Growing up, math was a challenge for me, as extracurricular activities interfered with my studies. I struggled with understanding the same concepts your student now finds difficult. That experience often eludes the best teachers, but it’s great training for a math tutor. I'm a Cal Berkeley math graduate with career experience at Hewlett-Packard, Cap Gemini, and elsewhere in high-tech consulting. When my sons were in high school, some of the local moms asked me to tutor their kids who needed help with math. I really enjoyed it, and so I retired to tutor math students full-time.
Most of my students are from the San Ramon / Danville area. I work with math challenged as well as gifted students, tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. I offer math preparation for college board exams, SAT and ACT, as well as for the math sections of exams for pharmacists, contractors, and other professionals. I love working with gifted students as well as those who have anxiety about math, or have other difficulties.
Tutoring is a collaboration. If a student is willing to solve problems beyond those assigned by their teacher, a good outcome is more likely; but no tutor can help if a student is unwilling to commit to the time and effort required. I have had great success exciting students about math, and inspiring and motivating them to achieve remarkable results.
In math, the answer is either right or wrong. Math is formal, precise, and requires attention to detail. Directed study and explanation instills insight. Improvement is achieved by a focused review of knowledge gaps. Understanding math problem types and levels is critical to identifying core weaknesses in knowledge and comprehension. Study models are personalized for each student to improve readiness for testing. I teach elementary & middle school students well beyond Common Core proficiency levels.
I typically teach at local coffeehouses in the downtown Danville or Blackhawk area. Due to Covid-19 distancing, I now tutor all students via Skype, and this works well in most cases. Currently, sessions are available most days after school hours. Tutoring is $60 per hour. (Missed or cancelled classes are charged unless 8 hours prior notice is given).
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