Ray's Math Tutoring
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Find out if they know nomenclature of what they don't understand. Find out if they have read the content.
Explain the content. Show the content. Observe students attempt the content and assist along their processing. Memorization drills of defintions, Theorems, conditions, mnemonics, identities. Review logic and ideas behing the exercise, show relation to other math. Inform of frequency of future appearance in other courses and academic studies.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics: University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Calculus Teacher at a private school in Bel Air, CA.
Seven years of employed tutor work experience.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
330 - 630 pm is usually the higher rates due to demand, traffic instensity and risk of commute.
AP courses, Honors courses are usuually at the higher rates.
Minimum session lengths are 1.5 hours.
How did you get started teaching?
I was recruited into teaching by the former Dean of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While working on my math degree, many classmates to my surprise offered to hire me to tutor them.
What types of students have you worked with?
Majority of my clients have been high school students. University students, or undergradutes are the next largest group. I also tutor middle school students and working adults. I have helped veterans, exam prep clients such as ASVAB, SAT, ACT, CHSPE, IEEE, MCAT, CBEST, etc.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
For two years I supported and participated in the Hawaii public schools Math camps. Many of the ideas for the events came from me and a few colleagues.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Give your tutor of choice the name of the topics that you are working on or studying: The sophistication level of the topic will be an indicator about the length of the session. Try to read about the topic before hiring a tutor, be patient if you don't understand at first. Read it again. Watch online video explanations by other tutors before hiring a tutor. Try talking to classmates who may understand the topic before hiring a classmate. Email your teachers questions or ask them directly.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What is the most important aspect or topic?
Which topic, feature, or aspect of the math has a high frequency of re-occuring as you move on to future math courses?
What math concept or idea means?