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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Dr. Marlene is working with my 8th grade daughter for her Algebra I exemption exam!

She makes my kid WORK the problems through and easily identifies her shortfalls!! I hear lots of laughing and my daughter now thinks algebra is fun and her grades have gone from mediocre to the top of the class.

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

At this moment she is preparing my son for his SOL in algebra, but she is wonderful from what I have seen

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.

Trigonometry is really hard, but I'm already starting to get the hang of it after one lesson- she's super funny and nice too! If you need help with math I highly recommend her!!

Marlene is a great tutor so happy we found her she is making learning a positive experience for my granddaughter. I would highly recommend her as a math tutor.

Extremely knowledgeable about Geometry concepts and proofs. Very patient and thorough in approach to teaching the vast amounts of material regarding Geometry to a middle school student.

Marlene was awesome with my daughter and she enjoyed learning from her. Thank you Marlene. My daughter felt comfortable and after her first lesson stated she understands math better already :). She will continue to work with Marlene to prepare for Algebra II and her upcoming SAT.

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

Marlene is very nice and knowledgeable. She helps my son's TJ research statistics and my son says she is great teacher. And also she is very thoughtful and nice. She worries about the student's grade and tried to help teach how to study, how to take the note, organizing skill..

So thanksful!

Thank you, Soo. Your comments are heartfelt.

Marlene was very accommodating to our schedules. The initial meeting was good as she supported my son with his midterm study guide. She provides really good tips for him to understand the concepts.

Marlene is a treasure trove full of information!! I am currently in basic statistics and needed someone to guide me in person thru my online class. Marlene shows you different ways to approach and has reference materials to help. Amazingly patient and approachable. Thank you!

Miss Marlene is very down to earth and lit a dormant spark in my teenager. I would and will recommend her to anyone who wants to learn.....she's a blessing!

Marlene has a way of getting the kids to figure stuff out themselves. She's made my daughter feel confident again in her math skills.

Ms. Marlene was very helpful and knowledgeable. She helped explain things in way I could understand. She agreed to work with me at the last minute as I explained my situation to her. She was very understanding and patient. I wished I would have called her sooner!!! I look forward to working with her more!

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.

It was good she is very enegetic , we did circles , tangents discussed the composite figures. We went over some examples frok the textbook as well.

Marlene went above and beyond to help my daughter with algebra II. We contacted her last minute and after a full and busy day she still found time to help my daughter. My daughter said "it was helpful, Ms. Marlene was patient and easy to understand," AND my daughter wants to know when her next session is! Thank you Marlene!

Wonderful lady. So very knowledgeable and teaches with a smile and a laugh. Relaxed. Perfect fit for us. Big time recommend Ms Marlene.

Marlene has been tutoring my 9th grade daughter in Algebra for about 7 months. We couldn't have asked for a better tutor for her. She is patient and kind and has a great way of making sure that my daughter does not get frustrated when she doesn't understand a concept. We get the feeling that Marlene genuinely cares that she succeeds.

I knew I was going to have a problem with this class and that is why I waited until the absolute LAST minute to take it. Without her help, I'm sure I would have gotten a 'D' in the class. Instead I came out with a high B and can officially rest easy for the few remaining classes I have left. If you want a patient tutor who will help you understand, she's the one for you!

Marlene is a very knowledgeable and personable tutor who takes the time necessary with my son to ensure he understands important concept and principles in Trigonometry.

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

Prepared daughter for Algebra 2 with great studying tips and assessment. We like Marlene's personal approach, understanding, offering tools and overall knowledge approach to effective learning.

Algebra I and II concepts. Her knowledge of subject matter. Improve and confidence were noticeable improvements in Algebra I and II concepts.

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

I am terrible at math and I contacted Marlene for help with statistics. She answered within an hour and noticed through my correspondences with her that I needed help ASAP! She went out of her way to meet me and patiently reviewed everything. I aced the tests! She is so approachable and she seems to really enjoy teaching. Trust me it takes me so long to pick up on things, but after Marlene I aced my tests!

