I have been around instructors for my entire life. My mother was a general tutor for the neighborhood and I helped her when our small apartment was stuffed with children and textbooks, writing, reading and aiding them with math after my own homework was done. Much later, I found a paying job at a small tutoring center. There, I mainly tutored physics and, tutoring many students working on the same subject, I was able to teach the same concepts over and over. As a result, the explanations were... [more]
I have explained these concepts many, many times not just for other math courses but for the sciences also.
The topics covered in this course range from factoring to probability to conics. It requires some mental stamina to keep it all in perspective. But the techniques in this course are essential for more advanced science and math courses. Because I also teach the more advanced subjects I can help develop and keep these skills for future purposes.
Biological systems lend themselves to analogies in the real world. That's why the concepts are usually not the place where students get stuck. The sheer volume of information that you need to know is a factor. It can be intimidating and relating one fact to another can cause major headaches. Memory devices, analogies and practice problems. They helped me through four years of increasingly detailed studies in topics like neurolinguistics and developmental psychology. I've seen students learn and use the same techniques successfully. I believe they'll work for you too.
Calculus presents a lot of abstract ideas and the logic needed to do things like evaluating limits, improper integrals and divergence vs convergence is difficult to follow; textbooks and lectures sometimes skip steps when explaining these ideas. I have done a lot of calculus over the years and have years of experience leading others through these ideas.
Chemistry problems can be solved with some basic algebra and elementary arithmetic. So, why does it feel like the questions were asked in a foreign language? Stop and breathe. What is the topic of the question? Ideal gas law? Chemical kinetics? Orbital theory? A simple consideration like that can be a catalyst to pull you towards the answer. Let's go back to the basics. Unit conversion. Visualization. Substitution and playing with equations. These skills will translate to sciences like physics and biochemistry later.
I can help organize the information, guide students through numerous examples and suggest extra exercises. I've helped students succeed through accelerated summer programs with these methods. I also highlight topics particularly important to the SAT math section.
I have tutored high school students for both physics and AP physics. Fortunately, I was able to help students over their complete physics course. I have seen individuals breeze through force diagrams to later struggle with momentum and collisions. Others have demonstrated similar patterns. It's a tricky and sometimes counter intuitive study. I teach physics largely through pictures. Write down your knowns and unknowns; initial and final conditions. Usually, a tricky word problem is just that: a problem with the wording. A simple sketch can be the difference between frustration and understanding.
Most of precalculus takes the algebra 2 topics and adds more detail. The mathematical reasoning becomes more rigorous as topics like limits and trigonometry is explored. I have helped failing students pass the class with only three or four months left of the school year and I have also aided students from the beginning of the subject to its end. I know the problem chapters and have had ample experience explaining these ideas.
You've probably heard by now. Writing is important. Unfortunately, it also isn't very natural. I had particular trouble with the subject and as a result, attended many office hours during college to improve. I now do it regularly for business and pleasure. I have helped students write for many different functions including business briefs, project proposals, letters and essays. I won't dictate a stream of sentences for you to write. I won't go on about grammar and style. I will tell you how to identify arguments and judge their strengths. I will tell you how to edit and edit some more. Hopefully, it'll become something to be cultivated rather than dreaded.
I took a particular interest in literature and writing during college when I received a sub par grade on my first college essay. After entire quarters of attending office hours I was finally able to write effectively and as a bonus, appreciated literature more deeply. I ended up minoring in French Literature.
I can help your student set a goal, practice test-taking techniques and strategies. They will need to take full practice tests between sessions for the techniques to imprint.
I was always skeptical towards test questions about an author's tone or intent. Worst were those that forced me to predict with what the author would likely agree. But the clues are all there in the choice of words and structure of sentences. Once I was able to understand it, I appreciated literature much more. I even went back and reread some of the classics later. I now admit to being a bookworm. I can't promise that you'll become a bibliophile, but I do hope to help you comprehend through close reading, historical referencing and biographical research.
I have extensive experience with professional English. I designed courses to teach business English to professionals, conversational English to Nurses and doctors and even helped a medical student study for her exam for a foreign university. The TOEFL, like any standardized test, is about test taking as well as English proficiency. I can help with both.
It's a deceptively simple term to describe such a complicated issue. People learn in different ways and the skills are ultimately personalized habits that work, consistently, from subject to subject and test to test. Personally, I work best with mnemonics, pictures and experimentation. For others, splitting notes into different colors or standing to solve a problem works or talking themselves through each concept. It's important to find what works, make it a habit and then refine it for greater success. After college, I completed a teaching English as a foreign language program at UCI, and spent some time teaching English in Japan.