Tim Bristol Math & Physics Tutoring

Tim Bristol Math & Physics Tutoring


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8th year high school math teacher credentialed by the states of Illinois and New York who works at one of Chicago's top non-selective public schools.  B.A. in Math Education from Canisus College (Buffalo, NY) and M.A. in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA).  Currently teaching Pre-calculus, but available for all types of math and physics.

Building relationships with students and seeing the 'ah-ha!' moment happen.  I know I've been able to help students when I hear them give strong explainations and teach examples back to me.

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Chicago, IL 60625
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I would want to guage student understanding by analyzing previous assessments and have a conversation working through problems to better the student's skills and overall interests to make sessions as personalized as possible.  Depending on the situation, we could dive into any gaps in previous learning, jump ahead in content, and/or work with the current content the student needs.  We can combine resources together of what the student has and what I have and will obtain to maximize understanding that is tailored toward the assessment(s) the student will be taking.  One of my favorite techniques is using error analysis, which takes an example that has an error with a common misconception that contradicts the error of thought to build understanding towards the correct answer.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

High school math teacher
- Six years teaching algebra 1 through calculus and statistics and two years teaching physics.  
- works at one of Chicago's top non-selective public schools with a diverse student population
- currently teaches pre-calculus as a college prep setting to students of varying learning styles, needs, and backgrounds
- certified by the states of Illinois and New York, have taught in California as well
- backwards plans to create differentiated lesson plans for students and individualized plans for specific students

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

In general, I'll charge $60 per hour but may vary due to student circumstances.

How did you get started teaching?

Teaching has been in my family for several generations.  I found that helping my peers in high school math brought me satisfaction, like we were solving a puzzle together.  I haven't looked back since!

What types of students have you worked with?

I've taught students of different races, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, from honors level to students with individualized educational plans.  While my focus has been mostly with high school students, I have also worked with younger children and young adults as well.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I traveled across the country to move back to Chicago! I was able to stop at six different national parks to do some camping and backpacking along the way.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who not only will help you with the content, but use your interests to amplify and speed up learning.  In other words, get a tutor that will also get to know you!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I would want students to attempt problems and be metacognitive about where misunderstandings occur.  This helps teachers focus specifically on parts of problems to help with more challenging, muli-step problems.

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