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.

She is an awesome tutor. I enjoyed her assistance with stats and her conversation. She takes the time to explain and help you patiently.

Marlene's tutoring has been exceptional. Her expertise in math and her approach with the student makes her an outstanding tutor. Not enough room to expound on capabilities, but highly recommend. My son raised his grade two letters!

This summer's tutoring sessions have prepared my daughter to begin high school Algebra with self confidence that she can understand the subject and progress. We will continue with lessons and she is keeping all her work in a folder so any troublesome areas can be identified. Thank you again and my daughter is looking forward to next week's lesson!

Hannah currently has A's in all her subjects!!! Algebra 1 too!

Marlene is very patient with my son and she is also encouraging. Due to her help, he is not stressing out about Algebra.

Marlene began working with my daughter at the end of the school year. She had fallen behind in class and we were afraid she wouldn't pass the class nor the standardized test that she was scheduled to take the last week of school. Marlene only had 2 1/2 weeks to work with her, but in that time frame, she helped my daughter raise her scores by 2 grades AND pass the SOL. We were very pleased with her patience and ability to explain things. She is working with her throughout the summer and amazingly my daughter isn't complaining about having to see a tutor and do school work over the summer!

My daughter has been very pleased with Marlene. She says she has helped her so much. Her statistics professor had her completely confused and basically didn't explain things very clearly at all. Marlene has showed her ways to use the calculator to help her in class, as well as, showing her how to do the problems on paper. My daughter has had several tutors through the years. She thinks Marlene is the best of the ones she has had. She is so much more confident that she has been helping a friend in her class. She would definitely recommend Marlene.

Marlene seemed to be pretty good, but after just 2 sessions, she just emailed us and told us she'd no longer be able to tutor my daughter, no explanation.

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

I can't say enough how grateful my daughter and I are to have Marlene as our AP Statistics tutor. She is such a great teacher. My daughter was truly struggling in understanding the concepts of Statistics. But under Marlene's tutelage I can see that she has gained confidence each day when she tackles her school work. We are forever thankful for Marlene's knowledge, patience and kindness!

My daughter and I both enjoy Mrs. L. She is always on time and prepared with material to review with my daughter. Each session my daughter is getting better with her math skills.

Marlene is working with my daughter on SAT Math. She is patient and has many methods to uncover areas of weakness.

She was very patient with me and I really enjoyed working with her. She was able to explain a much easier way of doing the problems. I was able to comprehend and retain what she was explaining. Her tutoring ability allowed me to pass a course that I was truly struggling in. I recommend her to everyone! She is truly a blessed woman.

I was pleased with the tutoring service that Marlene L. provided because I was a senior in college and attending my last two classes required prior to graduation; I was struggling in Statistics, and I had a D average. Tutoring at my school was only offered once a week, and it was too far to drive. I was desperate for a tutor because I had to improve my grade in order to graduate. I contacted WyzAnt after searching a couple of other sites, and I sent a request to Marlene on a Sunday afternoon; she contacted me immediately, we discussed my need, set a tutoring schedule, and she began tutoring me the following week; Marlene is very knowledgeable in Statistics, and she is very patient because she always took the time to explain information that was not clear to me; she followed my textbook during instruction, but she also showed me other methods to help me grasp the information more easily. Marlene also adjusted her schedule a few times to accommodate my schedule. She genuinely cares about her students, which means a lot to me.

My final grade in Statistics was a B, and I graduated and earned a Bachelors degree. I'm sure that I would have graduated, but I don't think I would have graduated on time if Marlene had not helped when she did. Seeking tutoring services by WyzAnt is one of the best investment decisions I have made. I recommend that everyone try WyzAnt.

Thank you Marlene L. and WyzAnt.

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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 is an extension of Algebra 1. As such, systems, functions, polynomial operations and number systems are covered, but to a greater extend. The topic, conic sections, is first introduced in Algebra 2. This topic is next handled in calculus.

