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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 can seem like a big step from the concrete world into abstracts. This can bamboozle many students - but it's not that hard... There are really simple and quick ways to make this a seamless and EASY process. Algebra is a very powerful tool in multiple situations, so it's well worth the effort to make it work for you. Repeat - work for you - not scare you.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 kicks in with much more powerful analysis tools to describe and evaluate real-life situations in hundreds of scientific disciplines. It is a must for those following the sciences - but can intimidate if the core concepts aren't fully mastered. Getting a solid grounding in core concepts is the key to turning Algebra 2 from a scary snake into an inoffensive (but very useful) worm.

Calculus

Calculus is where math really brings years of preparation into fine focus and offers powerful ways of resolving extremely complex problems - easily and quickly. Many students are unecessarily scared of calculus. Don't be! If you study and master the basic concepts then (as in other disciplines) you will find you can hold your own and smile at your prowess. Two major calculus areas are; "differentiation" - which looks at rates of change of functions, and "integration" - which allows you to calculate areas and volumes of functions which, otherwise, with lesser math skills, would be impossible to calculate. This is "turbo-math" at is very best! Enjoy it!

Vocabulary

Grammar

General Computer

I was really lucky to find a fabulous computer teacher in the 90's. He taught me how to knock down and rebuild a computer and all the fancy stuff that software could do. I was then on PC's and stuck there for years. Most of my clients were on Windows, so there was no option. But, three years ago I was able to move over to Mac and love it. Whatever your needs, software, search engine optimization, even basic HTML - I have resources to help you. Remember that the secret is NOT to know it all, but to know WHERE to look!

Geometry

Geometry can seem daunting because you "have to" memorize so many theorems. But, in reality, if you break each theorem down into common sense (often with a quick sketch) then a hazy notion or idea can turn into a clear understanding instantly.

Microsoft Word

MS Word is the international standard for producing text. Mastery of Word makes it easy to produce tip-top professional-looking documents with more resources available than most of us can imagine. It's a VERY powerful tool TOO powerful for most - but can be mastered relatively quickly with a little one-on-one training.

Physics

#1 - First Class Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering after bombing in the first year! Thrown into math teaching at 19 and turned it all around!! Math was suddenly so easy! And math is central to physics! Physics is a fascinating subject and universally useful. But, it can seem daunting at first. The secret is to keep your cool and get clear explanations of the concepts. Once this is down and mastered you'll see that you can do it too! I know how you feel if you are struggling because I used to. Will share all my secrets and get you smiling again.

Prealgebra

Most students struggle with Algebra because they haven't gotten their minds around the notion of strange variables like "x". This barrier can be broken down in minutes with a common sense explanation. Algebra is a major stepping stone to multiple sciences and must be mastered to facilitate future academic progress.

Precalculus

As algebra, trigonometry skills consolidate, we move toward calculus (differential and integration calculus) which employs extremely powerful math skills. Pre-calculus is the bed rock upon which calculus stands. Many schools only get into full-blown calculus at college levels - not high school. But you have to build a concrete foundation before you get to calculus. THEN - it is easy!

Reading

Trigonometry

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Portuguese

Portuguese shares common roots from the Latin. English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese all share many points of convergence - more than at first meets the eye. Years of in-depth experience has shown that learning a foreign language is more a matter of mastering the structure of the language (convergence and divergence) than anything else. Once the "mechanics" of the structure are mastered it's a simple matter to build vocabulary and add on words and phrases. The speed of learning can be astounding. I learned in six months! Nowadays totally 100% bilingual.

SAT Math

SAT, ACT, GMAT, and other exams are used to test general skill sets in math, language arts, etc. SAT in particular can be very challenging and requires dedicated preparation with a good prep book and a great tutor to walk you through the confusion. Let's make it easy!

Proofreading

I first got involved - deeply - in languages when I moved to Brazil and had to learn Portuguese VERY quickly. The methods I learned in that process stood me in good stead when I later set up and ran a very successful school teaching English to executives in Brazil. Subsequently, I became very involved in translating and interpreting (both simultaneous and consecutive) and had to delve even deeper into the nuances of language across cultures. Proofreading was a useful spin-off from all this experience, as I had found ways to quickly spot errors (both in substance and grammar) very quickly.

