Math Is Fun
Mathematics teacher with many years' experience is seeking for tutoring jobs. My goal is to demystify math for those who struggle and help to make it relevant, while inspiring hope and confidence in my students. I have taught all levels of high school math, and am a CollegeBoard certified AP Calculus teacher.
I love math, and find it rewarding and satisfying. I also love teenagers, and love to watch "light bulbs" come on in their heads!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I will begin tutoring sessions the week of August 24th. During our first appointment, we would talk about their background, previous classes, and previous teachers, so that I can get a feel for what kind of a student they are. Then, at the next session, I would ask them to bring homework if they are struggling with a particular class. This would help me to know what gaps are in their background, that need to be filled in. If they are preparing for a standardized test, I have materials that I would use to help them get a broad overview and review, in sessions that would follow.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Master's Degree in Physics, but have taught many subjects. My favorite is math! I have taught in five different private schools since 1982, have run a tutoring business for homeschooled students, have done SAT prep sessions for dozens of high school students, and have been employed full-time as a math teacher for the last twelve years in a college-prep private school.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $60/hr, with discounts for those who buy a series of sessions up front.
How did you get started teaching?
My father, whom I greatly admired, was a master teacher, and had wonderful relationships with his students, many of whom kept in touch with him in his old age. I find the connections with high school students to be extremely rewarding and energizing.
What types of students have you worked with?
Gifted, struggling, and learning disabled; public, private, and homeschooled; all nationalities and personalities; athletes and geeks!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One of my former students recently wrote to me to say that he was making an A- in PreCalculus in his new school. This was especially remarkable because when he came into my Algebra 2 class, he was completely demoralized. Two previous teachers had told him he couldn't do math, but I told him that I didn't believe that, and we would do our best during the year to turn it around. And he did!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for a teacher who loves your age group and is easy to talk to. Also look for someone who loves math and is very comfortable with many different topics and levels.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are my goals in this class, or exam?
What areas of math do I struggle with?
What are bad experiences I have had in math that have contributed to my struggles?