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Cheryl H.

Houston, TX

$55/hr

Specialized in Algebra, Geometry, Chinese and Piano

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Awesome Music Teacher - Professional, Organized, Patient & Detailed!
— Racine, Houston, TX on 9/10/14

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Computer Science
Dallas Theological Seminary (MACE) Master of Art in Christian Education
Master's

Education

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Computer Science)

Dallas Theological Seminary (MACE) Master of Art in Christian Education (Master's)

About Cheryl

I am a certified Math 6-12, ESL supplemental and EC-12 LOTE Chinese language teacher in the State of Texas. I have taught Algebra 1 and PreAP Geometry in a SBISD high school. In addition to my public school teaching, I have years of experiences teaching beginner and intermediate Chinese to Adults and young children in a heritage Chinese school in West Houston area. I am also a group and private piano teacher specialized in teaching beginners using Mayron Cole's Piano Method for 10+ years in my home studio. My gift and passion to teach enables me to set example for lifelong learning. I graduated with honor as a cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Computer Science with minor in Math. I also received high honor and award with my M.A. degree in Christian Education from DTS.

Believing that each student is unique, I enjoy getting to know my students in order to assess their strengths as well as areas for improvement. My background and experiences in ESL also enhances me to relate and encourage students to adjust and set appropriate steps and goals to reach their full potentials. My philosophy and approach in teaching is to help students to establish a solid foundation first whether it be math skill, language comprehension, or rhythm/sight reading for music, then based on students' abilities and interests to apply and work toward mastery of knowledge, understanding and application toward their learning goals and objectives. I value feedback from both students and parents to ensure a good relational dynamic to promote an active learning process for inquiry and success.

I am flexible to work with students' schedule. Though I have a 24 hours cancellation policy, make up lesson usually can be arranged when notice is given in advance. To ensure the best environment and utilize the resources I have available, I do prefer students to come to my neighborhood location for private lessons or group classes. However, I am willing to travel to another location if the distance is reasonable and not too far.

I look forward hearing from you and helping you to achieve success in your studies.
I am a certified Math 6-12, ESL supplemental and EC-12 LOTE Chinese language teacher in the State of Texas. I have taught Read more

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"Awesome Music Teacher - Professional, Organized, Patient & Detailed!"

- Racine, Houston, TX on 9/10/14
Cheryl replied on 9/11/2014

Hi Racine,

Thank you for the recommendation which means a lot to me as a music teacher. I am excited and looking forward to teach and make your daughter a musical kid who will appreciate the gift of music, which is a special gift she can treasure for life.

"Good 09/06/14 Lesson"

- Benjamin, Richmond, TX on 9/16/14

"Great Tutor"

- Andrew, Houston, TX on 6/6/14
Cheryl replied on 6/6/2014

Thank you Andrew for the positive feedback. It was a pleasure working with you. I admire your motivation and commitment toward education. I wish you the very best in achieving success.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ESL/ESOL
Science:
Physics
Computer:
Computer Programming, Computer Science
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL
Music:
Music Theory,
Piano,
Sight Singing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Study Skills
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math,
STAAR,
TAKS
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking
Corporate Training:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

While teaching in public school, I had day to day experience working with students who have special needs such as ADD//ADHD. I worked with the special education specialists at school to set up the appropriate accommodations and collaborated with teachers in other core subjects to help to provide the best education environment for students with special needs.

I understand that students with ADD/ADHD may need more attention as well as patience and is willing to work with the students and families to fine tone the best approach for individualized learning in order to provide the ultimate challenges to motivate their success. I am a certified Math 6-12, ESL supplemental and EC-12 LOTE Chinese language teacher in the State of Texas.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the foundation course to high school math. You must master the concepts learned in this course to be successful in Geometry, Algebra 2 and beyond.

MY QUALIFICATIONS TO TUTOR THIS COURSE

• Taught this course in a high school setting.
• Tutored this subject both in school and online.
• Degrees in Computer Science with minor in Math.
• plus… I’m pretty good at it!


WHAT *IS* ALGEBRA, ANYWAY?

