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Ellen M.

NASA Math/Physics Tutor - 20 Years Experience

NASA Math/Physics Tutor - 20 Years Experience

$60/hour

  • 2,473 hours tutoring

  • Houston, TX 77058

About Ellen


Bio

Hello!

Nice to meet you! Things you need to know about me: I have a passion for learning about the world around me, and I absolutely love to help others gain a similar understanding and fan that spark which lives in all of us. I have a B.S. in mathematics from UH-Clear Lake, and after six years at a government agency and the last three years as an actuary with a major accounting firm, I have recently decided to return to Texas in order to attend graduate school for a PhD in Physics. I am...

Hello!

Nice to meet you! Things you need to know about me: I have a passion for learning about the world around me, and I absolutely love to help others gain a similar understanding and fan that spark which lives in all of us. I have a B.S. in mathematics from UH-Clear Lake, and after six years at a government agency and the last three years as an actuary with a major accounting firm, I have recently decided to return to Texas in order to attend graduate school for a PhD in Physics. I am located off of Saturn and Gemini near the Space Center.

I have privately tutored in many subjects, including but not limited to everything from basic fractions to differential equations, abstract algebra, and complex analysis in math, as well as basic undergraduate physics, chemistry, actuarial and computer science, and even music, as I play piano, violin, and am currently learning to sing. I have published in a math journal with undergraduate research, but I also take great pride in my ability to connect with students of all backgrounds and skill sets. I do not adhere to the notion that some people are "better" at math than others; in my experience, the largest stumbling block for students is almost invariably the sad and incorrect notion that math is somehow just "too hard" for them, that they simply are not suited for the subject. My biggest joy is seeing the light in a student's eyes when they realize that it is in fact not "too hard," and that they are more than capable, provided someone takes the time to actually learn where their specific gaps in understanding lie and help work with them to figure out the best way to fill them in. I believe the best teachers cater their teaching specifically to the student, which is why I prefer one-on-one teaching to any other form, giving or receiving.

I look forward to working with you! Best of luck in all endeavors.


Education

university of houston clear lake
Mathematics
university of houston clear lake
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  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Rate details: $60/hour nominal rate. All cancellations must be in writing. Half rate charged if less than 24 hrs notice. Full rate charged if less than 6 hrs or no notice is given.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 0 miles of Houston, TX 77058
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/9/2015

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Subjects

Business

Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I spent 3 years as an actuary for KPMG before deciding that I would prefer to come back to the NASA community, serving both in the Life office and in Data Analytics/Predictive Modeling under Property and Casualty and making it through four exams. I have traveled extensively as an actuarial consultant, working with many large, household clients, and have considerable tutoring experience in the math fields required even outside of actuarial science, so it is relatively simple to combine the two. I am still in contact with many of my colleagues as well, so while I suspect the bulk of WyzAnt students will just be requesting assistance with the preliminary exams, any advanced questions I receive I can answer by pulling in additional expert help.
GRE

English

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have been programming computers since I was 11 years old; my mother majored in computer science and taught a class at my elementary school in basic programming in addition to giving me extensive one-on-one tutoring. I then went on to major in mathematics, focusing heavily on computer science, and utilized my skills at both NASA and KPMG. I taught myself MATLAB in three weeks for a project at NASA, have programmed extensively in Excel VBA as well as utilizing Pascal, C++, Oracle, SAS, etc., and can learn new languages with relative ease.
SAT Reading

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively.
Calculus,

Calculus

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Precalculus, SAT Reading

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Actuarial Science,

Actuarial Science

I spent 3 years as an actuary for KPMG before deciding that I would prefer to come back to the NASA community, serving both in the Life office and in Data Analytics/Predictive Modeling under Property and Casualty and making it through four exams. I have traveled extensively as an actuarial consultant, working with many large, household clients, and have considerable tutoring experience in the math fields required even outside of actuarial science, so it is relatively simple to combine the two. I am still in contact with many of my colleagues as well, so while I suspect the bulk of WyzAnt students will just be requesting assistance with the preliminary exams, any advanced questions I receive I can answer by pulling in additional expert help.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively.
Calculus,

