Location: Clarksville TN USA

Tutoring and Homework Help

Expertise: Math
Subjects: Algebra, Basic Math, Calculus, Geometry, Middle School Math, Trigonometry

Sarah B. of Clarksville TN USA Tutor Profile

Tutor Personal Information

Name: Sarah B.
Gender: Female   Age: 18-21
Tutoring Style and/or Experience

I believe there are two basic principles in effective tutoring: REPETITION and COMPREHENSION. I am currently tutoring a middle school girl in Algebra I. Today I tested her on the concept of the point-slope equation, and she was unable to accurately complete the problem. Therefore, I first showed her the derivation of the point-slope equation and WHY IT MADE SENSE by first asking her to show me how SHE finds the slope of a line on a graph and then turning that strategy into the slope formula and then manipulating that final formula to get the point-slope equation. After that I asked her to reiterate the formula to me 10 times out loud. Then throughout the tutoring session I randomly asked her what the formula was. It was a tad silly but I firmly believe that this is the most effective way of learning. A student can never memorize an infinite amount of facts, but if they UNDERSTAND WHY the fact is so, they won't need to memorize. They will merely have to use LOGIC to succeed academically. If they continually repeat the same thing over and over again, this learned concept becomes as simple as a habit and is FULLY learned. Even a year later, that student will KNOW the concept. As seriously as I take learning and academics, I never fail to make my students laugh at least once during a tutoring session. I have experience from tutoring for two summers. Furthermore, for three years of my high school career I was in charge of after-school help sessions. My senior year of high school my teacher asked me to teach a group of 5 students in the A.P. Latin Class because he needed to work with the slower students. I had no help from my teacher and every one of these students passed that A.P. Latin exam. In Latin and other classical studies I have won 11 championships on the national level. I graduated as the valedictorian from my high school and went on to attend Vanderbilt University on a full scholarship. With a 3.96 GPA, I have made the Dean's List both semesters of my freshman year and will continue on as a sophomore in the fall to declare a dual major in chemistry and classical studies. I am young, but I have always taken learning and academics seriously without the goading of my parents. I believe my youth would be especially useful to older middle school students and high school students because I have recently experienced the stress of high school courses, leading after school activities, volunteer opportunities, A.P. exams, and the SATs. In other words, I KNOW extremely well HOW to get into college and WHAT colleges want. I possess both the insight of a guidance counselor and a teacher. I can tutor virtually any subject, with Latin, mathematics, science, and writing being my strongest areas. I would love to tutor students in SAT and ACT preparation because I think it is difficult for younger high school students to realize the importance of such tests and just how simple these tests can be with the right amount of preparation. My high school experience was absolutely stressful. I felt like I had no one to rely on for guidance or help and I would really like to alleviate the grim side of the high school experience for any student out there. I've helped the younger students in my own high school run clubs, study for academic competitions, write their graduation speeches, and find a college to apply to. I spend hours assisting incoming freshmen at Vanderbilt finding the best professors and taking the best classes at the right time. I take school very seriously, perhaps too seriously for anyone my age, and I KNOW I can do something constructive for anyone who needs or wants a helping hand to succeed in the academic world.

Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability

Grades Tutored: Pre-K / Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High School, High School
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Contract Availability: Short-Term Tutoring Commitments.
Tutoring Rates: $20.00 to $30.00
Sliding Scale: This tutor offers a sliding scale for students with economic hardships.

Tutor Background

Time Spent Tutoring: 1-2 years
Students Tutored: Less than 10
Special/Focus Groups:
Educational Level: HS-Diploma
School: Northeast High School
Teacher Certification: No