17 years experience at Adlai E. Stevenson High School Lincolnshire Il., working as a math tutor in the Learning Center. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Math Education from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Illinois State University, as well as a Standard Secondary Teaching Certification (6-12) from Northeastern Illinois University.
The greatest feeling in the world is when you see that light go on. The look in their faces when they grasp the concept is what it is all about. I love the one-on-one, this is the best way to truly understand where the disconnects are, break down the thinking process, and rebuild from scratch if necessary, otherwise just tweak it a little.
Barry is an excellent teacher, very friendly and professional. My 11 years old son is an international student and he really helped him through his transition to the new school. We'll probably be getting more classes with him in the near future. I highly recommend him.
I am the father of a recent graduate of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. I wrote this review in September 2018 but didn’t have a good medium on which to post it until now. - My son graduated Stevenson in May 2018 and started as a freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in September 2018. - During elementary and middle school, my son struggled with mathematics. Although he was a good student overall, he often got frustrated by his math homework and tests. He had trouble grasping math concepts and applying them when needed. - When entering 6th grade, we recognized that he needed a tutor as the math curriculum became more challenging. - Math tutor Barry Lapping came highly recommended from a another Stevenson HS family who had hired Barry a couple of years earlier and saw great results with her children. - Mr. Lapping first started tutoring my son in October 2011. He and my son connected quickly, and it became apparent that Mr. Lapping had the ability to manage my son’s frustrations with math while moving him through the lessons. With Mr. Lapping’s patience, calm demeanor, and his years of tutoring students, we watched my son become a more confident and much higher-performing math student. (Note: Mr. Lapping was sure to provide my wife and me with a recap of each tutoring session along with next steps. We felt as if we were always fully informed.) - When our son entered Stevenson High School in 2014, he was placed in a more accelerated math program. The tutoring he had done with Mr. Lapping had paid off. In fact, by the time he was a senior, with ongoing and regular math tutoring from Mr. Lapping throughout high school, my son received straight A’s in his math classes his Junior and Senior years. He also received a top test score of 5 on his Advanced Placement Calculus A-B class in the Spring of 2018. He celebrated this success with a call to Mr. Lapping! - When I asked my son why he thought Mr. Lapping was so effective as a tutor, he said that it was because Mr. Lapping had a thorough understanding of the math concepts at hand and made it a point to help students understand the concepts and the process behind the math. He said Mr. Lapping wouldn’t just give you an answer, he worked with you to understand the answer and the concepts that led you to it. - My son credits Mr. Lapping for much of his success in mathematics and has recently expressed interest in the actuarial sciences as a collegiate path of study. Prior to Mr. Lapping, this possibility would have never crossed our minds. - My wife and I agree that hiring Mr. Lapping made a significant and positive impact on our son and his future. We believe that any student who has the opportunity to work with Mr. Lapping and experience his tutoring will benefit greatly. He is highly recommended as a math tutor.
Mr. Lapping was always able to take difficult, confusing subjects and make them approachable. He did an excellent job working to ensure I really understood the concepts we covered and that I would feel confident applying them in class, on tests, etc. I worked with him for several years and always looked forward to seeing him each week! He is truly the best.
Barry Lapping is an excellent tutor! He was recommended to me by one of my daughter's middle school teachers. We liked him so much that he worked with both of my daughters as well as some neighbor's and friend's children. Barry is always well prepared and encouraging. He can break down difficult concepts to make them more understandable. My daughters have very different learning styles and Barry easily adapted to both their needs. Barry Lapping is the best!
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