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Sherwood P.

Creative And Effective Math Tutor Who Clearly Explains Fundamentals

Creative And Effective Math Tutor Who Clearly Explains Fundamentals

$48/hour

  • 227 hours tutoring

About Sherwood


Bio

I patiently teach math fundamentals to anyone who gets confused, struggles or finds something about math difficult to understand. My creativity in explaining math has helped students who may find it boring at best, or just plain difficult, give math another try. I believe every student can learn math, and maybe even want to learn more on their own!

I also can help those who are curious or want to know how or why one idea in math is related to another when there is no obvious relationship.

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I patiently teach math fundamentals to anyone who gets confused, struggles or finds something about math difficult to understand. My creativity in explaining math has helped students who may find it boring at best, or just plain difficult, give math another try. I believe every student can learn math, and maybe even want to learn more on their own!

I also can help those who are curious or want to know how or why one idea in math is related to another when there is no obvious relationship.

I have been a non-traditional homeschool math tutor for 6 years and an effective online math tutor with Wyzant since March, 2020. I am a Certified High School Mathematics Teacher in Washington and Massachusetts.

I was an instructor with the Massachusetts Pre-engineering Program for Minority Students, in
Boston with a focus on underserved youth. Although my passion is to teach, when I moved to Seattle with my family, I worked for Boeing for 22 years as an Information Technology Professional and Mentor instead of classroom teaching. Now I'm retired from Boeing and live in Bellingham, WA. I have returned to my passion to teach math as an online tutor. I like teaching challenging topics and students. I do my best when I get to know where a student is struggling and I will find a way to explain any math problem in language and examples that makes sense to that student.

I especially enjoy teaching Trigonometry, "solving for x" word problems, graphing, and algorithmic combinatorics. I also tutor clients in the math sections of the ASVAB.


Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mathematics
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $48
  • Rate details: Negotiable, depending on frequency, Subject and other factors
  • Lesson cancellation: 16 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/13/2020

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Subjects

Computer

Fortran

Fortran

I worked for 10 years writing FORTRAN programs for doing structural analysis of pipe supports in power plants. This included front and back end programs to simplify data entry and compare actual to allowable values for design constraints. I converted The software I wrote from the IBM FORTRAN H compiler to CRAY FORTRAN and helped debug the Cray FORTRAN compiler.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math

Elementary Math

I deeply understand the fundamental relationship between numbers and how they are used in practical ways. I provide clear explanations and useful tools to help count, add, multiply, subtract, and divide numbers. I make it easy to compare and convert common fractions to decimal fractions. I love helping students figure out word problems.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help students understand and translate word problems into equations and then "Solve for x" by following step by step procedures. I know using letters for numbers can be confusing, so I explain why it is done and how to check the answer. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true, answer questions and make sure students understand the math vocabulary they are using.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I help students with graphing functions, solving polynomial fraction inequalities, using units of measurement to solve word problems and more. No math question will go unanswered. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true. I help students manipulate math expressions to simplify terms, find factors and solutions. I introduce new math ideas using vocabulary a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them.
Geometry,

Geometry

I love Geometry the way some people love music or sports. For me, Geometry is more than memorizing weird vocabulary and proving silly statements; it is beautiful and true in its simplicity and precision. Many confusing math problems become clear when a geometric solution is available. I listen carefully to each student to understand how they think geometrically. I find appropriate explanations of geometric relationships that make sense to them. Anyone can learn and confidently use basic geometry principles. My goal is for every student to notice and have fun exploring geometric patterns in their daily life.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I listen carefully to questions and explain math concepts thoroughly, making sure the student understands each step before getting to "the answer." I connect new math terms to those a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them based on familiar examples. I love math and enjoy experiencing the "I get it!" moments when a student realizes they understand and can use the math they were struggling with more clearly and effectively.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus concepts are foundational and need accurate and clear understanding. I explain what makes math equations and formulas true and answer students' questions using appropriate vocabulary and examples. I am creative and persistent, and know many ways to graph, convert, estimate, search, etc. to get the correct answer expressed in a way that makes sense to the student. I check in frequently to make sure the student "get it" before continuing to the next question.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help students understand and translate word problems into equations and then "Solve for x" by following step by step procedures. I know using letters for numbers can be confusing, so I explain why it is done and how to check the answer. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true, answer questions and make sure students understand the math vocabulary they are using.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I help students with graphing functions, solving polynomial fraction inequalities, using units of measurement to solve word problems and more. No math question will go unanswered. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true. I help students manipulate math expressions to simplify terms, find factors and solutions. I introduce new math ideas using vocabulary a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

