Barbara Y.


Barbara Y.

Tutor

Saint Paul, MN 55113

Will travel 15 miles

$45 per hour.

4.73 216 ratings

Math & science - I'll help you get concepts & do word problems

I have a bachelor's degree and PhD in Chemical Engineering and held a teaching license for high school chemistry and physics. I have tutored students in math and science from 4th grade through adults. I've taught high school chemistry, physics, physical science, and electricity. I've also taught college courses in engineering and math. In addition to teaching, I have worked as a chemical engineer in product and process development, in the food industry and with chemical processing. I am part... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is a foundation course for all of the higher levels of mathematics as well as many science classes. I can help you get off to a strong start. In Algebra 1 students typically start to learn some abstract concepts that are sometimes only loosely connected to real life problems. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems. When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work.


Algebra 2

I have taught or tutored students in Pre-algebra through Calculus. I work with students to discover what their individual strengths and weaknesses are, and make sure we fix any "holes" in their background. I am also an engineer, and I enjoy a variety of hobbies like cooking and weaving, so we can always find concrete examples of concepts. I have had great success helping students understand and learn how to attack word problems and solve equations.


Calculus

Calculus was invented to tackle real problems, but too often it seems like a bunch of abstract stuff and weird procedures to memorize. I first studied Calculus at Columbia Heights High School, with a great teacher, Roger Sadlowsky. When we tackled a new concept, he made sure we knew what it was good for. I help Calculus students see the meaning of procedures, and keep it connected to real life applications. Calculus is like an upside-down pyramid - new concepts are balanced on the scaffolding of previous concepts. I work with students to make sure they have a solid foundation, and see how new material builds on what they already know.


Chemistry

I'm a chemical engineer, so I've applied chemistry to real world applications. I've also taught high school Chemistry. I can relate chemistry concepts to concrete examples like cooking. Because I also tutor in math, I know how to help students solve calculation problems in chemistry. Choosing to work with a tutor in chemistry can be a very good decision. The concepts and information in chemistry build on each other's. It's good to make sure you understand the material from each unit so you can apply it to the next.


Vocabulary


Grammar


Microsoft Excel

I?ve worked with Excel since the earliest versions were released. I have used it for technical calculations, display of data, and home and organizational databases.


Microsoft Word


Physics

Physics is a great subject for tutoring because it emphasizes problem solving. I can help you figure out how to set up and solve problems. I have taught high school physics several times. My degrees are in chemical engineering, so I have also taken (and used) undergraduate and graduate physics courses.


Microsoft PowerPoint

I've worked with Microsoft PowerPoint since it was first introduced, through many versions. I've used it for teaching and to give professional presentation. I can help you use it to get your content across to your audience, not just add bells & whistles.


Prealgebra

Prealgebra is sometimes when students lose ground in math. It's important to make sure that you understand the concepts, not just memorize procedures, because later math classes build on them. When I work with a student one on one, we can discover what individual difficulties the student has with the material. Sometimes a student hasn't solidly grasped a concept that was covered earlier, so we need to back up and fix that before we can move on. This way we build a solid foundation for future work. Many students need concrete or visual examples. I'm good at that! I've never met a word problem I couldn't draw a picture for. I can also help students who struggle with the complex reading level common in word problems.


Precalculus


Reading

Reading is a complex skill, and the irregularities of English bring special challenges. I have a background in courses in linguistics so I can teach students how to recognize English words that come from different languages and don?t follow simple phonics rules. I have experience teaching students through high school how to expand their vocabulary by learning word roots. I know how to help students understand the structure of complex sentences.


Spanish

My primary subjects are science and math. However, I can help students with beginning levels of Spanish. This might be especially convenient if you need help in multiple subjects since we could spend a little bit of time on each as needed.


Trigonometry

I'm an engineer and I've taught physics, so I know how to apply trigonometry concepts to real world problems. In my college coursework I used trigonometry in calculus, physics, and engineering mechanics, including several graduate level courses.


Writing


SAT Math


LSAT


GRE


Proofreading

I have extensive experience proofreading student and professional work. I have graded reports at the high school and undergraduate college levels. I have also proofread works for publication and graduate work. I can help you fix errors in mechanics (spelling and punctuation) and sentence structure and work on effective organization and style.


GED

I can help especially with the Math and Science sections of the GED test. I've taught and tutored math from prealgebra through calculus, and chemistry, physics, and physical science. I can help you learn how to tackle problems, decipher word problems, and analyze reading passages, charts, and graphs. I can relate concepts to real world applications and concrete examples. I've taught or tutored students from middle school through adults. I try to discover what the individual student needs, and I'll make sure you have a good grounding in basic concepts to build to more complex ones. I can also help with reading comprehension and understanding questions - skills that are needed for the Social Studies and Language Arts sections as well.


SAT Reading


Physical Science

In Physical Science, students have to bring together a variety of skills. It requires thinking concretely about experiments, understanding abstract concepts that apply to them, learning technical vocabulary, and setting up and solving mathematical problems. I taught Physical Science for a number of years, and I understand the ways that students struggle in the course. I'm good at finding concrete ways to demonstrate concepts. I work with students to help them learn how to set up and solve problems. I'm a chemical engineer, so I know many real-world examples of how Physical Science is actually applied. I also draw examples from sports, driving, cooking, and other everyday activities. I love simple demonstrations, and often use them to illustrate concepts in action.


ASVAB

For ASVAB prep, I prefer to work only with adults 21 and older.


PSAT


ACT Reading


ACT English

I have helped students improve their ACT scores by working on fundamentals: content, reading comprehension, data analysis, and understanding the types of questions and answers that occur. I customize instruction to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses.


ACT Math

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, which means I have not only studied math through calculus, differential equations, and finite methods, but I also know how to apply it to solving real problems. I have experience tutoring math students from elementary school through university, and I have taught a university Finite Math course.


ACT Science


Praxis

I am a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota for 9-12 Chemistry and Physics, as well as holding a PhD in Chemical Engineering. I have taken and passed the basic skills and subject-specific tests that were required for licensure. (Minnesota has since switched to a different testing system for licensure.) I have taught the content required for the Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science subject specific tests. I have taught and/or tutored the math content required for the basic skills math test. I have experience tutoring a number of elementary education majors in algebra while I was a tutor at the University of Minnesota, so I understand how to present math concepts to students majoring in non-technical fields.


Chemical Engineering

I have a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have taught Polymer Science at the UW-Madison, Introduction to Chemical Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.


MTLE

The MTLE is the set of teacher licensure exams in Minnesota. I am a MN licensed teacher. I have tutored students for the MTLE Math Basic skills test. I am also on the K12 Education Policy committee in the State House of Representatives. I authored a bill (which passed into law) to determine how to improve or revise the Basic Skills set of the MTLE. I am on the task force created by that law. I have researched the scope and testing conditions for the tests. I am interested tutoring students for the MTLE Basic Skills Math test, as well as the MTLE Content Area tests for Chemistry and Physics. I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, have completed coursework beyond what is required for those tests, and have Chemistry and Physics teaching licenses.