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Ellen M.

Houston, TX

$80/hour

NASA Math/Physics Tutor - 20 Years Experience

2250+ Hours
5.0 average from 622 ratings
Patient tutor with excellent communication skills.
— Leslie, Seabrook, TX on 3/29/17

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About Ellen

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.
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
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$80/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.

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"Patient tutor with excellent communication skills."

- Leslie, Seabrook, TX on 3/29/17

"Awesome Tutor"

- Paula, League City, TX on 5/26/17

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

- James, Webster, TX on 3/17/17

"Knowledgeable and very patient"

- Kathy, Friendswood, TX on 11/7/16

"Assisted and Reassured"

- Lisa, Pasadena, TX on 10/21/16

"Aced my test!"

- Andrea, Houston, TX on 10/7/16

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

- Mike and Harrison, Houston, TX on 9/16/16

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- Renwick, Houston, TX on 6/17/16

"Outstanding tutor"

- Robert, League City, TX on 6/5/16

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"Highly recommended"

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- Christina, Houston, TX on 3/18/16

"Great teacher"

- Kristin, League City, TX on 2/25/16

"Knowledgeable /patient tutor"

- Jennifer, Seabrook, TX on 1/29/16

"Helped my daughter prepare for a test"

- Victoria, Seabrook, TX on 11/24/15

"Supportive and Spot On"

- Jeff, Houston, TX on 11/20/15

"Great Tutor!"

- Jon, Pearland, TX on 11/13/15

"Motivational tutor!"

- M ikala, Houston, TX on 11/10/15

"Great results"

- Caitlin, Seabrook, TX on 11/5/15

"Knows her stuff!"

- Maxine, Houston, TX on 10/12/15

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- Samuel, Houston, TX on 10/1/15

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Ivonne, Baytown, TX on 9/21/15

"Great Tutor"

- Carol, Houston, TX on 9/11/15

"Very knowledgable on a wide range of higher level maths."

- Melissa, Friendswood, TX on 8/30/15

"Helpful and I ended up making a good grade in class!"

- Salam, San Jose, CA on 7/13/15

"BEST TUTOR OF ALL TIME"

- John, Houston, TX on 7/8/15

"Great help on both Pre-Calculus and Physics!"

- Rhonda, Houston, TX on 6/13/15

"Great help for finals!"

- Harrison, Houston, TX on 6/10/15

"Great tutor"

- Amanda, Houston, TX on 2/8/15

"Reliable, patient and effective"

- Julie, Webster, TX on 12/16/14

"Awesome Session"

- Catherine, Houston, TX on 11/22/14

"Very Patient, Wonderful Tutor"

- Melissa, League City, TX on 9/12/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Discrete Math, Econometrics, Finite Math, GED, Geometry,
GRE, Logic,
Microsoft Excel, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Physics
English:
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GED, GRE, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, TAKS
Computer:
MATLAB, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Pascal, Visual Basic
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
ADHD
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Education

university of houston clear lake (Mathematics)

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Patient tutor with excellent communication skills.

My daughter is a freshman engineering student at Texas A &M and was struggling in Calculus and met with Ellen over spring break for tutoring in Calculus and Matlab, a programming language. My daughter who is very shy and reluctant to ask questions in class found Ellen to be patient and able to help her understand how to solve complex problems in both subjects. She had a Calculus test last week a

— Leslie, Seabrook, TX on 3/29/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$80/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.

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 0 miles of Houston, TX 77058.