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Colorado School of Mines (Engineering)
I have always loved learning, yet it took pre-algebra to make me love math, and precalculus lead to engineering. After nearly 5 years working as an engineer, I wanted to begin graduate school but needed prerequisites in science, and began post-bachelors studies instead. Through my years as a student, I studied with my fellow students, exchanging knowledge and problem-solving techniques so we could all succeed in our coursework. This excitement for understanding something previously mysterious or confusing is what I bring as a tutor.
I specialize in math, specifically precalculus, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, plus biology and chemistry (inorganic) for high school and college. My focus is on content mastery for courses in school, and I believe that the way to check for understanding is to explain it in your own words. Although explaining a topic to another person is best, I “taught” my cat mitosis and meiosis while studying for a biology exam.
When working with a student, I think it is necessary to determine the source of difficulty. For example, difficulty with word problems may be in reading it and defining variables or in taking the variable and writing the equation. In my experience working problems together, each writing out the equation or next step separately but comparing along the way both increases understanding and reveals the small things that affect the solution. One example is a tendency to drop negative signs, which I struggled with early in algebra.
I welcome feedback, and am flexible in scheduling. As a planning type of person, I appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellation, or at least enough to avoid getting stuck in a traffic jam.
I look forward to hearing from you, and helping you reach academic success, perhaps even learning to love math.
I have always loved learning, yet it took pre-algebra to make me love math, and precalculus lead to engineering. After nearly 5 years working as an engineer, I wanted to… Read more
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I have a BSc in Environmental Engineering, which required courses in statics, mechanics of materials and basic material science. Within the environmental area, I studied water and wastewater treatment, water resources and environmental law. I have experience in military construction and environmental permitting & compliance from working for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Differential equations was required for all engineering majors at my alma mater, and while taking it I helped many of my fellow students. I received an A in the course, then applied the knowledge in water or wastewater treatment course in later semesters.
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