Foster L.


Foster L.

Tutor

Salem, OR 97302

Will travel 3 miles

$40 per hour.

4.9 31 ratings

An A+ Educator you can rely on for results

About me: I was an Academic Mentor at the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor University in Texas until returning to Florida. I attend med school at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL and am enjoying my summer break relaxing and tutoring subjects I've mastered. About my methods: I believe that in order to aid each student's comprehension of the subject matter, the best way to proceed is by 1. Identifying the student's primary learning modality: how they learn. e.g. hearing, vi... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is an important topic as it paves the way for Calculus and is important in understanding Physics, Statistics, Economics, Finance, etc., and finds applications in all quantitative academic fields. We cover many mathematical basics like the natures of the equation, order of operations, prime numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, negative numbers, irrational numbers, exponents and square roots of numbers as well as many other topics, though methods of teaching and material vary greatly between teachers and textbooks. When working with students, I base my teaching on the student's syllabus or desired learning goals. Practice is always the key, and I make understanding and tailoring my lesson to the learning style of the student a priority to make learning as fun and easy as possible.


Algebra 2

Algebra II is largely concerned with solving rational equations and introducing mathematical concepts like polynomials, non-linear equations, logarithms and, exponents and roots that are a necessary foundation for many business applications as well as higher mathematics. I tailor my lessons to the unique learning needs (and course syllabus if applicable) of my students. I also try to accommodate my student's unique learning modality so as to make the process as fun and easy as possible.


American History

American History is taught from many different perspectives depending upon the focus of the course. When teaching students, I take a personalized approach based upon their particular syllabus and their work.


Biology

Biology is the study of life systems. A course in Biology will usually cover Taxonomy, Cell Biology, Evolution by Natural Selection, Genetics, Population Dynamics and Ecology. I received my M.A. and B.S. from Baylor University in Biology, and I have been accepted into Nova Southeastern University Medical School. I am gearing up for the rigors of my medical education with this year of comparative leisure, supplementing my income with tutoring. Whether you are struggling with High School or College-level Biology, I can help you as I helped many students when I tutored the same subjects in High School and College. The first hour is refundable if you are not completely satisfied.


Calculus

Calculus, or the mathematics of infinitesimals, covers a variety of topics, and methods of teaching it vary widely. A good calculus will always explain the definition of the derivative, rules of differentiation (chain rule, product rule, quotient, etc.), uses of the derivative (identifying extrema, increase/decrease, concavity of points on functions), the anti-derivative and basic rules of integration, and methods to integrate more complex functions (integration by parts, trig- and u-substitutions, partial fractions, etc.). Related topics such as limits and series functions also are usually taught as well. To work with you effectively, I'll need to see your course syllabus, and samples of your recent work. To excel, you need to put in the work outside our sessions and class. I'm there to help demystify the thing, but underneath the mystery, there's always going to be a good deal of work that only you can do: I can help to guide your work so as to make it as efficient as possible, so you can take advantage of the course's testing format and maximize that grade.


Chemistry

Foster received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry) and his Master of Arts degree in Biology from Baylor University. While working on his degrees he worked at the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor, first as a tutor and then as a graduate academic mentor for undergraduate students. He has been accepted to medical school at Nova Southeastern University and will be matriculating in the Fall of 2013. While studying for his Bachelors degree, he earned "A"s in Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and their labs. Additionally, he did well in Organic Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry lab and Biochemistry, along with a host of Biology courses with related chemistry information. "Chemistry is the quantitative study of physical matter and its different forms. As your chemistry tutor, I will show you how to solve the common problems of basic physical chemistry, help you to understand the key concepts involved and help you with mnemonic devices for keeping equations and facts straight."


Grammar


Microsoft Excel

Knowing how to use Excel is a must for those wishing to pursue careers in business, science and many other fields. This system makes possible easy handling and presentation of data as well as providing an environment to program and run mathematical and logical algorithms.