Combinatorial proofs are fun! I can help you figure out the right way to count: subsets, combinations, coin flips, lattice paths, permutations, bit maps, etc. I clearly explain double counting, bijective and injective mapping, and how to use them in proofs. Pascal's Triangle is amazing! It relates "N choose K" to the polynomial coefficients of the expansion of (x+1) raised to the Nth power, and many other seemingly unrelated math topics such as Fibonacci numbers and pi. I have explored Pascal's Triangle in many ways and also integer Pythagorean triples. Regarding permutations, I love the Permutohedron and can explain counting partitions of subsets and transpositions that make sense. This includes explaining Sterling numbers, Bell numbers and Hasse diagrams. I also love graph theory and can explain counting paths, walks, trails, cycles and circuits.
Geometry,

Geometry

I love Geometry the way some people love music or sports. For me, Geometry is more than memorizing weird vocabulary and proving silly statements; it is beautiful and true in its simplicity and precision. Many confusing math problems become clear when a geometric solution is available. I listen carefully to each student to understand how they think geometrically. I find appropriate explanations of geometric relationships that make sense to them. Anyone can learn and confidently use basic geometry principles. My goal is for every student to notice and have fun exploring geometric patterns in their daily life.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I listen carefully to questions and explain math concepts thoroughly, making sure the student understands each step before getting to "the answer." I connect new math terms to those a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them based on familiar examples. I love math and enjoy experiencing the "I get it!" moments when a student realizes they understand and can use the math they were struggling with more clearly and effectively.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus concepts are foundational and need accurate and clear understanding. I explain what makes math equations and formulas true and answer students' questions using appropriate vocabulary and examples. I am creative and persistent, and know many ways to graph, convert, estimate, search, etc. to get the correct answer expressed in a way that makes sense to the student. I check in frequently to make sure the student "get it" before continuing to the next question.
Probability,

Probability

I studied Pascal's Triangle in depth and can clearly explain the meaning of "n choose k." There are many ways to count things and mathematical reasons for why formulas are the way they are. I give students an intuitive sense for what the formulas mean, in addition to useful applications of the formulas.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is confusing! I clearly explain the six basic trigonometric functions and how trigonometric identities relate them to each other. This includes explaining what a unit circle is and why it is important to measure angles in fractional units of pi radians when graphing these functions. I prove the Pythagorean Theorem and the Pythagorean trigonometry identities because these are foundational. I help students understand and properly use the Law of Sines, the Law of Cosines, double angle formulas and other trigonometry formulas to solve problems. It takes (correct) practice solving many problems to become confident using trigonometry concepts. I encourage students to do this on their own and bring the confusing problems to a tutorial session. Trigonometry problems are not difficult when you understand the fundamentals.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help students understand and translate word problems into equations and then "Solve for x" by following step by step procedures. I know using letters for numbers can be confusing, so I explain why it is done and how to check the answer. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true, answer questions and make sure students understand the math vocabulary they are using.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I help students with graphing functions, solving polynomial fraction inequalities, using units of measurement to solve word problems and more. No math question will go unanswered. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true. I help students manipulate math expressions to simplify terms, find factors and solutions. I introduce new math ideas using vocabulary a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them.
Geometry,

