I am a middle/high school math teacher and College Reading & Learning Association certified tutor with over 2,700 hours tutoring all levels of math from 6 through college. I am intimately familiar with many standardized tests and strategies to conquer them. I'm also certified to teach ESL. Above all else, I make learning fun! It's my goal that you leave feeling good about your subject. About Me: I am a certified CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) tutor who has been tutoring ... [more]
Algebra I is the fundamental basis for all higher math. If you don't have a strong foundation in Algebra I, you are likely to struggle as you progress through math courses. I am very skilled at working with students until they have a strong foundation in Algebra I skills. This is a subject I have spent copious amounts of time working with students on.
Algebra II is a continuation of Algebra I. It also forms the basis for Pre-Calculus and Advanced Functions and Modeling (AFM). This course is also a requirement for graduation in North Carolina for many students. Students who struggle with Algebra II often face increased challenges in higher math courses. I'm very familiar with the course material of Algebra II as well as how it relates to future math courses. Further, in my experience, students who have difficulties in Algebra II often lack a strong basis in Algebra I or Pre-Algebra. If that is the case, I work with students until they are comfortable with Algebra I/Pre-Algebra concepts while still addressing the immediate issues in the Algebra II class. This is done by targeting the Algebra I/Pre-Algebra concepts through the lens of the Algebra II subject matter. For students just needing a little more help in Algebra II, I work with them until they feel comfortable with their course material.
Precalculus is the gateway to Calculus I and future math courses. It is also typically the highest math course a high school student must complete for their degree. Precalculus is the culmination of Algebra I/II and Geometry. If a student does not have a strong foundation in these courses and their topics, it is very likely that they will struggle with Precalculus. In my experience, this is usually the case for most students who need help. For this reason, I typically address the issues with the underlying concepts while also working with the student in their current coursework.
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I began at Appalachian State as a psychology major. Before changing majors, I took courses in Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, careers in psychology, Behaviour Change, as well as general psychology. I scored a 5 on the AP Psychology test my senior year, which exempted me from general psychology. Psychology (particularly Abnormal Psych) has always been a fascination of mine, so I have amassed a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
I am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Photography. I have specific training in Adobe Photoshop and many hours working hands-on with image editing. I am a professional Photographer. I maintain a collection of portfolio images in Adobe Lightroom. I have taught several people how to use Adobe Photoshop for a variety of uses (such as photo editing and educational use - image editing for visually impaired students). I am to do 99% of my editing in-camera (reminiscent of the film days), but I use Lightroom for cataloging and minor retouching. I use Adobe Photoshop for compositing images for product advertisements or when the requested edits exceed the capabilities of Adobe Lightroom.
I have been a musician for well over 10 years now. I have taken several theory classes for music, during which time I lead the class review sessions and acted as a tutor for struggling students.
I know many students these days have not developed study skills, even by the time they reach high school or college. As a result, they often struggle when they finally meet a course where studying is required. This is something I had to learn the hard way. It wasn't until I attended the NC School of Science and Math that I finally had to study for a class. As a result, I have developed a number of study tips and tricks for most subjects that can cut studying time down drastically.
I have training in theatre production from costume design to sound production to makeup design and application to lighting to set building to diction for the stage. I have acted in several productions. I studied voice and singing for musical theatre and have an extensive knowledge of lighting techniques and the physics of lighting. I also worked on tech on various productions.
I have a degree in Technical Photography with training in video production from Appalachian State University. I also have proficiency in Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro. I wrote, directed, and filmed a stop-action short film.
I am a college counselor for my Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew. I have extensive experience proofreading essays and targeting them directly to the individual college. I can also help you narrow down your college choices and find the college that is right for you.
I am ADD/ADHD and so is my brother. I'm quite familiar with the condition and the struggles it imposes on students and how to overcome them. I have done extensive research on ADD/ADHD and have tutored a number of "special population" (as we refer to them at my place of employment) students, many of whom are ADD/ADHD.
I am an avid Mac and Apple user with a strong background in Macintosh software and products. I have taught several people how to use their Mac computers from initial setup to advanced functions and usage. I have also run tech support on Macintosh computers for the past 3 years. I am fully capable on Mac OSX versions Snow Leopard to current.
I ran tech support for PC's in a previous job. I have proficiency in many Microsoft Windows applications as well as setting up and customizing a PC. I am familiar with all Windows OS. I provide tech support for PC's on an as-needed basis for family and friends.
I spent an entire semester tutoring education major hopefuls, preparing them to take the Praxis Math test to gain entry into Appalachian State University's education program. I am familiar with the format of the Praxis as well as testing skills and strategies for successfully passing the Praxis tests.