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I am a graduate of Lamar University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. I also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. I worked eleven years in corporate business as a chemical engineer, until I chose to leave to pursue my passion which is education. For the last thirteen years, I have been teaching developmental math classes at the community college level. In addition, I have been tutoring students of all ages and levels.

I enjoy tutoring students, because you get to experience that light bulb moment with them. They realize that things aren't as complex as they were originally thinking. I emphasize showing the rules of math. So often students get confused on certain concepts because they have learned some type of shortcut in the past, which does not apply with all cases. However, if the students just know the rules, they can apply their knowledge with any given problem. The rules will never change; the only thing that changes are the numbers.

My tutoring work also helps me be a better classroom teacher, because by working one-on-one you learn where the misunderstandings may be with a particular concept.

Pat’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lamar University - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering

Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Masters, Finance


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Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACT Math


Algebra 2


College Algebra

Developmental Algebra

Elementary Math

GED Prep

GED Math

Intermediate Algebra

College Math


Middle School Math


SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

When it comes to math, I emphasize the rules. So many students are just taught the tricks and the shortcuts, and they don't understand the basic rules of math. Once they know the rules, they can then apply them to any problem. The only thing that changes is the type of numbers presented.

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

I ask to see all of their previous tests or homework assignments, so I can see what types of mistakes they are making.