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Algebra 1 can be tough for young students transitioning from middle school math but I have developed simple techniques for solving complex problems so that my students get the same test results as they did in early math classes.
I specialize in teaching advanced and honors Algebra 2 classes. All the complicated topics can be easily understood with my simplified explanations. Trigonometry in particular is susceptible to a rapid introduction that empowers students to solve all types of problems using only 19 tools.
Calculus deals with constant change in situations such as motion, growth and decay. I have helped many students truly appreciate the value of calculus in real life so they can become motivated to tackle the material and succeed on tough courses. The classes I cover include high school calculus, Calc AB/BC, all the way up to College Calculus 2.
Geometry demands knowledge and application of essential theorems, axioms and postulates. I have helped many students master the basics and learn how to apply the principles of geometry in seemingly dis-related subjects.
Pre-Algebra introduces students to the basics of solving equations by balancing both sides. It also includes other topics that utilize variables. I have helped many students gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in both pre-algebra and algebra itself.
Pre-Calculus covers many topics that range from vectors to limits. I have found that students benefit the most from pre-calc classes when they comprehend the underlying concepts of each topic. This can get lost in honors classes due to the speed required, so I help by illuminating the basics and clearly demonstrating the real-life applications of each concept.
I help students avoid rote memorization so that they can be able to answer all types of trig questions by using only 19 key items. Students routinely go up two letter grades once they understand the value of trig and start to apply master my simplified techniques.
The new SAT Math tends to be much more descriptive than the previous one. It requires that a student break down each question and implement logical steps which can be used to rapidly solve the problems. Precise diagnostic tests, extra practice and proper techniques are the best remedy for poor performance. I have helped many students master the skills they need to do well on this test.
ACT Math tends to be less tricky than SAT Math as it mostly tests what a student has learned in school. I teach or reinforce the concepts first then I move on to time control and pacing because the test demands fast and accurate thinking. My approach has helped many students increase their scores on the ACT Math exam.
I studied Educational Methodology as part of a brand-new system developed and tested on several continents across a wide spectrum of students from different backgrounds and of different ages. The common outcome of this program is that students have a renewed interest in subjects that were previously 'boring' or 'difficult' or 'useless' to them. They begin to learn and study independently. They score way above average on all types of tests. They experience a gain of several reading levels. They begin to modify their own behaviour while acquiring a repertoire of new skills and new habits that will last them a lifetime. In short, study and learning becomes easy, even joyful. I have seen numerous results with these techniques over 17 years and I'm always amazed at the consistency of results.
I have helped many students do well on the Cooperative Admissions Program (COOP) test and gain entrance to the Catholic high school of their choice. The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is another common achievement test for those who want to enter high schools of different types. The contents of these tests are similar and I have obtained uniformly excellent results tutoring students in both tests.
The ISEE offers many students an opportunity to write their own future by getting into their school of choice. The Independent School Entrance Examination is offered by ERB, the Educational Records Bureau. The ISEE exam covers Verbal (vocabulary), Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Reasoning (ability to think with and use Math in unique situations) and finally it covers basic Mathematics techniques. The test has different levels for different grades: Lower, Middle and Upper. After tutoring many students in the ISEE I have found that the best preparation starts with a solid education in Basics. A reading program that emphases depth and breadth of extensive reading on a daily basis would be the ideal prep. The singular difference between students on the ISEE is simply vocabulary, knowledge of. As for the test itself, I have found that students need 6-12 weeks to prepare for the ISEE proper. Utilizing texts from various test-prep publishers as well as the ERB website itself, I have been able to quickly teach test-taking skills as well as subject content to excellent results.
I have tutored many students in the following Praxis topics: Numbers, Quantities, Algebra, Functions, Calculus, Geometry, Probability, Statistics. and Discrete Mathematics. The test itself is not too complicated but it is quite important to understand (not memorize) the formulas and mathematical notation. A well-defined study plan with extensive practice is essential to getting a good score on the test. I have successfully guided many students through all the steps needed to ace this test.