I help learners master concepts and lessons using proven methods of analyzing and simplifying complex problems. I can identify and help correct gaps in prior learning to assist learners in mastering more advanced topics. I enjoy teaching and seeing students gain knowledge and confidence. With Texas teacher certifications in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, I have taught in public secondary schools, colleges, and industries for 29 years. In this time, I have shown students practical app... [more]

Algebra 1

I demonstrate the transfer of arithmetic skills to the use of variables in algebra. I also reteach any math skills that a student needs to succeed in algebra. I have found that most students who struggle with algebra really just need some support with fundamental math techniques, so I carefully analyze the work of my students to improve those skills. I show students how to use algebra to find similarities in the solutions of science problems and other statistical applications. I worked two years on a Carl Perkins federal grant project to support using applied learning techniques in teaching algebra and made presentations on the project at state-wide TechPrep conventions in Austin.

Algebra 2

I do most of my tutoring in Algebra 2 which involves more advanced applications of Algebra 1 to solve more complex problems. Polynomials, exponents, complex numbers using "i" for imaginary numbers, and extensive graphing of functions are included. I relate these ideas back to Algebra 1 and geometry skills and how they can be used in physics to stimulate attention to otherwise bland math procedures!

Calculus

I have successfully tutored calculus students from high school AP Calculus and college calculus classes. Recently, I have refreshed my calculus knowledge by "hitting the books" again and have a renewed appreciation for the power of calculus in solving advanced problems. I also use calculus in helping students solve physics problems.

Chemistry

Chemistry was my first major in college and is what I was teaching when I retired. Chemistry can be very challenging, but by showing linkages and patterns, it can be managed well. By effectively teaching trends and features of the Periodic Table of the Elements, students can then work most problems encountered in high school and freshman chemistry. I am also able to teach the mathematics required for chemistry problems.

Geometry

Geometry (meaning "Earth measurement") is a different type of math course that some find challenging due to its emphasis on logic and reasoning in making formal geometric proofs. I show students how to process problems using diagrams to understand what is being asked. I also show ways to group the many formulas in geometry into a smaller group of formulas to reduce the demands on memorization! I give students a piece of paper with only ONE side!

Physics

I majored in physics in college and it is my favorite course to teach. I have kept current by participating in several nationally recognized workshops in physics as indicated on my profile. I have taught physics in high school and college where my students said they really liked my courses. I teach concepts first, then problem solving.

Prealgebra

I taught prealgebra for four years and was able to bring most students into basic algebra concepts during the prealgebra course. I always make sure basic math concepts are well established before moving past them into algebra. I watch for misuse of mathematical operations and correct them quickly so "bad habits" are not allowed to form. I offer methods to convert word problems into mathematical expressions to facilitate finding correct answers.

Precalculus

Precalculus develops extensions of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and mathematical analysis in preparation for calculus. Having worked with all of these subjects, I have used these skills extensively while teaching and tutoring. I was able to make a 100% score on the WyzAnt mastery test for precalculus. I work to clarify the terminology and symbols used in precalculus so concepts can be understood without confusion caused by vocabulary.

Trigonometry

I teach the six trigonometric functions using the right triangle and the "SOHCAHTOA" mnemonic. I also teach the unit circle methods and provide an easy method of finding trig values of the common angles used on the unit circle. I present useful methods for proving trig identities. Trigonometry was my favorite math class in high school where I maintained an A+ average. While it is based on the right triangle, its applications extend to most sciences and engineering, so it is a very important course.

SAT Math

I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT math test. I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of smaller problems to arrive at the final results. Analyzing and understanding the questions is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill. I teach several test taking strategies I learned as a professional test question author.

GRE

I have successfully helped many students to improve their GRE math scores to the level they needed. GRE uses some tricky questions so I teach good question analysis skills to help students arrive at correct answers. I have taken the GRE on two occasions since I entered two different graduate schools many years apart. I had a perfect score on the quantitative reasoning (math) section and I even took time during the test to analyze the contents to find 25% was geometry content. As a professional test item writer, I understand test item construction and can give advice on helpful test taking tactics to improve scores.