Geometry

I love Geometry the way some people love music or sports. For me, Geometry is more than memorizing weird vocabulary and proving silly statements; it is beautiful and true in its simplicity and precision. Many confusing math problems become clear when a geometric solution is available. I listen carefully to each student to understand how they think geometrically. I find appropriate explanations of geometric relationships that make sense to them. Anyone can learn and confidently use basic geometry principles. My goal is for every student to notice and have fun exploring geometric patterns in their daily life.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I listen carefully to questions and explain math concepts thoroughly, making sure the student understands each step before getting to "the answer." I connect new math terms to those a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them based on familiar examples. I love math and enjoy experiencing the "I get it!" moments when a student realizes they understand and can use the math they were struggling with more clearly and effectively.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Precalculus concepts are foundational and need accurate and clear understanding. I explain what makes math equations and formulas true and answer students' questions using appropriate vocabulary and examples. I am creative and persistent, and know many ways to graph, convert, estimate, search, etc. to get the correct answer expressed in a way that makes sense to the student. I check in frequently to make sure the student "get it" before continuing to the next question.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help students understand and translate word problems into equations and then "Solve for x" by following step by step procedures. I know using letters for numbers can be confusing, so I explain why it is done and how to check the answer. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true, answer questions and make sure students understand the math vocabulary they are using.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I help students with graphing functions, solving polynomial fraction inequalities, using units of measurement to solve word problems and more. No math question will go unanswered. I explain the fundamental concepts that make math equations and formulas true. I help students manipulate math expressions to simplify terms, find factors and solutions. I introduce new math ideas using vocabulary a student already knows showing the patterns that exist between them.
Geometry

Geometry

I love Geometry the way some people love music or sports. For me, Geometry is more than memorizing weird vocabulary and proving silly statements; it is beautiful and true in its simplicity and precision. Many confusing math problems become clear when a geometric solution is available. I listen carefully to each student to understand how they think geometrically. I find appropriate explanations of geometric relationships that make sense to them. Anyone can learn and confidently use basic geometry principles. My goal is for every student to notice and have fun exploring geometric patterns in their daily life.

Test Preparation

ASVAB

ASVAB

I help students work through ASVAB practice tests and gain confidence. I identify areas of difficulty and we work together to be successful in dealing with those areas. The math on the ASVAB test can be learned quickly with correct practice. After a few sessions, students will definitely do better taking the ASVAB test.

Examples of Expertise


Sherwood has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 45 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Excellent Tutor

Sherwood walked me through some of the problems I had for discrete math. He explained the material step-by-step; he also showed me effective ways to approach each problem. Highly recommend!

Travis, 1 lesson with Sherwood

Sherwood is a excellent tutor!

Thank you, Sherwood. I was completely lost with my Homework, and after our session, I understand the homework after you explained it to me. I appreciate it, looking forward to our next sessions.

Amanda, 4 lessons with Sherwood

Explained so my son could explain to me

I missed the sessions with my son. However, I knew he had a great tutor because my son could tell me everything he learned. A good investment in my son's future.

Bronwynn, 6 lessons with Sherwood

Like talking to a teacher

Woody was very helpful going over the work with our son and he said afterwards it was like he was talking to his teacher which is what we want. He teaches the work, doesn’t just do the work for the kids.

Lana, 7 lessons with Sherwood

Great High Level Math Tutor

Awesome tutor. I was having difficulty understanding the topics in my discrete math class. Wish I had come across him earlier in the semester instead of a week before the end, would have definitely boosted my grade. I was able to understand the explanations, and reasons for how an answer was arrived at, which gave me the needed clarity. Tutoring is much better when you give him the time to read over the problems and or notes.

Stephen, 3 lessons with Sherwood

ASVAB

Mr. Sherwood helped my daughter prepare for the math portion of the ASVAB. I was able to overhear his lessons. He was attentive, helpful, and knowledgeable. He was a great tutor!

Charles, 4 lessons with Sherwood

Great and knowledgeable.

Mr. Sherwood is a very good tutor. He is resourceful and very patient. Mr. Sherwood took his time to explain each question that my son asked. Furthermore, he is quick to respond to each of my messages.

Manqing, 29 lessons with Sherwood

Really knows what he is doing

Woody was able to use explanations that made new concepts clear for my son, who is in 3rd grade. He was able to work effectively with my son even during a "cold turkey" lesson with no background prep. Very calm and agreeable. Highly recommend.

Aurora , 2 lessons with Sherwood

Great teacher! very understanding!

He was very helpful with a homework assignment on a program I’ve never used. He made the homework easy and quick to understand. An amazing tutor!

Nicole, 1 lesson with Sherwood
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$48/hour

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Sherwood P.

$48/hour

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Response time: 50 minutes