# Math

## Basic and Elementary Math

Basic math is necessary for life to function! Sadly, the development of core math skills is frequently ignored or overlooked in many elementary schools and middle schools. I have helped hundreds of frustrated children and adults master addition, subtraction, division, multiplication tables, number operations, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percents. Applying these concepts to confidently solve basic, intermediate, and advanced word problems is another critical math skill that I teach. I try every method and “shortcut” until students really understand what they are learning and how to use this knowledge to help themselves outside of a classroom or test prep. Elementary math is the essential math that counts the most, so my aim is to make the process as simple, straightforward, and painless as possible.

## Arithmetic

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division form the cornerstone of arithmetic. However, many children and adults struggle in basic math because of poor arithmetic skills. I quickly pinpoint specific struggle spots and provide structured support so all students strengthen and improve their understanding of arithmetic operations. I share simpler methods and processes so they can easily find the right answers by themselves. I also explain how these important operations extend to successfully learning other concepts, including factoring, fractions, decimals, exponents, scientific notations, percents, ratios, proportions, and word problems.

## Algebra

Middle school, high school, college, university, and adult students have seen me for algebra tutoring for over 10 years. I can explain the fundamentals without a textbook, and I always offer simpler ways to understand difficult concepts and solve problems. As a tutor, I try to make algebra easier for everyone. Learning how to analyze math should be interesting and helpful, not a painful memory. Whether for school, work or test prep, students discover how far their mastery of algebra can take them in life.

## Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the level of math I’ve studied the longest and tutored the most. After our lessons, middle school and high school students have gained confidence in their math skills, mastered concepts, and improved their grades. I also have helped college and university students through their beginning algebra and introductory algebra courses so they could understand the material and be ready for upcoming exams. Adults have worked with me on algebra review for test prep. I focus on the essentials and the simplest methods to make algebra a meaningful stepping stone, not drudgery.

## Algebra 2

For high school students, algebra 2 is basically an upgrade of algebra 1 with harder word problems and more obscure concepts, and for college and university students, it is part of intermediate algebra courses. I have tutored high school students, college students, and university students in all algebra 2 concepts, including matrices, conic sections, binomial theorem, and series/sequences. I use mnemonics and other strategies to help them remember complex rules and patterns so they can easily solve related problems themselves.

## Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.

## Finite Math

In addition to 8 years of study, I have over 10 years of tutoring experience in finite math concepts. I’ve helped students of all ages master these concepts and understand their real life application: functions, basic statistics (including linear regression), inequalities and their use in economics, basic linear programming, quadratics and quadratic application, matrices (including Gauss-Jordan/Gaussian elimination), exponential growth and decay, properties of exponents and logarithms, business math (simple and compound interest, annuities, loans), probability, permutations, combinations and expected value. I use detailed examples and explanations to help students visualize the material and the steps they need to use to solve problems using each concept. I also enjoy showing them how valuable and important these concepts are across career fields in real life application.

## Geometry

I’ve had the opportunity to help many high school and middle school students with geometry: writing proofs, developing logic skills, memorizing important theorems and properties of geometric figures, and using basic algebra skills. I also prepare students for the numerous geometry concepts included in the SAT, ACT, ISEE and GRE math sections, so they can effectively apply their geometry skills to solve diverse problem sets. I am familiar with the geometry integrated with algebra in Math 1 and Math 2.

## Precalculus

Precalculus sounds intimidating, but it is actually algebra 3. I’ve tutored many high school students, college students, and university students in core concepts like functions, graphing functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to calculus. I also walk students through a complete algebra review if they need to refresh their knowledge or have difficult concepts re-explained. For those preparing for calculus, I show them its connection to precalculus and why it is so critical for them to really understand and remember these concepts. Another course I am familiar with is advanced math, which is precalculus with trigonometry.

## Trigonometry

While I have helped college students with trigonometry, I have tutored so many high school students in trigonometry, advanced math (precalculus with trigonometry), and Math 3. Since it relates to precalculus and calculus, students need to be able to recognize trigonometric identities and quickly formulate them for use in equations, graphs, proofs, and functions. I even have tips and tricks for memorizing the unit circle, converting radians and degrees, and finding special triangle measures. I aim for students to feel secure when dealing with these advanced concepts and confident in using them to solve problems.