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Bill

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I am a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a bachelor of science in mathematics. I have ten years of high school math teaching experience and also have tutored for many years. I enjoy helping students reach their fullest potential and I have an affinity for mathematics. I developed curriculum for improving math literacy to assist students in passing the 10th grade state assessment test. I am currently working for an airline and enjoy traveling especially going to see family and friends. I look forward to helping students grasp the concepts they are struggling with and celebrating their success.

Bill’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oral Roberts University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

Hobbies

Camping, boating, spending time with family, traveling, woodworking, doing yard work

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Elementary School Math

Geometry

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I break down the concept the student is having difficulty with until we find understanding, and then I build on that foundation until they master the skill.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I evaluate their strengths and areas of need ,and develop a lesson to help them master the concept, as well as to give a general review. I would demonstrate sample problems and then guide them through problems until they can complete them on their own.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To encourage and celebrate each success and teach them strategies for problem solving. Show them the benefit of reading their math book and working through the sample problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By starting with easy problems and making sure they are they grasping the concept before moving on to another topic. I would encourage and be a cheerleader as they improve.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to explain the concept in another way until they understood. I would ask questions to determine why the student is having difficulty and modify my instruction until they gain understanding.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

To look at the first and last sentence of a paragraph and look for clue words.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

To instruct, to show them, to assist them, and finally to have them do it alone.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By starting with easy problems and areas they already understand. Then, building on that foundation until they gain confidence.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Questioning and sample problem solving to see if they answer correctly.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Start with the basics and find out what they know about the subject, and build on that until they show they have mastered it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask them to do sample problems, and I would use questioning techniques to see what they are not understanding.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I would differentiate my instruction based on the individual's learning style and needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

It depends on the individual and the skill/concept being taught. Manipulatives and real-world examples can be used as needed.