Miss Theresa S. of Uncasville CT USA Tutor Profile
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Miss Theresa S.
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Hello. My name is Theresa and here is some informations about myself:
I have an AS degree in Mathematics from Mount San Jacinto College, CA and a BS degree in Mathematics from the UK. I also qualified as a high school math teacher(Post Graduate Certificate in Education)in the UK. I am a member of the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).
I believe that every individual has potential if taught by the right teacher for them: Thus, I have high expectations of all students I teach! I instill motivation and confidence in my students and expect them to become well disciplined. I am able to employ a variety of teaching and learning techniques so that I can determine which ones work best for individual students and I tailor lessons to suit them. I enjoy helping students develop cognitive skills: encourage students to investigate ideas and patterns (whenever possible)and understand fundamental concepts. I do not complete students' homework for them but will teach students the concepts they need in order to master the problems (we can look at a few different examples). I also emphasize the use of key mathematical terminology. I am also very patient and understanding. I always let students know that it's OK if they don't succeed at first and encourage students to ask questions (no question is stupid-no matter how stupid it seems to the student!).
I have seen many students complete mathematical questions incorrectly (but in interesting ways of course) - especially when answering questions on fractions, percentages, ratios and algebra - which stems from misconceptions present in students' thinking processes. Thus, my main aim is to address these misconceptions by allowing students to investigate why they are incorrect. Here are some common misconceptions that I've encountered when teaching students:
1) 1/x + 1/y = 2/(x + y). This is incorrect. How do you add fractions together?
2) (a + b)^2 = a^2 + b^2. Again this is incorrect. What does raising an expression to the power of 2 mean?
3) y^3 x y^4 = Y ^12. Incorrect!
4) 4x + 4x = 8x^2. Incorrect!
5) If [x + 2] = 8, then x = 6. This is not completely correct-only one of the solutions!
6) a^2 = 9, then a = 3. This is only one of the solutions.
7) log a + log b = log(a+b). This is incorrect! Try it on your calculator!
8) log(a/b) = log a/ log b. Again, this is incorrect! Try it on your calculator!
9) sin(a + b) = sin a + sin b. Again, this is incorrect!
10) 2^0 = 0. This is also incorrect. The student thinks that you can't raise anything to the power of 0.
11) -10 + 3 = -13. This isn't correct. The student misunderstands the concept of negative integers.
12) When graphing an equation like y=(x-3), using the graph of y =x, students tend to think that all points of y=x are shifted 3 places to the left because of the -3. This isn't correct!
13) When simplifying an expression like 9Pi/5, students will write the answer as 1 + 4/5Pi. This isn't correct. What does 9Pi mean? How can you rewrite 9 as a sum of two terms?
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I am available during the summer. I can tutor at your home or I can reduce my fee if you come to my home. Please also note that I charge a cancellation fee of $15 if you contact me within 24 hours of a scheduled lesson.
Here is wonderful feedback I received from a parent:
Check out the improvement in his grades- First Marking Period - 61.30 (D-) Second Marking Period - 56,50 (F+) and this Marking Period's grade is a 73.90 (C)!!!
We just wanted to say thank you for a great job. We understand that the work and practice is done by Nick, but he really, really likes you a lot and he enjoys the way you teach. He's very comfortable (not intimidated) and seems to really care to learn. Another thing we never thought we'd say!
Here's some more comments:
Thanks ever so much for your help today - it is much appreciated. I will be spending the weekend running through sin/cos/tan and the sine and cosine rule with some systems of equations thrown in for fun. Many thanks!
Thanks for the session you gave Grace this afternoon. She is so lucky to have such a diligent and amazingly competent tutor - you are a Star.
Thanks for reading my profile and I look forward to hearing from you.