SAT Reading

TOEFL

Teaching of English as a Foreign Language is a particular skill when it is applied to adults. A mother tongue is a powerful part of our psyche and can be used to facilitate, or hinder the assimilation a new language. Children, by nature, do not have this potential barrier. A fast and successful learning curve can be obtained for adult students when constructive comparisons are made with the essential structure of the mother tongue and target language. When essential structures, like grammar, syntax, prepositions, etc. all make sense, then learning becomes more fun and far more productive.

ASVAB

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Probability

Probability is the calculation of the likelihood of something happening, or not. If it is certain, then it gets a 1, meaning 100% certain. If it is impossible, then it gets a zero. This branch of math has applications in a myriad of life and work situations, like insurance, financial decisions, business strategies, and even gambling - they all use probability calculations to make them viable.

Spelling

ACT Reading

I homeschooled both my boys and shared the joy of learning to read and handle numbers. As an executive in multinationals around the world developed the critical skills to sifting tons of information and finding the key essentials quickly.

ACT Math

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Elementary Math

I homeschooled both my boys and shared the joy of learning to read and handle numbers. Currently teach at a local tutoring service where I help kids of all ages from K-12 all the way through college math.

Phonics

Phonics is the art of translating vowel sequences into long or short sounds. Long sounds can be equated to the sounds of the alphabetic vowels, a, e, i, o, u. The short sounds, are like, cat, get, bit, cot, and cut. Most consonants, in English, carry a stable sound pattern and can be memorized easily. Consonant sequences, like 'ph', 'th', and 'sh' all carry a specific sound. Once a vowel sequence is recognized as such, then reading capability increases exponentially. I have used phonics to teach reading to both my boys, whom I home-school, with enormous success. It not only has taught them to read well, but has enhanced their spelling abilities. Phonics is a tool I have used to help teach adults English as a Foreign Language. I set up and ran an English school for executives in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1990s) where I designed, wrote, and taught all the major concepts of the English language (from basic to advanced levels). This included phonics to improve pronunciation and accent reduction, while enhancing reading skills. I recently taught ESOL here in Suwanee, Georgia (Donna/Dr. Davis - Dental Office) where phonics was the initial focus. The students left that office recently.

ESL/ESOL

I lived in Brazil for 30 years. In 1990's started a school teaching English to top executives in multinational companies. We taught from beginner to boardroom negotiation levels. English is very different from Spanish and Portuguese. Understanding the differences and also the similarities helps you to see HOW to speak English. Building a sentence is easy if you know how. at? logo

Differential Equations

Isaac Newton and his peers were clever guys. They broke the wall down when they discovered linearization of curves and derivatives. The Industrial Revolution resulted. Calculus resolves incredibly complex problems with power and ease. #1 - First Class Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering after bombing in the first year! Thrown into math teaching at 19 and turned it all around!! Math was suddenly so easy! I know how you feel if you are struggling because I used to. Will share all my math secrets and get you smiling again.

Career Development

As a graduate engineer, entered multinationals via steel manufacture (England) and then auto parts (US Steel, Brazil). From there moved into hospital products (Johnson & Johnson Brazil) and on into self employment. Taught Career Development in Technical Colleges (resume building, interview techniques, behavior, anger management, office technology, etc). Great experience in change management and its impact on careers. Experience as a technical person in manufacture, engineering management, upper level management on to directorships - going through the multiple changes required in personal style, leadership, and behavior. Graduate in Manager Development Program of US Steel leading to world-standard management. Well-versed in Transactional Analysis and Emotional Intelligence applied to business.

Macintosh

I learned Microsoft Windows in the mid 1980's with a great teacher, but, it didn't take long to discover that Windows really is a massive bandage covered in band-aids! Just look at the volumes of updates they put out constantly to "fix" issues. Several years ago, I finally made it to my MacBook and they say, "Once on a Mac - Never Go Back! It takes a little while to adjust to Mac's interface. That's where I can help you. I studied and spent a many hours digging around to become fully familiar with the system. That's time I can save you! Once you know your way around, you'll find that Macs are intuitively easy to grasp and manage. They make common sense, and you'll see that many of MS recent ideas are really copied from Mac. I can help you feel comfortable with your Mac in just a few short hours.