GED

I prepare students for the GED, a comprehensive test of most high school subjects, by assessing the students needs and specifically reteaching those topics to mastery. This can be a long term project in some cases, but I am persistent. I have tutored many students in preparation for SAT, ACT, GRE, ASVAB, and TAKS testing. As a certified teacher in Texas, I have taught math, science, and technical skills in schools and industry. I have also worked in adult education at a community college program. GED is similar to those tests and my experience and education enable me to help students with the GED preparation.

Physical Science

I show students how to find patterns in science to make learning new concepts easier by relating them to previous concepts. I also emphasize the scientific method for developing and refining concepts. I also teach the math skills needed for science and stress the correct use of units of measurement. My education in physics, chemistry, and geology gives me the right background for teaching physical science. I am able to offer examples from my 10 years of experience working and teaching in industry to show how often physical science knowledge is used there.

ASVAB

I can effectively address all aspects of the ASVAB test. Having served in the military, I am familiar with the skills the military values, including technical skills, math and science knowledge, and reasoning skills. I have administered ASVAB tests at my school and it measures all of these skills. I taught technical skills at Texas State Technical College in the Chemical Operations Technology program and also in two large manufacturing industries where mechanical skills were highly valued. I have a background as an electronics repair technician and electronics manufacturing supervisor.

Probability

I use simple demonstrations to introduce probability concepts to students and then expand from them into larger problems. Probability is mostly concerned with combinations, permutations, and analysis of population and sample distributions. I used probability techniques to improve quality control in manufacturing of electronic circuit boards. (It is also useful in playing "Black Jack" to know when to "hit" or "hold".) Even insurance decisions can benefit from understanding actuarial probabilities.

PSAT

With my preparation to enter college, I took the PSAT and SAT tests and scored well above 1300 out of a possible 1600 on both tests. Later I tutored my daughter to do very well (above 1500) on the PSAT and she became a National Merit Scholar Semi-finalist. With my training in mathematics and science, I successfully tutor many students in the math portions of these tests. I have writing experience from serving as an editor for the publication of an English grammar textbook and writing curriculum for the college classes I taught. I have over 29 years of teaching experience at secondary and college levels.

ACT Math

I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam) which is essentially the same as the SAT and ACT math tests. Having worked as a professional test questions writer, I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results. Understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill.

ACT Science

100% of my science students passed the TAKS science tests in my last two years of teaching! While I am proud of what they accomplished, I feel I was able to fully prepare them for that standardized test. Correctly understanding the question is the major part of taking standardized tests, so I concentrate on that skill. I help students break test questions into a logical sequence of small problems to arrive at the final results.

Elementary Math

Elementary math is crucial to any later progress in math and science and even music! I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from previous math courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive. I work to identify misconceptions students have that cause mistakes and reteach those concepts for mastery. I also like to show a little bit of what will be taught in later math classes to provide some anticipation in my current math students.

Elementary Science

To help students explore science, I often show simple demonstrations to develop concepts and show how to apply the "scientific process" to increase our understanding of our world. I help students recognize patterns to develop science concepts that make sense and can be used in our world. Elementary science is crucial to any later progress in science. I find that some secondary students are really struggling with incomplete skills from elementary science courses. Therefore, I am very interested in giving elementary students the best foundation possible to make secondary courses easier and more productive.

TAKS

As a high school teacher, much time was devoted to preparing students for the TAKS testing. I directly instructed and reviewed students for the math and science portions of TAKS. In my last two years of teaching, 100% of my science students passed the TAKS test! I also gave verbal administrations of both math and science tests so I am aware of the test questions and formats.

TEAS

As a certified teacher of math and science with 29 years of teaching experience in those subjects, I am fully qualified to teach the contents of the TEAS test questions. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. I possess a lifetime Texas teaching certificate for mathematics, physics, and chemistry. I have successfully tutored students in preparation for the HESI A2 nursing exam.

AFOQT

With professional science and math teacher training I have taught those subjects for over 29 years. I also worked six years actually writing test questions for the Army and Air Force Officers Qualifying Exams. I also helped to administer those tests in San Antonio at Lackland Air Force Base. I also served in the military for six years.

STAAR

I have taught science courses for grades 7-12 as well as college physics and industrial science subjects. I have also taught math courses for grades 6-11. I am familiar with the concepts and topics from those courses and have been successful in preparing my students for state assessments such as TEAMS and TAKS. STAAR is simply the next evolution of that testing.