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Marlene L.

Stafford, VA

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Univ of the District of Columbia
Mathematics
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven Ct
Master's
The George Washington University
EdD

Education

Univ of the District of Columbia (Mathematics)

Southern Connecticut State University New Haven Ct (Master's)

The George Washington University (EdD)

About Marlene

My interest has always been in the teaching of mathematics, and how we learn and apply the tools of the subject. It has been interesting to observe and participate in the evolution of the pedagogy. In many ways the pedagogy has changed, and in some ways it has remained the same.

I started mathematics teaching in junior high school. I have taught junior high school, middle-school mathematics, high school mathematics, and freshman and sophomore college mathematics. Several mathematics subjects have been taught, including 7-9th grade general mathematics, algebra I, algebra II, pre-calculus, calculus, informal geometry, introductory or first-year statistics, mathematical methods. It has been interesting to see the emphases change in the algebras and statistics.

My current interests center around algebra, statistics, and international education. Functions, patterns, probability, binomial events, inferential statistics, and curriculum development hold particular interest to me. The history of mathematics and the approaches of diverse cultures to that subject are fascinating.

In tutoring, it is important to learn how each student learns and digests mathematics. It is exciting to find a student's modality (i.e. auditory, kinesthetic, and visual). When the modality is determined, then activities are developed around how the student learns. The modality is considered when explanations are given. My approaches can be described as a facilitator and having the student discover the major ideas.

Traditionally, there are junctures at which students encounter difficulty. The first juncture can occur at the fourth grade, and may continue to impact a student's career
through high school or freshman-year college. In tutoring, most weaknesses can be attributed to the 5 major junctures.
My interest has always been in the teaching of mathematics, and how we learn and apply the tools of the subject. It has been interesting to observe and participate in the evolution of the pedagogy. In many ways the pedagogy has changed, and in some ways it has remained the same.

I started mathematics teaching in junior high school. I
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The group rate of $48 applies to a family of 2-3 students. Each student will receive an individual session, as well as some group attention, where necessary.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Stafford, VA 22554
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"Marlene is the best!"

- Jane, Woodbridge, VA on 9/17/17

"Great teacher and have wonderful knowledge"

- Tony, Stafford, VA on 5/31/17
Marlene replied on 6/7/2017

Tony,
Thank you the feedback. Thank you, also, for the later notice of your son's passing his Algebra 1 SOL. The hard work paid a dividend.

"The BEST!!!!!"

- Belinda, Woodbridge, VA on 5/23/17
Marlene replied on 5/27/2017

You have aptly described what we do. Thank you for your comments.

"Super helpful!!!"

- Abigayle, Stafford, VA on 3/21/17

"Awesome tutor"

- Sandra, Alpena, MI on 2/18/17

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Felicia, Stafford, VA on 2/13/17

"Great Tutor"

- Laura, Manassas, VA on 1/23/17
Marlene replied on 1/29/2017

Thank you for your comments, Laura. It is a pleasure to work with your daughter. She is a ray of sunshine.

"Great teacher"

- Soo, Woodbridge, VA on 12/23/16
Marlene replied on 1/29/2017

Thank you, Soo. Your comments are heartfelt.

"Initial meeting"

- Althea, Upper Marlboro, MD on 12/9/16

"Amazing wealth of knowledge!!"

- Michelle, Woodbridge, VA on 10/9/16

"Super Lady! First Lesson!"

- Anita, Stafford, VA on 9/24/16

"Marlene is wonderful"

- Liis, Woodbridge, VA on 4/24/16

"Very Knowledgeable, patient, and understanding"

- Tierra, Stafford, VA on 3/30/16
Marlene replied on 4/1/2016

Thank you for your comments. Tierra, it was a pleasure working with you. I left our first session with the conclusion that you were going to be successful in precalculus.

"First lesson!"

- Andrea, Woodbridge, VA on 2/25/16

"Above and beyond!"

- Jennifer, Stafford, VA on 12/21/15

"Perfect Fit"

- Julie, Clifton, VA on 12/18/15

"Best tutor!"

- Dori, Stafford, VA on 12/4/15

"Patient and well versed in Statistics"

- La Kisha, Woodbridge, VA on 10/16/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Connie, Woodbridge, VA on 9/29/15
Marlene replied on 10/1/2015

Thank you for your comments. Your son is an avid learner.

"Knowledgeable, Caring Tutor"

- Alan, Lorton, VA on 8/3/15

"Very knowledgeable."

- Leroy, Woodbridge, VA on 6/5/15
Marlene replied on 6/7/2015

Thank you for your feedback. My best wishes to your daughter, as she pursues her collegiate goals.

"Marlene=Guaranteed "A"

- Jeremy, King George, VA on 2/15/14
Marlene replied on 6/7/2015

Thank you for your feedback. Now, Jeremy, you made it easy by the amount of preparation that you'd made before our sessions. Best wishes as you get closer to your goals.

"Great Tutor"

- Sheila, Triangle, VA on 2/1/14

"Extremely patient and caring"

- Ted, Fredericksburg, VA on 6/17/13

"Thank you So Much!"

- Susan, Manassas, VA on 9/28/12

"Great tutor!"

- Joy, Woodbridge, VA on 9/26/12

"Great Tutor"

- Jan, Stafford, VA on 7/10/12

"Great Tutor"

- Lisa, Remington, VA on 6/25/12

"Quit without notice or explanation"

- Cathy, Manassas, VA on 2/29/12
Marlene replied on 3/11/2012

Indeed, it was an oversight. However, you did not respond to a conference request to give some insight.

