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Adam M.

Veteran Math Teacher (PreAlgebra - Calculus)

Veteran Math Teacher (PreAlgebra - Calculus)

$50/hour

  • 42 hours tutoring

  • Downtown Houston, TX 77003

About Adam


Bio

Hi! I'm Adam. I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Secondary Teaching and over ten years experience being a classroom teacher and tutor. I've taught in big schools, small schools, public, private, charter schools, summer schools, etc. I've taught lots of math - Common Core, Integrated Math 1-4, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, SAT/ACT Prep, etc. I've also taught various Physics courses (applied mathematics) as well as some Computer Science...

Hi! I'm Adam. I have a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, a Master's in Secondary Teaching and over ten years experience being a classroom teacher and tutor. I've taught in big schools, small schools, public, private, charter schools, summer schools, etc. I've taught lots of math - Common Core, Integrated Math 1-4, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, SAT/ACT Prep, etc. I've also taught various Physics courses (applied mathematics) as well as some Computer Science and Environmental Science. I know things. Lots of things. And furthermore, I'm REALLY good at teaching them to you!

I'm generally stoked on being stoked, so I can promise you that a tutoring session with me will not be boring. Ever. I can translate dry, abstract (usually overcomplicated) math concepts into colorful language that's simple and understandable. That's my thing - making math accessible to everyone and helping to build your confidence as a mathematician. Math can be super challenging, confusing and frustrating, for sure. I love walking students through that fear and showing them that they can be successful at math.

Howard Thurman once remarked, "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." I went to college to become an engineer, but discovered within myself an unyielding passion for teaching and helping others. The feeling I get from inspiring others to overcome their struggles and to become the best version of themselves is indescribable. It brings me such joy. Teaching is not a "job" for me. I never "clock out." Being an educator is at the core of who I am, and it makes me come alive!

If you're struggling in math, if it's your least favorite subject, if your math teacher (or even your current tutor) is super boring or terrible or hard to understand... if you just wish somebody could translate that mumbo jumbo into something that makes sense, finally... please don't suffer any longer! Contact me today and we can do something about it. :)


Education

University of Delaware
Electrical Engineer
Wilmington University
Masters

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Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I grew up on the East Coast and had never heard of the ACT until I moved to California in 2013. I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times as a kid. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. I taught for 6 years in Delaware before moving to San Diego. That's when my SAT prep turned into SAT/ACT prep, both inside and outside of the classroom. I have taken and analyzed several practice ACT exams to get a feel for the differences and similarities between SAT and ACT. Although the content they cover and the timing are slightly different, all of the studying and testing strategies I've honed for the SAT over the years apply just as well to the ACT. I understand that performing well on the ACT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their test scores for years.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."
Probability,

Probability

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught theoretical and experimental probability to freshmen students as well as combinatorics, set theory and binomial distribution to seniors. I find that topics in probability can be very fun, exciting, gamey and puzzly, but they can also be super challenging; they often don’t seem to follow any set formula the way questions in other branches of math do. There are many word problems which require critical thinking. This is both the gift and the curse of studying probability!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

After teaching math for over a decade, my appreciation for the beauty, brilliance and usefulness of Trigonometry has grown tremendously. I never fully grasped how a simple relationship between angles and sides on a triangle could be generalized into functions with vital applications in essentially every technical and scientific field of study in the universe (saying "on earth" is short-selling it).

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Although I've taught everything up through Calculus, I am still well aware of "expert blindspots" and pride myself in being able to convey simple mathematical ideas without overcomplicating them for young mathematicians. Pre-Algebra is the bridge from basic arithmetic to more abstract mathematics. This can be a treacherous leap and it is the place where many students decide that math is too hard or that it doesn't make sense any more. It is important to have guidance at this time so students don't decide to "be bad at math" for the rest of their lives.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. I have taught Precalculus to students ranging from freshmen to seniors. I believe that Precalculus is a year to solidify one's understanding of all functions (exponential, log, trig, rational, polynomial, continuous, discrete, piecewise, absolute value, explicit, implicit, polar, parametric, etc.) while practicing and applying everything that one has learned thus far before venturing into what Sir Isaac Newton called "The Calculus."

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. The heart of Algebra 1 is understanding linear equations - in words, sequences, tables, equations and graphs. It is the foundation of all mathematical understanding for your future courses.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I've taught in public, private and charter schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Algebra is the nuts and bolts of almost every other branch of math. You will need algebra to safely navigate trigonometry, statistics, precalculus, calculus and parts of geometry. However, Algebra 2 specifically focuses on functions - a concept that is indispensable to any math course beyond Algebra 2.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. As a student I took both AB and BC Calculus and scored a 5 on the AP exam for Calc AB. As an Electrical Engineering major, I took Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and C, Differential Equations with Linear Algebra I and II, and Advanced Calculus for Applications (as well as a host of engineering and physics courses that mostly all applied calculus). However, during my career as a high school math teacher, I have only taught the basics of Calculus - from limits to differentiation and integration of all types. Although I did well in those classes as a student years ago, to be completely transparent, I have never taught vector calculus in three-space or any advanced applications of calculus. I am highly competent and confident in teaching any first year calc student. Beyond that, I am pedagogically inexperienced.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have taught in public, private and charter high schools. I've taught Common Core, Traditional, Integrated, and Waldorf curricula. Having taught everything up through Calculus, I really enjoy the practical and visual nature of Geometry. Many students find success in Geometry even when they had struggled in Algebra. I think it is the least abstract and most accessible branch of mathematics. The only exception to that statement is the mind-blowing quantity of formulas that can be found in Geometry. Although, I try to avoid memorizing formulas as much as possible. It is better to understand where the formulas come from so you can derive them just as easily from your own understanding. Then memorization becomes unnecessary.
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I grew up on the East Coast and had never heard of the ACT until I moved to California in 2013. I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times as a kid. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. I taught for 6 years in Delaware before moving to San Diego. That's when my SAT prep turned into SAT/ACT prep, both inside and outside of the classroom. I have taken and analyzed several practice ACT exams to get a feel for the differences and similarities between SAT and ACT. Although the content they cover and the timing are slightly different, all of the studying and testing strategies I've honed for the SAT over the years apply just as well to the ACT. I understand that performing well on the ACT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their test scores for years.
SAT Math

SAT Math

As a wee lad I took the PSAT once and the SAT three times. My best score was a 1340 and I got into every school I applied to (Clemson, GA Tech, VA Tech and University of DE). After getting my degree in Electrical Engineering I went into education, getting my Master's in secondary teaching. Over my 12 years as a math teacher, I have taught SAT prep both inside and outside of the classroom and proctored both the PSAT and SAT countless times. I have completed and analyzed many practice SAT exams. I understand that performing well on the SAT is 50% content and 50% strategy. Knowing HOW to take the test is just as important as what is on the test. I have successfully worked with students one-on-one to increase their SAT scores for years.

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