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Brenda D.

Milwaukee, WI

$45/hour

Math's a tool not a terror

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Chicago State University
Chemistry
Illinois Institute Of Technology
Graduate Coursework

Education

Chicago State University (Chemistry)

Illinois Institute Of Technology (Graduate Coursework)

About Brenda

I believe in good customer service.
I care about people and love to help out.

I volunteered as a GED math tutor at the Literacy Services of Wisconsin on weekends for more than eight years. I still volunteer three times a week at East Brook Church's Neighborhood Learning Center. I am very patient and encourage people to read their math. I want them to notice what a cumulative and self-checking science math is. Subtraction can be checked with addition, division can be checked with multiplication, and techniques learned in fractions appear again in percent, ratios, proportion and conversion factors. I want people to know that if they can read they have the tools they need to do well in math whether they like math or not. Math is full of instructions, examples, formulas, and definitions to be read understood then applied to problems. I tell my students to seek clarity on any part of the literature before working on the problems. I want them to be comfortable and able to use what they've read because that literature and any additional literature I give them are there for them when they are alone. I tell them math is a skill and tool like reading and writing that they can certainly learn. Math is not a big menacing person.

I have a BS in Chemistry from Chicago State University with a minor in math. I studied computer science at Illinois Institute of Technology. I've always been very curious about what things are made, so I majored in Chemistry. Almost everything has a composition, Chemistry can find or even build compositions, and Math quantifies the ingredients of a given composition. Chemistry and math really satisfy my curiosity. I've been and still am a working chemist for nearly thirty years. Of course, I use math at work it is a very useful tool in many fields. During school I helped family and friends with math. As a working Chemist, I always wondered if there was some way I could give back to the community in a very safe and direct manner. I looked into volunteer opportunities eleven years ago and found many organizations in need of math tutors. I went to an Orientation at the Literacy Services of Wisconsin and attended their tutor training in 2005 and never looked back. I loved tutoring math there on the weekends. I currently work graveyard shift and sleep during the day that's why I'm available on Friday mornings. However, I love tutoring math and looked for other opportunities to do so that fit into my schedule. I visited East Brook Academy and offered my services for students but the time frames were incompatible. Later on, as part of their Community Outreach Ministry, the Church started a Learning Center for adults to provide Basic Education skills and help them obtain a GED. I've been tutoring Math at East Brook's Neighborhood Learning center since it began. I love it, it’s close to where I work, and I tutor for ninety minutes or so, go home and still get enough sleep.

I like math, science, computers, and poetry. I write greeting cards for family and friends covering birthdays, holidays, weddings and anniversaries. I've written graduation cards for my students too. Many of the centers which provide ABE, GED, and ESL are Non-Profit and or charitable organizations and due to economic concerns, have had to reduce or cut out services on the weekend. This has made my weekends available again and I want to continue tutoring math. I want to tutor now and well into my retirement when I can increase my hours and devote more time to it. I really enjoy it; it allows me to be directly useful to another person. I hope I can be useful and beneficial to you too.
I believe in good customer service.
I care about people and love to help out.

I volunteered as a GED math tutor at the Literacy Services of Wisconsin on weekends for more than eight years. I still volunteer three times a week at East Brook Church's Neighborhood Learning Center. I am very patient and encourage people to read their
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Milwaukee, WI 53209
Background Check: Passed
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Elementary Science, Physical Science
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, AFOQT, SAT Math
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Since, the GED requires math skills for grades K - 12, tutoring Algebra comprises a significant part of my volunteer tutoring at the High School level. I tutor it regularly 3 days a week to GED, HSE, and ABE students. I am very familiar with variables, algebraic expressions, order of operations, the coordinate plane, slope, factoring, solving simultaneous equations, functions and many other areas of algebra.

Algebra 2

As mentioned above, returning graduates and others have sought help at the centers in their higher level math classes. I've tutored them often in Algebra 2 to improve grades in their classes and prepare for tests within their various programs. I am familiar with Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, Quadratic Functions, Graphing, Solving Systems of Equations in 3 variables, Polynomials, Long Division, Synthetic Division, Conical Sections, and the many other areas of Algebra 2.

Elementary Math

Since, the GED requires math skills for grades K - 12, tutoring Elementary math comprises a major part of my volunteer tutoring. I tutor it regularly 3 days a week to GED, HSE, and ABE students. I am very familiar with fractions, percent, ratios, proportion, and conversion factors.

Geometry

Since, the GED requires math skills for grades K - 12, tutoring Geometry comprises a significant part of my volunteer tutoring. I tutor it regularly 3 days a week to GED, HSE, and ABE students. I am very familiar with geometric figures, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, right triangles, trigonometric functions and the application of algebra to solve geometry problems.

Chicago State University
Chemistry
Illinois Institute Of Technology
Graduate Coursework

Education

Chicago State University (Chemistry)

Illinois Institute Of Technology (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Brenda will travel within 30 miles of Milwaukee, WI 53209.