working as an English tutor I have always discovered new words and was able to inspire students to come alive in the wonder of exploring new words. As a reader and listener today I continue to gain new insights and vocabulary to be able to use and teach!

Writing

In addition to working as a math tutor, for several years I have worked as an English tutor in the Austin public schools. I have experience in tutoring students in need of extra preparation for the STAAR English 1 and English II Tests in Texas. Also, my background in Science in college included necessary extensive writing assignments for experiments. Hence, I am well-versed in writing in different styles for different audiences.

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Education

M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Great Tutor ! — Clinton came to the rescue, it was a last minute request and he did an outstanding job helping my son with Algebra. I am grateful that he was able to come and give that type of quality teaching in such short notice. He is as good as advertised and well worth every bit of praise. ...

— Edward, Del Valle, TX on 1/14/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $52.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Cancellations: 100% of hourly rate will be charged if given less than 6 hrs notice. Rate: If travel to you is more than 30 miles each way, I ask for an extra $10/hour to cover gas and travel time.

Travel policy

Clinton will travel within 40 miles of Austin, TX 78723.