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Univ of the District of Columbia (Mathematics)
Southern Connectcut State University (Master's)
The George Washington University (EdD)
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.
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Wonderful lady. So very knowledgeable and teaches with a smile and a laugh. Relaxed. Perfect fit for us. Big time recommend Ms Marlene.
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!
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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Algebra I is generalized arithmetic. As such, it extends the coverage of linear equations, covered in pre-algebra, to multi -step equations. Algebra I also includes the foundation of graphing linear equations in two variables, using 3 methods of solving systems of linear equations, linear inequalities in one variable and two variables, and the rudiments of working with 2nd - degree equations (quadratic equations)in one variable. The study of polynomials includes all 4 operations with polynomials. Now algebra I includes some basic statistical terms and graphs.
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.
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.
The SAT Math sections pull information, primarily from Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, and simple rules in Probability. There is occasional use of some precalculus concepts.
In recent years, the focus is on application of concepts, rather than the steps required to execute that concept. You may be presented a problem, where you decide which concept is applicable for its solution.
It is helpful to know the following: Prime factorization of the integers, of algebraic polynomials, and the Pythagorean triples. It is helpful to know the various measures associated with geometric figures. These measures include area, perimeter & circumference, interior angle measure of polygons, linear measure in polygons and circles, and volume of prisms and cylinders.
It is helpful to know the characteristics of polynomial and transcendental functions. These characteristics include the zeros, possible asymptotes, and global behavior.
Reviewing your equation - solving skills is useful, as well. The equation-solving skills include linear and quadratic equations. Don't forget the usefulness of proportions.
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 includes the gathering of data, describing data, and drawing conclusions and inferences about the population from the data. There are 2 basic parts to statistics: descriptive and inferential.
Descriptive statistics includes various graphs, measures of central tendency, and measures of variation, discrete and continous distributions. Discrete distributions include the binomial, Poisson, and hypergeometric distributions. The most well - known continuous distribution is the normal distribution.
Probability is the bridge between descriptive and inferential statistics. Some of the probability topics include sampling - an important tool in inferential statistics. Events include independent and dependent events, mutually exclusive events, disjoint events. The addition and multiplication rules for working with various events is included in probability.
The major processes in inferential statistics are hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. Associated with hypothesis are the following: Null hypothesis and alternative hypothesis, level of significance, and the p - value. Topics include the z -procedures for drawing conclusions about the population mean, t - procedures for drawing conclusions about the means, z - procedures for proporions, chi - square tests, and the F-tests.
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.