Oh, *so* many answers to that question. Here are a few:

• A branch of mathematics that substitutes letters for numbers (think: Captain Crunch Super Decoder Ring!)
• A language for expressing abstract concepts (think: French, Latin, Urdu or Esperanto)
• A mathematical model of a real-life situation (think: word problems)
• A system of mathematical rules for calculating unknown numerical values which meet specified conditions (think: solving equations)

I like this last definition most, since it is closest to how we actually use it in this course, and elsewhere.

Algebra is a * -- system of rules -- * by which we get stuff done. The rules are consistent (always work the same way), no matter how simple or complex the problem; learn these rules, and how to use them productively, and they will take you far! To quote that great mathematician Buzz Lightyear, “To Infinity, And Beyond!”


MY TOP FIVE MATH “TROUBLE TOPICS”

Having taught Algebra 1 in high school,I came across the same handful of topics which hold students back year after year because they did not take the time to master them. ALL OF THEM are found in Algebra 1:

1) solving equations
2) word problems
3) systems of linear equations (2 equations, 2 unknowns)
4) equations of lines, and their graphs
5) adding and subtracting negative numbers

I can help you become more confident in these areas, because they are so important for your mathematical success! Later courses build on them (and trust me: they lean VERY heavily on this foundation), so it’s best to master them now.


ALGEBRA 1 TOPIC LIST

Here’s a list of what most Algebra 1 courses cover:

Introduction
• variables
• order of operations
• equations
• expressions

Real Numbers and Integers
• number line
• basic four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide )

Solving Linear Equations (this is CRUCIAL!)
• one-step and two-step equations
• multi-step equations (terms in parentheses, like terms)
• variables on both sides
• formulas and functions

Graphing Linear Equations
• what is slope?
• slope-intercept form
• solving linear equations using graphs

Writing Linear Equations
• point-slope form: y – y1 = m(x – x1)
• slope-intercept form: y = mx + b
• standard form: ax + by = c

[ ==> ??? Do these last three topics tell you that LINEAR EQUATIONS ARE IMPORTANT ??? <===]

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities
• (parallels section on solving linear equations, above)

Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
• solving by graphing
• solving by substitution
• solving by linear combination

Exponents and Exponential Functions
• multiplication and division properties of exponents
• zero and negative exponents
• scientific notation
• exponential growth/decay functions

Quadratic Equations and Functions
• simplifying radicals
• solving by finding square root
• solving by graphing
• solving by the Quadratic Formula

Polynomials and Factoring
• adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials
• special products of polynomials
• solving polynomial equations in factored form (THIS is COOL!)
• factoring x^2 + bx + c and ax^2 + bx +c (THIS is even COOLER! I’ll show you the EASIEST WAY EVER to do this!)
• factoring using the Distributive Property (Factor By Grouping)


BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!

This is as far as most high school Algebra 1 courses dare go… and it’s quite a challenge for most students. But if you’re still with us, and it’s not yet June, here are some “Scenes From Upcoming Math Courses” included in the last two or three chapters of most textbooks for the more advanced student:

Rational Equations and Functions (essential in Algebra 2)
• ratio and proportion
• direct and inverse variation
• simplifying rational expressions
• multiplying and dividing rational expressions
• adding and subtracting rational expressions
• dividing polynomials

Radicals and Connections to Geometry
• functions involving square roots
• radical expressions
• solving radical equations
• Completing The Square (this is where the Quadratic Formula comes from!)
• the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse
• the distance and midpoint formulas
• investigating similar triangles
• trigonometric ratios


You can see that Algebra 1 is a very broad course, and to be held responsible for so much varied material is a pretty tall order! As your tutor, I can help you in areas where you may need assistance.

Algebra 2

At the high school I taught at, we used this Algebra 2 curriculum listed below as the scope and sequence for teaching the actual course:
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I can work with students on any areas which they want to focus or target to aim for the best result in understanding the concepts and mastering through practices and applications.