Calculus

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Logic,

Logic

I have enjoyed logic puzzles since I was eight years old; the highest grade I have ever received in a college class was 107 in logic, having not missed a single point all semester. On the debate team I won every debate I was on. I then went on to major in math, winning a scholarship from the National Science Foundation and publishing undergraduate research in the Journal of Algebra focused on the logical connections between upper triangular matrices and lattice-ordered algebras. I then went on to spend six years at NASA, singlehandedly designing software to consolidate and automate the tracking and manifesting of consumables for the crew of the International Space Station, winning multiple awards. Logic was obviously heavily involved in every one of these activities.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Precalculus, Probability

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively.
Calculus,

Calculus

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Precalculus

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Physics

Physics

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively.
Calculus,

Calculus

Tutored for two years at San Jac. Math Lab, tutored privately for twenty years since. Also spent six years at Nasa and three at KPMG where I used math extensively. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
Physics,

Physics

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, and worked at NASA for 6. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
GED

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. Currently teaching at the college level as well as working on federal research grant for advanced propulsion in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjusting the material to their learning style.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have been programming computers since I was 11 years old; my mother majored in computer science and taught a class at my elementary school in basic programming in addition to giving me extensive one-on-one tutoring. I then went on to major in mathematics, focusing heavily on computer science, and utilized my skills at both NASA and KPMG. I taught myself MATLAB in three weeks for a project at NASA, have programmed extensively in Excel VBA as well as utilizing Pascal, C++, Oracle, SAS, etc., and can learn new languages with relative ease.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students' individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught math and physics in some form or fashion for over 20 years, specializing in the new SAT and ACT prep for the last 3. I specialize in connecting with students individual needs and adjust the material to their learning style.
GED, GRE, SAT Reading

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Great SAT prep tutor.

Ellen has helped my daughter prepare for the SAT mentally and literally. Her experience and knowledge has given my daughter a peace and comfort as the test approaches. She seems to constantly analyze where the student is and give what’s needed, as well as assuring them what they don’t need to worry about. I can’t wait to see how my daughter will perform. Thanks, Ellen!!

Linsy, 11 lessons with Ellen

Awesome Tutor

My daughter was struggling in Geometry. She was almost at the end of the 4th Qtr and was failing. We found Ellen and she was fantastic. She explained Geometry to my daughter in a way she could understand. She made a 90 on her last quiz! Needless to say if we had found Ellen sooner I'm confident she would have an A for the semester. We just finished the year and waiting for the final grade. I'm confident my daughter will pass. We are looking forward to seeing Ellen again in the fall.

Paula, 4 lessons with Ellen

My son really enjoys his lessons and is excited about his retest.

Ellen is great and very professional! Along with the great lessons, it's also given him the confidence he will need to move forward, thanks so much. Would highly recommend anyone needing professional tutoring.

James, 9 lessons with Ellen

Knowledgeable and very patient

Ellen was terrific in working with our son and trying different approaches so he could better understand or make sense of pre cal. She could see that he has been struggling and has asked to be in touch with his school's math teacher so that they might be able to work on a plan together to help our son feel more confidant in building a foundation for this course. She is very patient and open to thoughts and suggestions.

Kathy, 33 lessons with Ellen

Assisted and Reassured

We didn't have a long visit. She assisted him and mostly reassured him that he was on right track. He was able to do the work with her being there.

Lisa, 3 lessons with Ellen

Aced my test!

I let my calculus homework pile up due to not understanding the basics of the chapter. I had a test right around the corner and things still hadn't "clicked" for me. I reached out to Ellen to help me with my homework and prepare for my test. Going into my first hour of tutoring my confidence level was very low. By the time of the test I was confident and prepared. Not only did I pass the test, but I made a fabulous grade. I'm looking forward to more tutoring sessions. Thanks, Ellen!

Andrea, 5 lessons with Ellen

Knowledgeable and patient tutor. (also wise in the ways of the force)

Ellen helped me review and practice kinematics. I liked that she really knows what she's talking about and encourages you to speak up when something is confusing so she can better explain it. Ellen prepared me to retake a quiz that I had previously failed (I went from a 67 on the first quiz to a 91 on the retake).

Mike and Harrison, 3 lessons with Ellen

Knowledgeable and patient tutor.

Ellen has an exceptional grasp of math in general and explains it very well. I only wish I had received help from her years ago.

Renwick, 5 lessons with Ellen

Outstanding tutor

I have one pleased 11th grader... I stayed while they reviewed for his final; it was outstanding. She has the experience and the personality for the one on one instruction. If he needs her again next year she will be the first called.

Robert, 10 lessons with Ellen
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