Susan L.


Susan L.

Tutor

Plano, TX 75093

Will travel 15 miles

$90 per hour.

4.92 49 ratings

Math and Test Prep Tutor, Certified Math Teacher

I feel fortunate to have tutored and taught high school math, SAT, ACT, PSAT, GRE and GMAT prep for the past ten years. My approach is to create a positive and supportive environment to help students succeed. By breaking a math problem down into smaller, more manageable steps, I can help identify issues and create a plan for resolving them. It's amazing how many students I have heard saying they're "just bad at math". But I've never met anyone who was. After determining where and why a stud... [more]


Algebra 1


Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is now a fundamental component of the 2016 revised SAT, so success in this course can help both your GPA and your SAT score! Double bonus for college entrance requirements. I'm a certified teacher in Texas for Math 8-12 and taught in Plano ISD for several years. I view Algebra 2 as a pivotal course - for some students it's the final math course they'll take in high school and for others, it's the gateway to future math success in high school Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses. Either way, I can help your student be successful.


Calculus

Calculus is a new and different kind of math for most students and I enjoy helping them discover it and make sense of it. Surprisingly for most students, with a little bit of help, they often find it easier than Pre-AP Precalculus. Calculus has so many real world applications, as I discovered when doing my degree in Electrical Engineering, so I find it exciting to introduce students to this amazing subject. I'm a certified math high school teacher in Texas and taught math in the Plano ISD for 5 years.


Geometry

As a certified math grades 8-12 teacher, I taught both Geometry and Pre-AP Geometry for almost five years in Plano ISD. From experience, I know what concepts students tend to have difficulty with and how to make these concepts easier. I like to use a lot of diagrams and colors to help visual learners and also to explain tough concepts to all students. During tutorial sessions, I use manipulatives and models to help those who have difficulty with spatial awareness. Most geometry curriculum is algebra-based, so success in geometry depends not only on understanding geometric concepts, but also on having a good foundation in basic algebra. I also have a lot of experience tutoring students in algebra, so I work on strengthening algebra skills while solving geometry problems.


Prealgebra


Precalculus

I've been tutoring Precalculus for several years and find it one of the most interesting math courses to tutor. Part of the course is an amplified version of Algebra 2 and the other part is completely new, with trigonometric functions and the unit circle. It can also be the most challenging high school math courses a student takes, more challenging than AP Calculus for some. I'm a certified math teacher and taught high school math for Plano ISD for 5 years, so am familiar with the sequencing and material in the high school curriculum, including the recent changes introduced in 2015.


Trigonometry


SAT Math

I've tutored SAT math since 2004 and currently develop and teach SAT math courses at the University of Texas at Dallas. A lot has changed with the SAT math test since the March 2016 revision, so it now includes Algebra 2 and a bit of Pre-calculus. After doing a brief assessment with a student, I hone in on which math fundamentals require strengthening and provide supplemental material for learning new information and practicing it. I also focus on strategies to help students choose the correct multiple choice answer more quickly and accurately.


GRE

The GRE quantitative (math) test can be a challenge , especially for those who haven't had a math class in a while. The good new is that the test involves only basic Algebra and Geometry concepts. The bad news is that the questions can be very difficult and asked in an unfamiliar manner. In addition to tutoring, I've been developing and teaching GRE math classes at the University of Texas at Dallas for several years. I enjoy sharing strategies about how to choose answer choices more accurately and quickly and helping students shore up the basic math principles they might not have had to use in a while.


GMAT

The GMAT quantitative (math) test can be quite a challenge for those who haven't had a math class in a while. The good new is that the test involves only basic Algebra and Geometry concepts. The bad news is that the questions can be very difficult and calculator use is not permitted, so calculations have to be done by hand - yes, fractions too! In addition to tutoring, I've been developing and teaching GMAT math classes at the University of Texas at Dallas for several years. I enjoy sharing strategies about how to choose answer choices more accurately and quickly and helping students dust off the math skills they haven't had to use in many years.


PSAT


ACT Math

I am experienced in ACT Math Prep and a Certified Math teacher.


ACT Science


ISEE

I've tutored students on the math portion of the Upper Level ISEE for several years. Typically, these students are in the eighth grade and are trying the test to help gain admission into a private school for ninth grade. This is a challenging test because it covers a lot of high school math material that eighth graders haven't learned yet. I focus on strengthening existing math skills and teach strategies for timing and for attempting the higher level problems. For those who are ready, I also teach new high school math skills and concepts to help students answer the more difficult questions.