REVIEW SOLVING EQUATIONS AND SYSTEMS
* 1 equation, 1 unknown and
* 2 equations, 2 unknowns

QUADRATIC EQUATIONS: We became EXPERTS at solving ax^2 + bx + c = 0. using three different methods:

1) Quadratic Formula (of course!)
2) Factoring (the NEATEST and SIMPLEST trick I EVER saw makes this EASY and FOOLPROOF!)
3) Completing the Square (for those who need/want the extra rigor)

FACTORING HIGHER ORDER EXPRESSIONS: After mastering quadratics, we expanded our factoring repetoire to higher-order functions (x^3, x^4 and beyond) by reducing them to products of first- and second-order expressions.

And all of this was to prepare you for...

RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND EQUATIONS: Around the end of the first semester we finally arrive at the mountain top -- being able to:

* find least-common denominator (LCD) and greatest common factor (GCF) of two rational expressions
* simplify rational expressions (using all factoring methods)
* solve rational equations (including identifying extraneous solutions)

RADICAL EQUATIONS AND EXPRESSIONS: The same "simplify expression/solve equation" duality we used for quadratics and rational expressions is harnessed to tame equations containing radicals.

* Eliminating Radicals (where possible)
* Rationalizing the Denominator
* Simplifying Radical Expressions
* Solving Radical Equations

COMPLEX NUMBERS: Remember the "lie" you were told in second grade about how you can't evaluate 3 - 7, since 7 is bigger than 3? Well, one day you suddenly *could*, and "negative numbers" were born!

Similarly, the statement "you can't take the square root of negative numbers" is also going into the dust bin, because we are again expanding our numbering system, this time to include "i", the square root of -1.

* Using Complex Conjugates
* Getting "i" out of the Denominator
* Simplifying Complex Expressions
* Solving Complex Equations
* Solving Quadratic Equations with Complex Roots (you know... the ones you "couldn't" solve before, because the quantity under the radical was negative)

LOGARITHMS AND EXPONENTIALS: Finally, after losing a month to state testing, this is the subject which was long neglected at most public schools: logarithms and exponentials. Besides learning each of these topics inside and out, I also emphasize their dual nature, namely how every logarithmic equation can be written in an exponential form (and vice versa), and how to exploit the fact that logs and exponentials are inverse functions of each other.

Specifics:

* What is a logarithm -- REALLY?
* Simplifying log equations
* Log identities
* Exponential equations (solving)
* Applications (e.g. population)


ALL THE OTHER STUFF: Sadly, everything we'd like to see in every Algebra 2 course won't fit... which is why I can also tutor on many of the things we were forced to leave out:

* Conic Sections
* Sequences and Series
* Using a Calculator to Characterize Functions

If you don't see what you need listed, please ask. If I can, I'll give you some ideas or point you in the right direction.

Chinese

I am a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese and I am also certified to teach Chinese LOTE EC-12 in the State of Texas. I have taught both children and adults beginner and conversational Chinese in a Chinese School and work with students in private lesson settings.

Elementary Math

Elementary Math is the foundation for core courses which students will take later on in middle/high school. During one on one tutoring, I'd like to assess students' understanding and skills first, then work with students accordingly to target areas for improvement. For regular school session, I would like to check with the teachers' school calendar to set pace or move in advance in order to assist students to excel in their school works. For summer session, I would like to review previous acquired concepts and skills briefly, then move on to prepare students by introducing new concepts/topics which are essential for the new school year.

ESL/ESOL

I am a certified ESL/ESOL supplemental teacher in the State of Texas. My experiences of working with ESL students are mainly through my interactions with students at schools as well as in my church/neighborhood communities.

I would like to emphasize both the culture and language aspects of the learning for ESL students due to my other passion in teaching and learning foreign languages. Due to my own bi-culture background and upbringings, I believe immersion is the best approach for language learning. Object lessons, show and tell, live demonstrations are some of my methods to enhance interactions with students of various age levels.

Geometry

Geometry is a core subject of my specialty since I have experience of teaching Geometry in school setting. I have also worked with students in various background in tutoring Geometry. One on one tutoring is most effective when areas for improvement can be targeted to work on so lessons can be set up to provide strategies to help students to overcome the obstacles in order to achieve success.

