When I first meet a new student, I go over several ground rules which are designed to allow free communication between the two of us. Examples include: "If I go too fast, let me know; if I go too slow, let me know. If you have a question, go ahead and interrupt me."
Over the years of one -on-one tutoring, I do my best to find out the student's learning style. This may take a couple of lessons to make that determination. Then I use that in all future lessons.
Then I do my best to make our lessons as much fun as possible. Why? Because I learned students learn easier and fast in a more relaxed session.
I taught other engineers during my 25-year career. During that time, l also taught three one- and two-day adult short courses, both nationally and internationally. I taught high school for nine years and have tutored for nine years to over 1000 students.
Several of my high school students now work in a variety of positions here in Austin. One attended the Air Force Academy and now flies jet planes; and another joined West Point and is now an Army Ranger.
Charge for travel outside my designated area may be required.
TUTORING and TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Private Tutor: 2010-present
• 4th Grade through post-graduate students in math • High school students in ACT, SAT, and ASVAB.
• Adults in writing, editing, and other subjects
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy: 2001-2010
• Taught: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 2, Pre-AP Algebra 2, and AP Statistics Philosphy
I have found that each student, regardless of age (middle school, high school or even post-secondary) is a unique person who has their own learning style. The key to successful learning via tutoring is to identify that style and use it motivate the student to gain knowledge.
There are two major components to my teaching style: whenever possible:
1. provide more than one way to solve a problem; and
2. use real-world examples to make visual connections to math problems
Process Engineer in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry: 1976 - 2001
• Taught semiconductor engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, and operators in a variety of subjects related to ion implantation technology.
• Created and taught three adult short courses to students all over the US, as well as Taiwan, England, and Sweden
• Taught courses on electronics technology at a business college. Developed and taught a laboratory to supplement these courses. All of my students graduated with an associates degree in Electronic Technology.
• M. A. (Developmental & Adult Education), Texas State University at San Marcos. Graduated Summa Cum Laude (2008)
• Texas 8-12 Mathematics Teaching Certificate (2005–2016)
• BSEE, University of Texas at Austin
• B.A. (Mathematics), University of Texas at Austin
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