When I retired from the United States Air Force I swore I would never get up early again. But I still wanted to do something to continue making the world a better place. So I turned to something I had done for my friends in High School, my troops in the field, and my neighborhood kids, TUTORING! I have been doing it professionally now for over ten years. I love it when my student's understand a new concept. Their eyes light up, they smile at me and say, "but that's easy!" Most students ... [more]
Algebra 1 is one of my favorite classes. At the very beginning, I can get students understanding what I call "the secret of Algebra", which will carry them all the way through Calculus.
I have found that kids having trouble with Algebra 2 usually didn't understand Algebra 1, but managed to 'get through'. I am always able to figure out where they are weak, and build up their basic skills.
Geometry is one of my favorite subjects. As I tell the students: they draw you a picture. That helps them be less afraid. And as we work some problems that require a little arithmetic, I'm able to help them build up their basic capabilities , the lack of which, has been holding them back.
I love to help young kids with their basic skills, before they become afraid of MATH and feel like failures, including in Prealgebra.
Although there is a lot of basic knowledge to learn and understand, I've always been able to show my students that the 'hardest part' of Trigonometry, proving identities, is really just a game, and I show them how to win it, using the same basic 'secret of algebra' that I teach all my students.
I have a BS degree in Math from Michigan State U, a Master's in Computer Systems from Ais Force Institute of Technology, and completed PhD coursework in Geophysics at U.C. Berkeley. I have tutored two students so far in Basic Calculus including differential equations and Integration. My basic method was to make sure they understood what differentiation and integration were and how they worked before moving on to using all the shortcuts.
I have a BS degree in Math from Michigan State U, a Master's in Computer Systems from Air Force Institute of Technology, and completed PhD coursework in Geophysics at U.C. Berkeley. Although I haven't taught any students in Logic, my years as a computer programmer for the US Air Force made me amply familiar with the vagaries of logic (and how easy it was to get it wrong). At one point, I programmed database selection logic using an easy for the user to understand method I invented myself, rather than using the common Polish select notation. At other times, I helped users build email sieves to select all the incoming mail that they needed to see, while screening out the rest.