Geometry can be a difficult class for many students. sandwiched in most high school curricula between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, geometry is different from those classes because it calls upon more than just the pure mathematical aptitude the others require.

But make no mistake: you DO need solid algebra skills to succeed in geometry,in my experience you also need to be creative, logical and be able to “think” logically, and visualize in 2 and 3 dimensions. I’ve taught this class at the PreAP level, and I can help you if you are committed to work to cross those huddles to race for success.

Music Theory

Music Theory is an essential part of music education. I have incorporated music theory in my piano lessons for the past 10+ years and I use Theory Time curriculum with students who desire additional practices and focus to gain mastery in music theory.

Piano

I have been teaching private and group lesson in my home studio using the Mayron Cole piano method for more than 10 years and my specialty is teaching beginner and intermediate piano in private, semi-private or small group setting. I also serve as a pianist and vocalist at my church for more than 10 years. I am a certified Mayron Cole Piano Method Instructor since 2005.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra Math is the foundation for Algebra courses which students will take later on in middle/high school. During one on one tutoring, I'd like to assess students' understanding and skills first, then work with students accordingly to target areas for improvement. For regular school session, I would like to check with the teachers' school calendar to set pace or move in advance in order to assist students to excel in their school works. For summer session, I would like to review previous acquired concepts and skills briefly, then move on to prepare students by introducing new concepts/topics which are essential for the new school year.

SAT Math

SAT Math is a crucial element for the SAT test. As a math teacher/tutor, I like to work with students by first assessing their test taking ability with sample test, target on areas which students may need help the most, then work on test taking strategies to enhance test scores.

When it comes to SAT or ACT or any other type of test preparations, I believe firmly in "Practice, Practice, Practice!!!"

STAAR

I have taught Math in public schools so I am familiar and have experience helping students to prepare for STAAR EOC Math such as Algebra and Geometry.

To help students to gain familiarity for test format and to assess their readiness, I like to use sample questions from previous released tests. Test taking skills, time management and effective use of the calculator can also help to enhance and aim to student's success.

Most of the students I tutored have successfully passed the Math STAAR EOC tests, which is crucial for their advancement in public school education.

Study Skills

I am a certified teacher with experience teaching students in public schools. I taught study skills to students both in the classroom or in tutorials after school on regular basis because study skills are the essential tools to implement success in academic studies of all subject areas.

While in school as a student, I was always able to maintain top grades in all subjects and I attribute good study skills to my success. Whether it is note taking, time management or organizational skills, I believe they are all essential tools for any good students. My tutoring session for study skills, therefore, will include:

Effective note taking
Effective reading and concentration techniques
Create a binder to organize course work
Effective time management techniques
Test taking skills

I would love to pass on my experience and knowledge of study skills to help students particularly in building a solid foundation for life long learning. To enhance the interaction with students, I also would recommend a book reading as an option to motivate and discuss the related topics with the students.

TAKS

I have taught Math in public school so I am familiar and have experience helping students to prepare for TAKS Math like Algebra and Geometry.

To help students to gain familiarity for test format and to assess their readiness, I like to use sample questions from previous released tests. Test taking skills, time management and effective use of the calculator can also help to enhance and aim to student's success.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Computer Science
Dallas Theological Seminary (MACE) Master of Art in Christian Education
Master's

Education

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Computer Science)

Dallas Theological Seminary (MACE) Master of Art in Christian Education (Master's)

Awesome Music Teacher - Professional, Organized, Patient & Detailed! — Mrs. Cheryl has been extremely patient with my 4 year old daughter in setting up her 1st piano class and 28 week program. Since initially contacting Mrs. Cheryl through WyzAnt, she has presented us with a curriculum that has my daughter enthusiastic about learning music. Shortly after her first lesson, my daughter appeared to understand the basic concepts of the piano and is able to identify rhyth ...

— Racine, Houston, TX on 9/10/14

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Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Cheryl will travel within 10 miles of Houston, TX 77077.

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