Math, Physics, And Statistics Tutoring
As part of your due diligence and vetting I would defer potential clients to my reviews. If they were all you knew about me that would be sufficient in making an informed decision. It might also help to know this; I love what I do and the time flies when I'm doing it. If money is a concern my rate becomes a sliding scale. I'm not in this to get rich. I work one on one with students because pursuing my bliss sure beats working for a living.
Also note that getting your bright kids' fives on their AP exams is super fun but likely the easiest thing I do. Now getting an at-risk youth with learning differences so he can pursue his dream in the armed services is significantly more rewarding. And that do for free.
Best of luck in finding the ideal match! If I can further assist in the process please let me know.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I have a few questions I ask during my initial consultation with students taking college level math ranging from "Square 99 in your head?" or "What is e raised to the natural log of x?" I will sometimes write down the definition of a derivative and see if they can run a basic funtion through it. Calculus is 95% algebra and 5% limit. Despite ability, most errors students make in this subject are due to deficiencies in or erodedor forgotten algebra skills. I will write down the standard form of a quadratic equation and have them solve for x yielding the quadratic formula. This is one exercise that is a great review of much of the necessary algebra you need for success in college level math, or algebra based physics.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I was a math and physics major, I taught for many years and retired from teaching a few years ago. My next adventure is actuarial science and I have passed two exams so I am very familiar with applied mathematics. I passed the praxis II math exam in pennsylvania as well as the florida equivalent.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
If you are within a twenty mile radius I charge $25/hr. If the student requires a little more time, I don't look at the clock.
How did you get started teaching?
Tutoring my peers in college.
What types of students have you worked with?
Those who struggle and those who are gifted in the subject.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I worked with a student taking an online algebra course for his summer schooling. He was a delightful student.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Call them on the phone, aprise them of your current topic and tell them about your struggles. Before I meet with students I ask them to bring me up to speed with where they are with the material and I give them immediate feedback on how they should approach the topic until we meet or they secure another tutor. I also offer a free consultation especially for students who seem trepidatious about seeking help and are panicked about math in general.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Ask them why we multiply by the reciprocal when dividing fractions. This will give you a feel of their content knowledge and the ability to explain arcane and left field concepts.