Polynomials in the operations are reviewed, with more challenging examples included. Polynomial division (long and synthetic) is covered in Algebra 2. Occasionally, some Algebra 1 classes do cover the long division, in addition to division by a monomial.

Systems of Linear Equations involve 2, 3 and 4 variables. Solving systems that have linear equations and quadratic equations is included. The solution methods include graphing, substitution, and elimination. But in addition to these 3 covered in Algebra 1, the matrix method and Gaussian elimination are covered in Algebra 2.

Functions are covered more extensively. The characteristics are emphasized. Polynomial functions and some transcendental functions are examined. Some emphases are the zeros of the functions and asymptotes.

The study of number systems includes radicals in the operations and the complex system. Complex numbers in the 4 operations serve as a review of operations with polynomials.

Conic sections are examined in Algebra 2. But recently there is a trend for some classes to omit this topic. The standard and general equations of conic sections is an emphasis.

Some statistical concepts are examined in Algebra 2. These topics may include probability and confidence intervals.

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 includes the 4 basic operations with whole numbers and fractions. The fraction work includes common fractions and decimal fractions. Fractions are compared and changed to lower terms. Common fractions are changed to decimal fractions and percents, and vice versa.

There are several geometric topics included in elementary math. There is shape recognition of polygons, prisms and pyramids. Three measures are studied: Perimeter of polygons, Area of triangles and rectangles, and Volume of prisms.

Parts of a circle are included in elementary math. The parts of a circle include a semi-circle and a quarter circle. The various line segments in a circle are covered, too. The perimeter (circumference) is calculated; and the formula for the area is studied.

There are statistical topics in elementary math, as well. The measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) are calculated and identified. The range for a data set is calculated, too.

Elapsed time is studied in elementary math. It is extended each year to include more detail.

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.

Pre - algebra is preparation for algebra 1. Operations with signed numbers is begun here. Operation with negative and positive common fractions occurs in algebra 1.

It is important that students understand and use the classes of whole numbers. The properties of zero and 1 are emphasized. Prime factorization of whole numbers is practiced.

The principles of equality are illustrated with the use of two-step equations and inequalities, percent and proportions. Some of the concepts include finding decimal and common-fraction equivalents of percent numbers, mark-ups, discount prices, percent of change, and scale drawings. Proportion problems are solved using the cross-product rule.

Geometric figures are examined for recognition of their properties. There are activities on the perimeter and area of plane figures. Practice with graphing lines in the coordinate plane is included.

A Pre - Calculus course begins with a rigorous review of Algebra II. These topics include the properties of the Real Number System, the more difficult factoring problems, and solutions of equations and inequalities.

Functions are examined in depth. Theorems, not an Algebra II topic, are discussed. Some theorems are even proven by mathematical induction. The functions include polynomial, rational, piecewise-defined, exponential, and logarithmic. Other topics are Functional characteristics, inverse functions, and operations with functions.

Pre-Calculus includes more study of trigonometry. DeMoivre's Theorem, Vectors, and the trigonometric form of a complex number are some topics. The area of triangles is extended to finding the area of any triangle, not just right triangles.

No pre-calculus class would be without its trig identities. Factoring is an integral part of verifying trigonometric identities. Identities are verified by using other identities, such as the Double Angle Identities and the 3 Pythagorean Identities.

Some pre-calculus courses include matrices and determinants. A course may include linear programming or sequences and series. The Binomial Theorem and the use of Pascal's Triangle are topics in sequences and series.

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.

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 is essentially an opportunity to apply algebraic skills to right-triangle trigonometry and to circle trigonometry. The rudiments of right-triangle trigonometry are included in some Algebra 2 curriculum.

The algebraic skills are especially useful in solving trigonometric equations and verifying trigonometric identities. Be prepared to use your factoring skills in verifying identities. There are 8 different sets of trigonometric identities. The sine and cosine identities are used in all of these 8 sets. Algebraic skills are useful, also, in graphing trigonometric functions, showing their different transformations.

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