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Marga W.

Monroe, WA

$60/hour

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

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/23/14
5.0 average from 63 ratings
Amazing!!
— Natalie, Snohomish, WA on 6/11/15

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The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Biology
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI in Genetics
PhD

Education

The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Biology)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI in Genetics (PhD)

About Marga

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 communicate the results of genetic testing to their patients. During my years in this industry I always found myself naturally gravitating toward the educational aspects of my job. I loved training new employees and helping position them for successful careers. I have been blessed with the unique skill of being able to communicate difficult concepts in an easy to understand and fun way.

In addition, I absolutely LOVE math. Excelling at math opens so many doors for students and gives them the self confidence to believe they can achieve what they want. It teaches them to think clearly and analytically. Too often, however, we hear of students who start off doing well in math in elementary school, only to experience falling grades and a loss of interest at the middle or high school levels. I believe very strongly that this decline in grades and/or interest is due mainly to small gaps in their learning that, over the early years of school, create a weak foundation in their understanding. My job will be to identify those gaps and help your student fill them in while continuing to stay on track with his/her classwork. I will make sure to coordinate my tutoring efforts with the classroom teacher.

Students learn best when they are in a safe and caring environment. At some point in their schooling they may encounter a teacher that they can't connect with, or may feel intimidated to ask questions. From experience, I know that these types of issues can sometimes cause a great deal of stress at home. Having raised two children in my local public school system I found some great ways to resolve these issues that brought peace back into our home, and I would love to share them with you. I also provide the parents with regular feedback on their student's progress.

I offer a free consultation where we can meet to discuss your student's needs, your goals for them, and work out details such as schedules and meeting location.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping your child achieve success in math!
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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Monroe, WA 98272
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing!!"

- Natalie, Snohomish, WA on 6/11/15

"Excellent"

- Ann, Snohomish, WA on 12/16/16

"Knowledge able and patient tutor."

- Tammy, Monroe, WA on 5/12/16

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- John, Sammamish, WA on 1/8/16

"Simply the Best!"

- Terri, Sammamish, WA on 6/3/15
Science:
ACT Science, Genetics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

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

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!

Algebra 2

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.

Genetics

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.

Geometry

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.

Precalculus

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.

SAT Math

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

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.

The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Biology
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI in Genetics
PhD

Education

The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Biology)

University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI in Genetics (PhD)

Amazing!!

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,

— Natalie, Snohomish, WA on 6/11/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marga will travel within 25 miles of Monroe, WA 98272.