I'm an experienced teacher who loves helping students achieve their educational goals. I have a B.A. (History; Math), two M.A.'s (European History; History of Science, Medicine, & Technology), and a wide range of teaching: taught many different college history courses; high school math; junior high math and science; ESL in Taiwan; chess. Also have good standardized test scores (e.g., GRE 790V, 780M, 720A; "competitive" score on the NSA's Professional Qualifications T... [more]
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During a year at the American Institute in Taiwan I developed and taught ESL/ESOL courses to Chinese professionals in business, government, and academia.
I have had success preparing students for the ASVAB, and I especially enjoy helping them tackle the word problems on the Arithmetic Reasoning section. Time management is important, and test-taking strategies are key.
When I taught at a Catholic middle school, I helped eighth-graders prepare for these tests. The students were happy with their actual test results, and every student was accepted by a Catholic high school.
I have experience teaching with a tutoring service all levels of the ISEE. Students have credited their success to a better understanding of test strategies and the topics tested.
My math major and experience teaching math (high school, middle school, college; test-prep) are two factors that makes me qualified to tutor Praxis I Math. Even more importantly, I did well on the more comprehensive MTEL test for high school math. The MTEL tests all the topics Praxis I Math does, as well a few other topics (e.g., Calculus). I did well on all the subareas, including the open response, where I received the highest score, ?Thorough.? (The open response section involves answering two multipart problems. The section score evaluates quality of explanation in addition to correctness.) Because of my results on the MTEL, I obtained certification to teach Math, 8-12 in public schools in Massachusetts.
I have experience helping students prepare for the PSAT. According to one student, this preparation was also helpful in laying the foundation for later success on the SAT.
When I took the SSAT myself, I did well and this was one factor in receiving a scholarship to a first-rate secondary school. I also have a few years of experience tutoring the SSAT for a national test prep company.