Alan P.


Alan P.

Tutor

Redmond, WA 98053

Will travel 12 miles

$48 per hour.

4.96 981 ratings

Proficient, successful, patient - Math, Science, Reading tutor/teacher

I was a licensed 7-12 Math and Physics teacher in Ohio. I am proficient (educated and experienced) in teaching/tutoring 3-12 Math through Algebra II, Science, Reading (Phonics K-6), Physics, and SAT/ACT. I have also tutored Chem and Bio. My tutored students improve their grades at school. My Home Schooled students discover success in their subjects. Tutoring offers me the opportunity to help students by assessing each one's strengths and using those to overcome any deficiencies. They lea... [more]


Algebra 1

My profile gives the background for my Algebra 1 expertise - BA in Physics, eight years teaching Algebra 1, 10 years tutoring it. Over the last four years I have successfully taught a home-schooled student from 5th grade Math through Algebra II. Many others in the past 10 years have seen my tutoring help them increase their Math grades at school. I can do the same for your student.


Geometry

My profile gives the background for my Geometry expertise - BA in Physics, eight years teaching H.S. Geometry, 10 years tutoring it. Over the last four years I have successfully taught a home-schooled student from 5th grade Math through Algebra II. Many others in the past 10 years have seen my tutoring help them increase their Math grades at school. I can do the same for your student.


Prealgebra

My profile gives the background for my Pre-Algebra expertise - BA in Physics, 8 years teaching H.S. Pre-Algebra, 10 years tutoring it. Over the last 4 years I have successfully taught a home-schooled student from 5th grade level through Algebra II. Many others in the past 10 years have seen my tutoring help them increase their Math grades at school. I can do the same for your student.


Reading

After graduate courses in teaching reading via phonics and syllabication, I have successfully tutored/taught 10 students, raising them from struggling to proficiency in their reading ability. One, over two years, went from hating (refusing) to read to loving to read and ended leading her class in fluency. Another rose from first grade proficiency to third grade proficiency during third grade (a gain of two years in a single year). All advanced at least 150% each year.


SAT Math

SAT math requires "mathematical thinking" congruent with that found in most modern school content and tests aligned with Common Core Standards. In preparation, the student will be shown an overall strategy, then several strategies based on the specific question type and the answers available. For all SAT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained.


SAT Reading

I help the student discover which of several strategies best fits their cognitive processes and gains them the best score. This requires at least 8 sessions to be done thoroughly, but can be reasonably well accomplished in 4. For all SAT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained.


Physical Science

I developed and successfully taught (4 years) a quick (25-hour) general science college survey course for adults covering physics, chemistry, and biology. I successfully tutor in these three subjects plus science at all grade levels. I feel confident I will help your student increase his/her understanding of Physical Science and improve his/her grades.


SSAT

As a test prep expert in SAT & ACT, qualified in SSAT and having successfully tutored ISEE, I am well able to prepare students to get their best possible score. I teach general concepts for best strategies and tactics used in taking these multiple-choice tests in each area tested, use practice tests to work on specifics, and adjust my teaching based on the student's individual cognitive style and capability. After the first lesson, the student must purchase a test prep book and practice tests plus be prepared to do "homework" between lessons. This will include writing essays for critique. The amount of time required depends on student's present knowledge base in math, math concepts, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing capability. Students will achieve to their capability and improve old scores if they work hard as instructed.


Elementary Math

As an ex H.S. Math teacher I am obviously versed in math from the rudiments onward. What is not so obvious is that when I began tutoring 10 years ago I was also trained in the methods of teaching young students these rudiments through the use of manipulatives and objects including "things", number cards, Cuisenaire rods, touch math, tables, flashcards, etc. I interact with the child to find "where they are", what interests them and how we can use this information to best help the child learn the math necessary for his/her age/grade level (and beyond).


Elementary Science

My BA in Physics and 8 years teaching H.S. plus a career heavily connected to the sciences give me capability to tutor/teach general science as well as the named sciences. I designed and taught a remedial general science course to older veterans wishing to return to college at a Community College in Ohio for four years. It covered the basics of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Re-education in teaching methods for younger students give me the ability to effectively help them. Over a recent four-year period I have successfully taught a home-schooled 5th-8th grade student general science, physical science, chemical science, and earth science (as well as math).


Elementary (K-6th)

In addition to my BA in Physics and Teaching, I have gained graduate credit in tutoring/teaching phonics reading, basic writing and elementary math. For 10 years I have been tutoring K-6 students in math, phonics and basic writing (in addition to tutoring my H.S. and College students for their specific subjects). My education and experience in the Sciences have given me capability to highly successfully tutor/teach general science as well as the named sciences.


Phonics

I have been trained in and tutored the phonic sounds of letters, blends, etc. along with combining sounds to form words. After graduate courses in teaching reading via phonics and syllabication, I have successfully tutored/taught 10 students, raising them from struggling to proficiency in their reading ability. My early learning non-readers have been able to begin to read after about 10 lessons. One struggling student, over two years, went from hating (refusing) to read to loving to read and ended leading her class in fluency. Another rose from first grade proficiency to third grade proficiency during third grade (a gain of two years in a single year). All advanced at least 150% each year.


ISEE

As a test prep expert in SAT & ACT, qualified in SSAT and having successfully tutored ISEE, I am well able to prepare students to get their best possible score. I teach general concepts for best strategies and tactics used in taking these multiple-choice tests in each area tested, use practice tests to work on specifics, and adjust my teaching based on the student's individual cognitive style and capability. After the first lesson, the student must purchase a test prep book and practice tests plus be prepared to do "homework" between lessons. This will include writing essays for critique. The amount of time required depends on student's present knowledge base in math, math concepts, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing capability. Student will achieve to their capability and improve old scores if they work hard as instructed.


ACT Reading

I help the student discover which of 6 strategies best fits their cognitive processes and gains them the best score. This requires at least 8 sessions to be done thoroughly, but can be reasonably well accomplished in 4. For all ACT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained. The student needs to have a previously unmarked copy of the latest edition of "The Real ACT Prep Guide? containing practice tests, bringing it to each session s/he has with me.


ACT English

The student will be given strategies with which to attack each of the 5+ types of question found in the English section. For all ACT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained. The student needs to have a previously unmarked copy of the latest edition of "The Real ACT Prep Guide" containing practice tests, bringing it to each session s/he has with me.


ACT Math

ACT math is quite straightforward, much like typical school math. It requires knowledge of at least algebra I and geometry, with some algebra II. The student will be shown an overall strategy, then several strategies based on the specific question type and the answers available. For all ACT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained. The student needs to have a previously unmarked copy of the latest edition of "The Real ACT Prep Guide? containing practice tests, bringing it to each session s/he has with me.


ACT Science

I help the student understand the structure of the test and the strategy students have used to significantly increase their scores on this section. I also help them with tactics that are successful - and guide them through the process. For all ACT help, the student must be prepared to take practice tests or portions thereof between sessions with me. Questions missed will be explored and the reasoning behind correct answers explained. The student needs to have a previously unmarked copy of the latest edition of "The Real ACT Prep Guide? containing practice tests, bringing it to each session s/he has with me.