General Computer

I have owned and operated Apple computers since I was 10 years old. In college, I worked extensively on PCs for computational tasks in both Physics and Biology. I have continued to maintain an Apple laptop for my personal computing.


Geometry

Geometry has been counted in the Western tradition as one of the seven traditional liberal arts (geometry, astronomy, music, arithmetic, grammar, dialectic and rhetoric) because it helped one to understand the nature of proof and certainty, as well as providing one with a sense of the orderliness and beauty of nature as it conforms to number in spatial relations. Euclid is its father, and elementary textbooks today do not venture beyond the subject matter of his masterpiece, Elements. Today it serves as the foundation for fields like trigonometry, calculus and architecture, as well as elementary logic. The idea of what constitutes a deductive proof (as opposed to a hunch or an intuition) is an important concept to master and the higher order thinking skills necessary to construct proofs with one's "intellectual vision" even when the answer is not readily apparent to one's physical eyes are important skills to be learned. I tailor my lessons very carefully to the learning goals and syllabi of my individual students to attempt to make learning a fun and invigorating experience while ensuring that our time is as profitable (in terms of acing the student's coursework) as possible.


Microsoft Word


Physics

General Physics is usually divided into Mechanics on the one hand, and Electricity and Magnetism on the other. Unlike pure mathematics, the student must be able to identify the appropriate application of physics formulas and sometimes has to determine what information is important and what is not relevant to the problem at hand. The multistep nature of Physics, which forces students to be very careful both when thinking about the problem qualitatively, and in calculating the answer, can be daunting for many people. I will help motivated students, who are willing to put in the outside work necessary, both to understand the concepts involved and to take advantage of the testing format of their particular course to maximize their grade. Students should provide me with their course syllabus and previous work by email or mail before our first session so I can prepare a personalized lesson that will make the most of our time.


Microsoft PowerPoint


Prealgebra


Precalculus

Precalculus covers a variety of topics that are the necessary background to the math of infinitessimals: Calculus. Among these are complex numbers, inequalities, properties of functions, series notation and properties, trigonometric identities, exponential and logarithmic functions and properties, limits, and vectors. I can help the student gain a good understanding of all of these topics in a way individualized to the format of their specific course and tailored to their particular syllabus, textbook, and professor's grading style. Students who wish to achieve (with me or anyone else) need to be motivated to dedicate the personal time necessary to make their time with their professor and me count the most it can. Time spent with me will be most efficiently utilized if the student has already gone through the lesson and comes to me with their specific problems.


Latin

Latin, like any other language, is most easily mastered when the student has anchors in their memory as to the proper usage of words. These anchors are easily provided by the Latin liturgy used by many traditional churches. I have found my own choir experience singing Latin in an Episcopal Church to be a great asset when tackling the proper usage of Latin words. Therefore, if the student is at all musical, I encourage singing Latin songs together, both religious and secular, like "Gaudeamus Igitur," for example. Regardless, I try to use Latin in conversation whenever possible while teaching the student to provide as close to an immersive experience as possible. I also tailor my lessons to the particular learning goals, and course syllabus if applicable, of the student and am available by email to provide answers to specific questions and will respond within 24 hrs, no additional charge.


Reading


Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the fascinating study of the relationships between sides of triangles and related phenomena. Sinusoids represent the varying proportions between sides of a triangle, but they can also be used to describe many other things, like radio waves, cycles of light and darkness, and other predictable behavior. I can help the student to ace their course in a fun and efficient way, and they will also gain mastery in this interesting subject.


Writing


Statistics

Foster L. received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry) and his Master of Arts degree in Biology from Baylor University. While working on his degrees he worked at the Paul L. Foster Success Center at Baylor, first as a tutor and then as a graduate academic mentor for undergraduate students. He has been accepted to medical school at Nova Southeastern University and will be matriculating in the Fall of 2013. While studying for his master's degree, he took both Methods of Biology and Statistics classes at the graduate level, earning "A"s in both classes, which each covered the basic statistical methods and concepts as well as how to use JMP software to perform statistical tests and calculations.