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Kelli, Waldorf, MD on 2/28/12

"Knowledgeable teacher"

- Patrice, Stafford, VA on 11/14/11

"Very Patient"

- Claudia, Dumfries, VA on 10/31/11

"Awesome Tutor"

- Cindy, Woodbridge, VA on 10/27/11

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Aver, Spotsylvania, VA on 7/26/11
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

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Algebra 1

I began tutoring Algebra 1 at age 13. It was the son of friends of family friends. Previous tutors had not worked; so the parents asked if I would take on the task.

I first taught Algebra 1 formally, after receiving my baccalaureate degree, to a group of ninth graders. Since then I have taught Algebra I to seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth graders, and college freshmen.

Algebra I was a part of the mathematics education course for education majors at the George Washington University. For eight years, Algebra I was integrated into that course by yours truly.

Many graduate education courses have been taken over the years. My certification to teach Algebra I was derived from 3 states and the District of Columbia.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite subjects to have taught, studied, and tutored. It is fascinating to note the topics under Algebra 2 over the past 40+ years. Algebra 2 topics have been moved, periodically, to and from the curriculum of Algebra I, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and/or Pre-Calculus. One such topic illustration is that of POLYNOMIAL LONG DIVISION. Long deleted from most high-school math, in most states, I noticed its return to Algebra 2, just a few years ago.

Currently, Algebra 2 also includes the statistical topics topics of Probability and Hypothesis Testing. I have taught and studied Statistics, including the statistical work on my own doctoral dissertation. It has been my pleasure to have taught ALL of the topics in Algebra 2 on the middle-school, high-school, remedial college level, and through the freshman and sophomore years of college. I have taught them in 3 states and the District of Columbia.

Discrete Math

I have taught and tutored Discrete Mathematics on the high school and college levels. Additionally, some Discrete Math topics appear in Finite Mathematics and/or Statistics college courses. "Discrete" indicates that the topics use the Countable Numbers in Mathematics. The topics can vary from course to course. Some of the topics may include Set Theory, Number Theory, Graph Theory, Ways of Counting, Voter Theory, and Logic.

Elementary Math

Elementary mathematics was taught in the District of Columbia junior high schools. Also, Methods classes in elementary mathematics were taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels at The George Washington University, main campus and satellite campuses. The curriculum of Elementary Mathematics was researched and modeled to prospective teachers.

Geometry

I have been teaching geometry for more than 40 years. I completed geometry courses as part of my baccalaureate degree and one Master's degree. I did course reviews of Geometry curriculum for one of our 50 states. I have successfully tutored students in the WyzAnt's community in geometry. I have state certification in 3 states and the District of Columbia for teaching Geometry.

Prealgebra

I taught Pre - Algebra in Connecticut and the District of Columbia, early in my teaching career. The techniques, methods, and theory of Pre-algebra were emphasized in undergraduate methods courses. They were further explored, in graduate courses at American University, Catholic University, University of Maryland, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Precalculus

I have taught and tutored Pre - Calculus on the college and high-school levels, for 25 years. The title alludes to my having the opportunity to teach a pre-calculus class in Sweden and observe a pre-calculus class in mainland China. The symbols were the same; and therefore it was easy to follow the instruction.

SAT Math

As a graduate student at The George Washington University, SAT Math Preparation Classes were first taught. Many SAT Math prep classes have been taught during the last 35 years, on a part-time basis. I continue to proctor SAT exams occasionally; and have taken the mandatory trainings by the Educational Testing Service during that time.

During those 35 years, I had the opportunity to edit a mathematics textbook for SAT Prep classes. It was in this editing process that I became very familiar with the SAT math content and many test -taking tips. The content focus is from the Algebras and Geometry, with the penalty for guessing removed.

Four test - taking strategies follow. Thorough knowledge of the well - known formulas saves time. Be aware that the problems increase in difficulty as you proceed through the section. So work the first 6 or 7 problems as quickly as possible, and bubble in your choice.

Statistics

My first opportunity to teach statistics occurred on the college level. The statistics course had not been offered for more than 3 years at this college, when it was mentioned in a Math faculty meeting. I wondered why. After all I had completed the statistics for my doctoral dissertation, sometimes using obscure tests to prove an hypothesis or reject the hypothesis. I volunteered to teach the statistics (being the "newby" on campus); and was given 18 months to prepare.

With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level. It was intriguing to find activities to help the students to understand the concepts, sometimes without teaching the theory behind them.

Many, many statistical workshops were attended during summer breaks, most of them at my expense. But concepts could be developed more thoroughly at these workshops. Concept development was achieved at AP Statistical Readings, as well writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"

Trigonometry

I have taught Trigonometry, in high school and college, as a component of Advanced Algebra 2, Algebra 3, and/or Pre- Calculus. Trigonometry is usually the second half of a Pre - Calculus course. Right - Triangle Trigonometry is usually taught before Circular Trigonometry. In some school systems, Right - Triangle Trig is now included in the Geometry curriculum. It has been my experience that most of the pitfalls occur in applying the algebraic concepts to the Trigonometric curriculum.

Univ of the District of Columbia
Mathematics
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven Ct
Master's
The George Washington University
EdD

Education

Univ of the District of Columbia (Mathematics)

Southern Connecticut State University New Haven Ct (Master's)

The George Washington University (EdD)

Marlene is the best!

I found Marlene through Wyzant. She responded to my emails right away. My daughter is in the 6th grade this year. We decided to meet a week after school began to see what she will be working on. We met at a library in Montclair. I was pleased that Marlene gave us an opportunity to work with her. My daughter enjoyed learning from Marlene. She is a joy to work with. My daughter received passing grad

— Jane, Woodbridge, VA on 9/17/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $51.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

The group rate of $48 applies to a family of 2-3 students. Each student will receive an individual session, as well as some group attention, where necessary.

Travel policy

Marlene will travel within 25 miles of Stafford, VA 22554.