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Marlene L.

Dr. M., math tutor

Dr. M., math tutor

$56/hour

  • 1,545 hours tutoring

  • Stafford, VA 22554

About Marlene


Bio

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...

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.


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $56
  • Rate details: 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.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 28 miles of Stafford, VA 22554
  • Lesson cancellation: 5 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/29/2018

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

After completing my doctorate and its statistics, I started teaching Statistics on the college level. With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level, as well. 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 as writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

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.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

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

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite subjects to have taught, studied, and tutored. Algebra 2 topics have been moved, periodically, to and from the curriculum of Algebra I, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and/or Pre-Calculus. Currently, Algebra 2 includes the statistical topics of Probability and Hypothesis Testing, as well as Polynomial Long Division. 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.
Geometry,

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,

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,

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,

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. An occasional Pre-Calculus question does appear in a Math section.
Statistics

Statistics

After completing my doctorate and its statistics, I started teaching Statistics on the college level. With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level, as well. 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 as writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"

Math

Algebra 1,

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

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite subjects to have taught, studied, and tutored. Algebra 2 topics have been moved, periodically, to and from the curriculum of Algebra I, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and/or Pre-Calculus. Currently, Algebra 2 includes the statistical topics of Probability and Hypothesis Testing, as well as Polynomial Long Division. 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,

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.
Geometry,

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,

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,

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,

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. An occasional Pre-Calculus question does appear in a Math section.
Statistics,

Statistics

After completing my doctorate and its statistics, I started teaching Statistics on the college level. With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level, as well. 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 as writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"
Trigonometry

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.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

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

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite subjects to have taught, studied, and tutored. Algebra 2 topics have been moved, periodically, to and from the curriculum of Algebra I, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and/or Pre-Calculus. Currently, Algebra 2 includes the statistical topics of Probability and Hypothesis Testing, as well as Polynomial Long Division. 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.
Geometry,

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,

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,

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.
Statistics

Statistics

After completing my doctorate and its statistics, I started teaching Statistics on the college level. With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level, as well. 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 as writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"

Summer

Algebra 1,

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

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite subjects to have taught, studied, and tutored. Algebra 2 topics have been moved, periodically, to and from the curriculum of Algebra I, College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, and/or Pre-Calculus. Currently, Algebra 2 includes the statistical topics of Probability and Hypothesis Testing, as well as Polynomial Long Division. 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.
Geometry,

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.
SAT Math,

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. An occasional Pre-Calculus question does appear in a Math section.
Statistics

Statistics

After completing my doctorate and its statistics, I started teaching Statistics on the college level. With the advent of the graphics calculators, I began to teach statistics on the high-school level, as well. 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 as writing modules for the book, "Does This Line Ever Move?"

Test Preparation

SAT Math

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. An occasional Pre-Calculus question does appear in a Math section.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (525 ratings)
5 star
(497)
4 star
(23)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(1)
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Reviews


Great tutor

Very patient and great at understanding my needs. Look forward to more lessons! I have always struggled with math of any kind, but I have a feeling Dr M will help me achieve my passing of this course.

Michael, 7 lessons with Marlene

Extraordinary Teacher/Tutor

Dr. Marlene L. worked with my granddaughter and comfortably moved from one topic to another bringing Kaitlyn along, and checking for understanding as she progressed. I was so impressed by this approach and her calm demeanor. Kaitlyn has worked with tutors previously and she said: "Marlene is the best."

Barbara, 1 lesson with Marlene

Knowledgeable

Great tutor with great experience. My son enjoyed his first session. She arrived on time and my son gained a better understanding with his first session. Knowledgeable and patient.

Tamika, 13 lessons with Marlene

Very Knowledgeable and Patient

Marlene knows how to break down difficult concepts so that they are easy to understand. Since this is my first statistics class she did a great job of helping me understand the language of statistics which in turn helped me when I was reading the content for the first time.

Mario, 3 lessons with Marlene

Friendly and very knowledgeable

In just one lesson my daughter walked away feeling more confident than she has in a long time. They accomplished so much, and we look forward to the next lesson.

Andrea, 7 lessons with Marlene

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 grades on her quizzes so far. We are pleased with all that Marlene has done for my daughter. Thank you!

Jane , 1 lesson with Marlene

Great teacher and have wonderful knowledge

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

Tony, 6 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

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!!!!!

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.

Belinda, 19 lessons with Marlene
Tutor responded:

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

Super helpful!!!

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!!

Abigayle, 5 lessons with Marlene
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Marlene L.

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