English

I had a great deal of difficulty with English grammar as a high school student until two things happened. First, my English teacher, Mrs. Carlene K., believed in me and invested time with me to help me to understand the mechanics of English grammar. Second, I started learning Latin, which helped me appreciate the mechanics of my own language that I'd always taken for granted. Thanks to these two aids, I was able to achieve more than I ever thought possible, earning a perfect score on the SAT Verbal section, becoming a National Merit Scholar and earning a full ride to University. I also earned 5s on both of the AP English tests available, so I was able to skip straight to British Lit in College, which I aced. As a tutor I strive to give my own students that same sense of my investment in them that Mrs. K. gave to me, the sense that they matter, are valued, and that this material is important enough for me to carefully teach it to them.


ESL/ESOL

Extensive experience speaking, writing and reading in English, years of tutoring experience in English and many other subjects, extensive knowledge of English grammar and mechanics, 5s on the AP English Literature and AP English Language Exams and a desire to be as helpful and flexible as I can to assist you in your goal to master the English language.


Government & Politics


Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the metabolic systems of organisms at the molecular level. The course usually focuses upon a mostly qualitative understanding (with the exception of enzyme kinetics) of the molecular structures involved and the enzyme mechanisms that play a role in the many processes of an organism's metabolism. Since methods of teaching this course vary, before we begin, I will need the student(s) to email or mail me a syllabus of the course along with problems that she or he has missed so we can focus our efforts on the right areas that need attention. I took microbiology, cell physiology and biochemistry in college, all of which are highly relevant to this field and will inform my tutoring. I received my M.A. and B.S. in Biology from Baylor University in 2012 and 2011 respectively. I've been accepted into med school at Nova Southeastern University for Fall of 2013, and this year I am gearing up for my medical education, supplementing my income with tutoring. I would love to help you to achieve similar success (after all, teaching is the best way to consolidate what you know).


SAT Math

The SAT math test is actually a combination of three sections: one 25 minute section with 18 problems, one 25 min. section with 20 problems and one 20 minute section with 16 problems. There is no calculator permitted and questions focus mainly on arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Students will need to take plenty of practice tests under testing conditions in order to do their best on the real thing. Practice not only makes perfect (revealing consistently missed problems) but also reduces stress on test-day ("yeah, yeah, I know the drill!"). Students whom I tutor will receive the best preparation for these important tests that along with GPA are highly correlated with scholarships and acceptance to college. I also do the other SAT sections for those who desire and ACT prep.


Literature

My English teacher in High School at the Geneva School in Winter Park gave me a great foundation, allowing me to get 5s on both the AP English exams available. In college, I also made As in British Literature, several World Literature courses and American Literature, while earning my Bachelor's degree in Biology. I am very well versed in the material and methods of this subject, and I can show your student just what he needs to do to get the highest grades possible in all his evaluations. Bottom line, I'm your man for teaching students this material.


GRE


Proofreading


GED

Foster L. earned his B.S. in Biology from Baylor University in 2011 and his M.A. in Biology in 2012. While earning his degrees he worked as a tutor and later an "academic mentor" for struggling students at Baylor in many different subjects, and in overall time management and study skills. In 2012, he also began tutoring independently and with WyzAnt. He has been accepted to medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will be commencing medical studies there in the Fall. He has tutored Geometry to many high school and college students and can either provide tailored lessons in elementary Geometry, or guide the student through their own curriculum.


