MathSense Tutoring

MathSense Tutoring

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5 years in business

About this tutor

I’ve been a math tutor for Elementary Math to Multivariable Calculus for since 2010. I’ve also trained future elementary and middle school teachers in math education at Brigham Young University - Idaho. Since 2016, I have worked as a math teacher. I taught Algebra 1, Geometry, and College Prep Math in Las Vegas. I know teach all high school math courses at a hybrid (online & in person) school in Los Angeles while teaching Geometry with a completely online middle/high school. My passion is making sense of math.

I believe that every student can be successful when it comes to math. I try to meet my students at their level. We start with the basics to ensure that math will make sense to students long after I am gone.

I work alongside my wife, Meg, who is more focused on K-5 education. She is a state certified elementary school teacher with a Masters degree in Math Education for Grades K-6. She focuses on intuitive learning to help young students grasp new concepts.

I love seeing a student succeed in something that they had previously felt was hopeless. And I enjoy watching a student solve a problem in a different way than I would. It shows that they are making sense of math!

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Laguna Beach, CA 92677
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  • Kris Corder

    Melanie was so patient with my son. I love how she focused on building his confidence! He doesn’t say that he’s stupid anymore.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin by asking the student to diagnose any weaknesses in the content area. I also ask the parent or guardian (if student is a minor) what they hope the student will improve in. Based on the student’s own goals, I begin with the material and identify any necessary remediation.

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

I have a degree in Math Education and worked at Brigham Young University Idaho in the Mathematics department. I am a licensed teacher and Highly Qualified and Effective teacher in the State of Nevada. Additionally, I have been formally trained in test preparation and ACT improvement.

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

Pricing is as follows:

Online Tutoring = $35/hour

In Home Tutoring = $50/hour

Location Determined By Tutor = $45/hour

*Additional $10/hour for any math above Algebra 2 or Trigonometry*

*Additional $10/hour for ACT preparation because I will provide study materials*

How did you get started teaching?

I have known that I wanted to be a math teacher since I was 13. I worked hard to achieve my goal and 8 years later I begin teaching university students in Idaho. I went on to teach K-12 students in Idaho, Nevada, and California.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students from age 6-60. Whether you are studying pre-algebra in middle school or returning to college after many years, I am well equipped with training and experience to help you. I have also had the privilege to work directly with many  English Language Learners.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student wrote me a note that for the first time in their life they feel confident and smart. I love that. Confidence developed in math class overflows to other aspects of our lives.

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

Ask your teacher these questions:

1) When was the last time you taught this subject?

If it has been a while since they taught that subject, they might not remember things well enough to explain them. Math takes consistent practice. Many teachers and tutors can get out of shape.

2) What do you do when you get stumped on a problem?

Teachers get stumped too! Sometimes we are “out of shape” and sometimes the question is just difficult. You want a teacher that cares more about you than their pride. A good teacher will stop and figure it out before they help you so that they don’t give you wrong information.

3) What qualifications do you have to teach?

Not every “smart” person is a good teacher. Knowing about a topic doesn’t necessarily make a good coach. Teachers should have experience teaching.

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

1. What do you hope will be different after tutoring?

2. What obstacles are you facing right now?

3. What successes have you had thus far?

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