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“**Amazing!!**”

My choice in becoming a tutor comes from a lifelong love of learning and teaching, particularly in the math and science areas. I have a decade of experience in biotechnology and laboratory management. I trained scores of entry level technicians to understand and perform highly technical processes, and nurses and genetic counselors to better

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What can I say-but Marga has been an amazing asset for our family!!! We started looking for a tutor for our senior, who was struggling with Algebra 2, as we wanted to ensure she graduated on time. We found Marga through WyzAnt and our experience has been amazing!! Marga has worked with our daughter for the last several months and with her assistance, my daughter has not only passed her Algebra 2, but has passed with an A. And more importantly, will be graduating on time.

Marga exhibits consistency, patience, excellent communication skills, as well as being very personable. She has instilled confidence in my daughter that has not only impacted her math grade, but her other grades as well. My daughter is very proud of her accomplishments, an emotion that she doesn't always feel.

Hands down, would recommend Marga to anyone in need of assistance in the math discipline. I can't thank her enough for the work she has done with our daughter.

Marga knows the material and she makes good use of time. She also connects with her students and is patient and kind! She is an excellent tutor. I am so glad we found her for SAT prep.

Marga is helping my daughter in Geometry. Thanks to her help my daughter feels like she may actually get somewhere.

So thankful to Marga. She found out what my daughter needed and responded with simple to learn methodology with many examples. Now she feels confidant and is hungry for more.

My daughter had many tutors over the last few years and none have even come close to Marga. She knows my child is a visual learner and teaches her in a way my daughter can understand. Her grade significantly improved and I am so grateful to have found Marga! To see the confidence my daughter now has not only in math but in general is amazing.

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The math section of the ACT test is a one-hour test with sixty questions. It requires less reading comprehension than it's SAT counterpart, but it does have more trigonometry. I start off by giving my students a full, timed ACT math practice test. This helps me to determine which areas need more practice and if there are any test anxiety issues. I also love helping my students find time-saving ways to move through the test more quickly and confidently come exam time.

Algebra 1 is one of my favorite subjects. It's often referred to as a "gatekeeper" subject, meaning it opens doors for the student to higher levels of math. Algebra 1 is a language we use to describe patterns in a very simple manner. It's a beautiful shorthand that allows us to perform repetitive processes or calculations in one easy step!

In algebra 2 the student learns advanced algebraic tools and how to apply them to the world around us. New topics are introduced in algebra 2, such as logarithms, conic sections, matrices, and imaginary and complex numbers. These advanced topics are so much fun to learn, but they take more focus and concentration on the student's part. My approach to teaching algebra 2 is to show the student how the formulas are derived, rather than just how to plug numbers into them. In this way, the student comes away with greater confidence and success in solving the problems.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my 12 years working in biotech, I performed testing for hereditary cancers in a clinical lab setting and ended up managing several laboratories. I set up the training programs for new lab staff and was the one chosen to translate laboratory operations between the scientific departments of the company and the business development/sales and marketing departments. I also attended many national and some international biotech conferences where I presented abstracts, workshops, and seminars.

Through geometry, we learn to describe and measure the size, shape and position of figures in space. This is the branch of math where the student learns to think and visualize objects in three dimensions. It's a whole different animal than algebra, so some students struggle with this shift in their thinking process.

Pre-calculus consists of the subjects and skills needed to understand calculus. It involves algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and lots and lots of functions. Having a strong foundation in pre-calculus is crucial for mastering the fundamentals of calculus. I tutor pre-calculus at both the high school and community college level.

The math section of the new SAT consists of two sections, a 25 minute, 20 question section where a calculator is not allowed, and a 55 minute, 38 question section where calculators are allowed. I start off by giving my student a full, timed, practice SAT math test. The results of this practice test helps me to determine which concepts need improvement and whether there are any test taking anxiety issues. I also love teaching my students time saving strategies to help them move through the problems more quickly and confidently!

Trigonometry is a very interesting branch of mathematics that's used in astronomy and navigation. With it we can find relationships between the angles and sides of a triangle. It requires some memorization in the beginning, but once that's achieved it's easy to solve the problems in a simple and logical manner.

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Marga W, Ph.D., Math Tutor for High School Students