SAT Reading

Foster was named a National Merit Scholar in 2007, (the year he graduated from High School) because of an extremely high PSAT score. His verbal MC score was a perfect 800. He also did quite well on his SAT. He graduated from Baylor University in 2011, having had his tuition paid for by a special full-ride scholarship for NM Scholars at Baylor, with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He then earned an M.A. in Biology also from Baylor, and has been accepted to the medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, matriculating in Fall 2013. While he was a student at Baylor, he worked at the Paul L. Foster Success Center, offering professional tutoring to students of many different ability levels and gaining valuable experience working with many different learning styles. To switch to the first person voice--because yes, it is me writing, today I want to offer you the chance to benefit from my experiences with this material. I'm going to work with you to learn as much as we can possibly pack into our preparations for your SAT, teaching you the same techniques that allowed me to go to a world-class college tuition-free. Study the smart way with my guidance.


SAT Writing


Nursing


TOEFL

Extensive experience speaking, writing and reading in English, years of tutoring experience in English and many other subjects, extensive knowledge of English grammar and mechanics, 5s on the AP English Literature and AP English Language Exams and a desire to be as helpful and flexible as I can to assist you in your testing preparation all qualify me to tutor you in preparation for your TOEFL examination.


ASVAB


Ecology


Microbiology


PSAT


ACT Reading


ACT English


ACT Math

The ACT Math section is a unique 60 minute test with an average 1 minute per problem, and the test permits the use of a calculator. There are six topics covered on this exam. These are pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry. I want my students to take as many practice exams as they can and to give me the results of their practice exams (preferably at least 2 before we start our sessions together). This gives us a baseline, and we can focus our efforts on topics that you struggled with on those tests. Your investment in the practice books (I'll show you which ones you need if you haven't already bought some) and in sessions with me are an investment in your future, since you will be able to get better scholarships and admissions the higher that all-important score is. So let's get started.


Managerial Accounting

Accounting, or actuarial science, requires one to be able to abstract the realities of money and assets into their values which they will have on the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow sheets. There are a large number of formulas to memorize that often require some mind-bending for the student to understand the concepts being discussed. The successful student will be able to manage the accounts of a business and analyze profitability and the overall financial situation and strategy (or lack thereof) being utilized by the company in question. I took several theoretical accounting classes, have tutored the material, as well as taking a "Managing a Small Business" Entrepreneurship class focused on a more practical approach.


Macroeconomics

Foster graduated from Baylor University first in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Biology (with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry, and again in 2012, with an M.A. in Biology from Baylor. He has been accepted to attend medical school starting this Fall (2013) at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. While he was a student at Baylor, he tutored many subjects that he had performed well in earlier in his college career, including Economics and other business-related courses. Taking this year as a sabbatical off from academia and offering private tutoring, Foster is pleased to provide his experience both with the material information of Economics and with test-taking and memorization strategies that are useful in many academic fields. He desires motivated students who are serious about learning their material and doing as well as possible in their class. If that describes you, then he can help you with your Principles of Economics or similar course.


Microeconomics

Foster graduated from Baylor University first in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Biology (with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry, and again in 2012, with an M.A. in Biology from Baylor. He has been accepted to attend medical school starting this Fall (2013) at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. While he was a student at Baylor, he tutored many subjects that he had performed well in earlier in his college career, including Economics and other business-related courses. Taking this year as a sabbatical off from academia and offering private tutoring, Foster is pleased to provide his experience both with the material information of Economics and with test-taking and memorization strategies that are useful in many academic fields. He desires motivated students who are serious about learning their material and doing as well as possible in their class. If that describes you, then he can help you with your Principles of Economics or similar course.


Study Skills

I have gained a lot of experience in gaining and applying study skills to various courses while earning my B.S. and M.A. degrees. In the past, I have helped students plan out their semesters and perform "maintenance" as necessary. This could include going to the right SI sessions, cutting back on extracurriculars, making a new plan for where, when and how to study, mnemonic tools for moving large amounts of information into the student's long-term memory, etc. I'm confident I can help you to master your courses and learn the skills that will help you through no matter what topic you may be studying.


