I am a certified math teacher and an independent tutor. I majored in Math Education at University of Illinois and also have a Master's Degree in Secondary Education - Math. I have ten years teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels.
Two aspects of learning are critical: understanding of underlying concepts and good study and test prep skills.
As a tutor, I combine these together to help my students increase understanding, knowledge, good study habits and confidence. I am adept at accommodating personal learning styles into student sessions.
Math can be frustrating.
Preparing for the ACT/SAT can be a daunting task.
Tests create stress.
By taking an analytical approach, I diagnose underlying deficiencies and remediate them while progressing with the current material and building confidence. I am very insightful when it comes to understanding the student’s thought process; I then adapt the lesson to student needs.
I keep parents informed by following each session with a note detailing session activity, assignments, observations and recommendations.
If you agree that my approach is sound and will help your student be their very best, please reach out.
I have the "teacher gene" and love working with young people. I pride myself on doing a nice job of keeping things light and encouraging while making progress toward goals.
Peg was outstanding with our 16 year old HS junior. She was thorough, focused, and got him to do the work! He met his goal and was thrilled. What was nice is that it felt like Peg was as excited about his results as he was. An excellent experience.
Peg was phenomenal working with my daughter on her ACT prep. My daughter actually looked forward to her time with Peg and Peg was very patient, encouraging and made learning an enjoyable experience. My daughter has learning issues and has numerous tutors and extra instruction. Peg was by far the best. Additionally, Peg was able to help my daughter increase her score by 7 points. When my daughter was accepted to her top choice, Peg was the first person she wanted to call.
She works very well with my daughter. I like her style of teaching. She is very knowledgeable about algebra and the different exams given to middle /high school students. She defines the math terms so that she can better understands the concept of why she is doing the problem that particular way. She has a quiet friendly personality. I would recommend her to others.
I like to start out with personal introductions to establish a rapport and get the student talking.
I outline the ground rules: materials, cancellation policy, assignments, communication to parents, format of sessions, etc. and take questions.
I ask a lot of open-ended questions to probe for issues, attitude, strengths and weaknesses in subject matter, study habits, personal organization and test-taking skills.
We will generally start by reviewing a recent test, quiz or homework. I use this exercise to assess current skill status.
I encourage the student to take the lead and be responsible for his learning and subject matter understanding.
Then, we’re off and running. And we have some fun while we’re at it.
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