My math tutoring service is based on years of experience with math students in large classroom settings to individual and small group instruction. I've been blessed with the opportunity to tutor hundreds upon hundreds of students over my 15-year teaching career. From high school students to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, each and every one has taught me how to be sensitive to different learning modalities, personal qualities, and characteristics that make them unique learners. Most importantly, I have tirelessly tried to infuse the love of math into their world.
I enjoy passing on the passion for the study of mathematics and its unique application to nearly every aspect of our lives. Given that numbers like "pi" and "e" are woven naturally into our world makes learning math a wonderous experience. My enjoyment comes from assisting students in discovering these magical facts too.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Make every effort to get to know the whole student and their favored learning modalities. Assertain their knowledge base in math. Find out what their concerns are regarding the study of mathematics. Give them some insight into me, who I am, and how I intend to help them improve their performance.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In addition to my current Multiple Subject CA Credential with a Supplementary Authorization to teach high school math, I have tutored thousands of math students over my 15-year teaching career. Applications of Calculus was the class I took at UC Davis that ignited my passion for mathematics. I passed that love for math on to every child I possibly could before I left teaching and entered education administration.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing system is to charge nothing for the first session. From then on (usually a few sessions will do) until I am certain I can connect with the student, establish a rapport, and have the tools, techniques, and strategies that will help them succeed in math I only charge $10.00/hour. If I continue to tutor any particular student that meets the above criteria, my price is only $20.00/hour.
How did you get started teaching?
I had a calling. It was my destiny to teach. I was an intern at Lincoln High School in Stockton, CA while I finished my credentialing coursework at the University of the Pacific.
What types of students have you worked with?
I spent the first year teaching disadvantaged students at the high school level before I was drawn into the math department. I taught all grade levels and all ability levels in mathematics for about 10-years before I took the opportunity to instruct at the sixth through eighth grade level at a local K-8 district school. There, I introduced an Honors Algebra class to advanced seventh and eighth grade students. This was in addition to teaching the standard grade level math to all other students.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I get to support my adult daughter, again, through her change-in-career move. She was the project manager for the CFO at the University of Southern California and now is studying to become a nurse!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ensure, as best you can, that "they do no harm." Everyone wants to move forward in life and succeed. However, if you get what I call a "beached whale" for a math teacher, they can actually hurt your chances for success. I have seen far to many teachers "turn off" a student's eagerness to achieve in a given subject. Your teacher needs to have empathy and compassion for each student and a love for their subject matter expertise. Make sure your teacher can create a rich learning environment that generates excitement for exploring their subject and is supportive of multiple learning modalities.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
As a student, you shouldn't have to think too carefully about the questions regarding your needs you ask your teachers. The teacher is the adult and should have the training, knowledge, and expertise regarding the law and boundaries they should not cross when it comes to questions from students. However, please do think through questions about your personal needs if the question may suggest or imply the teacher is doing a poor job. Remember, teachers are not given individual students as a class. They are told to instruct large groups of very different learners. They should definitely meet your needs but are hard pressed to be the perfect teacher for each and every student.