Voice (Music)

I trained in the Orlando Deanery Boychoir at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke from age 8, and in the Baylor Chamber Singers Choir of Baylor University, TX. I currently am a cantor at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, FL. I am an excellent sight-reader and can work with students on improving their intonation and technique.


Violin

I began playing violin at age 3 and believe that early lessons are learned best. I administrated and played part-time in a string quartet for weddings in college and in two youth orchestras and a string quartet in high school. I teach beginning and intermediate violin. Although I myself was taught using the Suzuki method and I am influenced by Suzuki, I am aware of criticisms of the method and try to vary students' playing material from the standard Suzuki repertoire and teach plenty of music theory to students as their age allows them to understand.


Discrete Math

I have tutored number theory, combinatorics and other topics related to and part of discrete mathematics. I have a Mathematics Minor from Baylor University. I received an "A" in "Combinatorics and Number Theory" at my University, and I have experience using Matlab and Mathematica software systems to perform Discrete Math and symbolic logical operations.


Differential Equations

Differential equations is concerned with relating functions themselves to their derivatives of various orders, and is useful in the fields of electrical engineering, physics, economics and other quantitative modeling fields. In practice, the discipline is usually divided into Ordinary Diff EQ and Partial Diff EQ. ODE is dedicated to rehearsing the tool-belt of methods that can be used for finding solutions to ODEs, whereas PDE is usually concerned with modeling partial differential equations to various situations using tools like Wolfram Mathematica. I have experience with both fields and can offer assistance to those struggling and help them to direct their work in the most efficient manner possible.


MCAT

I am an entering medical school student at Nova Southeastern University, took a Princeton Review prep course. I have tutored other students for the exam. I earned a 31R on my own MCAT test.


Linear Algebra

I have studied linear algebra at the undergraduate level, earning an A in my class at Baylor University. We focused upon finding solutions and optimizations for systems of equations. We also proved theorems about these linear systems and applied many of the basic concepts related to logical proof and validity. Linear algebra permits one to consider linear systems in multiple variables both in terms of solving concrete systems and in terms of abstract questions such as whether systems are solvable in principle. I plan to teach the subject based on the student's own needs, tailoring my treatment to the needs of the student desiring true mastery and to those who desire to efficiently ace their particular math course.


Organic Chemistry

I completed 2 three hour lecture courses in the field as well as a four hour laboratory course, all at Baylor University in Waco, TX. I'm experienced in the subject and made high grades in each of these courses as a pre-med student. A great deal of the subject is memorization intensive, although understanding the basic physical story of what is happening can often help one to keep track of the different reactions in one's mind. My knowledge of organic chemistry also aided me in scoring a 31 on my MCAT exam (about a third of the questions in the Biological Sciences were organic chemistry-related), which in turn led to my acceptance into medical school. I look forward to working with the student on memorizing the necessary reactions and getting an intuitive sense of organic chemistry for his or her class(es).


Pharmacology

I took a pharmacology course while enrolled at university and did well, and I have volunteered many hours at hospital under experienced nurses putting many of the principles of this course into practice. I have been accepted to and will be enrolling in medical school in the fall. My combined experience in organic chemistry, biology in which I have a Master's Degree, and physical chemistry, as well as many hours of experience providing tutoring students in medical education allows me to help students struggling in this area through mnemonics, memory techniques and study aids to significantly improve their scores.


TEAS

I have taken the MCAT which is a more comprehensive test than the TEAS and have been accepted to medical school. I have also tutored pre-nursing students independently for their TEAS tests. I have experience tutoring the Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English and Math sections, and I can help you improve your score also.


Classics

I teach beginning and intermediate Latin and received my education from a classical school that taught Greek and Roman History, Latin and Introductory Greek. I try to teach classes according to the students' needs, encouraging them to think independently while providing them with the tools they need to succeed in their educational goals. Understanding the language and culture of our forebears helps us to know ourselves and gives us direction for our future.