Often I encounter students who have, what I call math phobia. Therefore, my first step is to build up confidence. I tell them that are not going to see something that they have not learned, and to repeat to themselves, "I know what I know, and I know it well" Then it is similar to a game, and you have to solve the puzzles. Ask yourself what in your repertoire you can use to attack and solve the problem being asked.
I approach each concept in Math by showing how it is related to the previous concept and, when I can, it's practical/applied use. I model approaching and solving the problem. Then I have the student attempt the problem with my guidance. The student continues to due problems until he can master the concept by himself.
I am a Cornell Engineering graduate, and I live in Galveston. If you need extra help in Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry or Physics, I can help. Education is my second career, as a way of "giving back". Therefore my rates are very reasonable. My strength in teaching is in how I make complicated things easy to understand. Below is a bit about my credentials. I can be reached at (concealed information)
In the early 1980's, there was an engineering slump, and I decided to enter the teaching profession for a short time by working for Houston Community College. However, they gave me a challenge which I could not resist. They needed someone to start a new Technical Math & Physics program, teaching with real world applications for students earning technical degrees. I developed a new Math & Physics program containing nine different courses. My duties included managing the program --- establishing course contents, choosing textbooks, hiring & supervising instructors, and publicizing the new program. I also created entrance exams, designed for student assessment for correct placement into the Math classes. It was there that I realized teaching came naturally for me and it was my true calling.
Later, after raising a family, I wanted to reach younger minds. That is when I discovered I was required to get a Texas State Teaching License to teach at the public schools. In 2008, I received my certification in Mathematics, grades 8 - 12, and then taught at La Marque High School for 3 years. This past year, three days a week, I was a Pull-Out Math Teacher at a middle school. I took small groups of struggling students, and tried to fill their gaps in learning, with the goal of successfully passing their standardized tests. The other two days, I did the same at a charter high school. Over the past 3 years, I have also tutored students one-on-one, in the following subjects: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. My strength lies in making complex concepts seem simple. Again I truly enjoy seeing a students face light up when he/she finally "gets it"
Shortly after I was born, my family was thrown out of Cairo, Egypt because the new Arab government in power no longer wanted Jews in the country. We came to America and had to start from scratch. My Mom instilled in me the belief that there is good and bad in every race and religion, and to take one person at a time as a creation of God. Financially, we were poor, but thanks to my self-sacrificing mother, very rich in love. We are still close, rooting for each other to this day.
Education was stressed from the start. I was taught, “They could take everything from you, but not what you have upstairs in your head.” Therefore, there was no questioning my parents; going to college was a must, no matter what we had to do without. In middle school, when I started learning about atoms, my world turned around. I began learning for the love of learning, and couldn't get enough of the miracles of the universe and the miracles of our body. My supportive sister saw my report card in ninth grade, and encouraged me by stating I could be in the “top ten”, then explaining what that was. I went on to become valedictorian of my high school, with a full-tuition scholarship to Cornell University's School of Engineering. However, I had to work and take out student loans for books, room and board, etc.
In Senior year, Procter and Gamble recruited me directly on campus to work for them. Everything was going my way, but my mother and two younger brothers remaining in Brooklyn, NY were not faring as well. Brooklyn was changing for the worse. I don't know what came over me except family love. I didn't think about the logistics, and blurted out, “Mom, even if you can't find a job, I'll be making more money than a single girl needs. Why don't you an
Sometimes I wished we had better things, but one of my mother's favorite expressions was, “There's always better, and there's always worse.” As siblings, we were taught to support one another and be happy, not jealous of each others' sucd my brothers come with me?” For eight years I was the “bread winner”, and supported my family. I enjoyed feeling needed, and that is still a great motivator, which the profession of teaching reinforces. My youngest brother, would say he wanted to become an engineer just like his sister. He eventually did.
Later, Brown and Root moved me to Houston. When there was an engineering slump, I thought I would try teaching temporarily at Houston Community College. They gave me a challenge which I couldn't resist, and remained 4 ½ years.
Presently I am retired, but love teaching, and see a student's face light up when he/she 'get's it"
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