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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC (Enrolled)
I have many years of experience tutoring a variety of subjects, both publicly and privately. I spent two years working for Tidewater Community College (in Portsmouth, VA) both as a Math Tutor in the campus's walk-in Math Lab, and in the classroom as a Supplemental Math Instructor. Over the past 5+ years, I have supplemented my income by giving guitar lessons and tutoring math, English, and foreign languages both in and out of my home. I also spent a year working in an early education center, teaching children ages 3-5. Before moving to Wake Forest to finish my Master's at Southeastern Seminary, I served as a Youth Pastor in a Baptist church in Hampton, VA, where I taught middle- and high-school students Bible lessons three times per week. I am comfortable teaching students of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, and have proficiency in a variety of subjects.
My tutoring philosophy can be described as "relational" or "connective". Effective teaching cannot be impersonal in nature; the teacher must do more than merely repeat facts if learning is to take place. Because all students are different, what is helpful for one student may not be helpful for another. The tutor must pay attention to how each person learns and discern the best way to explain each concept to him/her. My goal when tutoring a student is not merely to repeat to them what they have heard in class or what is written in the textbook, but to customize my instruction to meet their unique learning needs and present the material in a way that maximizes the student's ability to comprehend it. This is my approach as a tutor. I have many years of experience tutoring a variety of subjects, both publicly and privately. I spent two years working for Tidewater Community College (in Portsmouth, VA) both as a Math Tutor in the campus's walk-in Math Lab, and in the classroom as a Supplemental Math Instructor. Over the past
Matthew listens to what my needs are and explains them to me in ways making sure I understand. What ever it takes for me to learn is the way we progress. One step at a time, never getting ahead of where I am with the learning until I say, okay, I've got it. Matthew is a very fine, and knowledgeable young man. I will be using Matthew for all of my tutoring needs and highly recommend Matthew.
We have been very happy with Matthew and would recommend him to anyone - we would not hesitate to use him later in our son's high school career if we thought he needed extra help. Thanks.
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Most Algebra 1 curricula include units on basic math, equations and formulas, linear functions, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, and polynomial/quadratic equations.
Basic math concepts covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real numbers, fractions, matrices, exponents and square roots, order of operations, introduction to variables, simplifying expressions, and introduction to functions.
Next, students will learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide equations, solve multi-step and decimal equations, and solve for variables in an equation. Linear functions are introduced at this point, as students learn to graph linear equations, identify intercepts, use the slope formula, and express linear equations in their various forms (slope-intercept, point-slope, etc.).
Inequalities and systems of equations and inequalities may be covered next. Students will graph and perform the basic operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) on sets of equations and inequalities, and solve multi-step linear inequalities. They will also learn to use graphing, substitution, and elimination to solve linear systems and systems of linear inequalities.
Finally, exponents, polynomials, and quadratics will be introduced. Students will learn to graph and perform the basic operations on polynomials, to simplify radicals, and to solve quadratic equations using square roots, the quadratic formula, and factoring.
In my experience, students who struggle with Algebra do so not because it is too difficult for them, but because they are intimidated by it. Students who are not confident in their ability to master the material are likely to give up at the first sign of difficulty, whereas those who believe that success is possible will persevere.
I'm not saying that Algebra is simple or easy, but that it is much simpler and easier than people often think. What students need is for someone to take the mystery out of Algebra, and to explain the concepts in language they can understand. Because all students are different, what is helpful for one student may not be helpful for another. The tutor must pay attention to how each person learns and discern the best way to explain each concept to him/her. My goal when tutoring a student is not merely to repeat to them what they have heard in class or what is written in the textbook, but to customize my instruction to meet their unique learning needs and present the material in a way that maximizes the student's ability to comprehend it. This is my approach as a tutor. Let me equip you or your child to excel in Algebra!
I am an ordained Baptist minister who has served in vocational ministry for several years. I received an undergraduate degree in Religion from Liberty University, and have completed over 60 credit hours of graduate coursework towards a Master's of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. From January 2010 to July 2012, I served as an Associate Pastor at Fox Hill Road Baptist Church (in Hampton, VA) where I taught Bible lessons roughly three times per week.
I have taken 18 Master's level credit hours of Koine Greek. I can read from the Greek New Testament with minimal lexical and grammatical aids.
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