I am friendly, patient, and easy-going. I take sessions at a relaxed and comfortable pace so students don't feel nervous and pressured. I joke around a little bit and get to know students and build a bit of a relationship before just jumping in and getting more serious about the subject material. But there's plenty of time to get things done. If you watch me closely during our sessions, you can see me secretly paying keen attention to you and how you learn best. For example, you might say, "It LOOKS like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! LOOKS. Maybe you're a visual learner.
On the other hand, you might say, "It SOUNDS like they want me to factor here." And I'll think, "Aha! SOUNDS. Maybe you're an auditory learner and like to hear things explained clearly and specifically. Or maybe you'll say, "I FEEL like they want me to factor here" (as you tap the problem with your pencil). And I'll think, "Aha! FEEL. Maybe you need to just jump in and work a problem or two with me step-by-step and discover the PATTERN of what's going on and pick up the FEEL of it.
See, I understand. Listen, I understand. If you feel what I'm saying, I get it. I know how to get the point across based on how you learn. I understand what it feels like not to understand a subject very well. In fact, I wasn't good at math in high school. It wasn't until college that I got a really outstanding teacher who knew how to teach so that everyone who went to class and did their homework (like they should) understood…and from then on, math was easy for me. And now things are about to get easier for you, too. When a tutor first meets a student, the tutor has to estimate the student's background knowledge of a subject.
Don't worry. I will very quickly have a feel for what you know and what you don't…and what you urgently need to know. Bring everything to your first session so I can get a snapshot or a feel for how your instructor determines your grades: textbook, laptop computer, and notebook (notes, homework, QUIZZES and TESTS especially, labs, and projects), and materials you ordinarily need (calculator, ruler, protractor, compass, colored pencils).
I am currently employed by a college in Roanoke, Virginia as a tutor of mathematics, chemistry, and computer science and tutor elementary school, middle school, high school, college students, and others professionally. For the last 23 years, it has been so fulfilling working for three colleges and tutoring independently over 1,000 students of all ages in all areas of math and computer science, as well as college writing, adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). I have a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science and am internationally-certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. I love tutoring more every year I do it.
Virginia Western Community College
Tutor beginning and advanced mathematics and chemistry, study skills, metacognitive learning methods
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Tutored algebra, statistics, writing, study skills
Fitchburg State University
Tutored mathematics of all levels, writing, study skills, critical reading skills, notetaking methods
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Tutor mathematics of all levels, writing, study skills, critical reading skills, notetaking methods, metacognitive learning methods
Virginia Western Community College
A.A.S., Information Systems Technology, May 2014
Required coursework for major GPA: 4.0
Overall GPA: 3.1
Fitchburg State University
B.S., Computer Science & Mathematics, May 2006
Magna cum laude
College Reading and Learning Association
Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities
Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
The Origins and Roots of Modern Mathematical Terms: An Etymological Survey
Presentation explored the Greek, Latin, and Indo-European etymons (Greek: true origins) of various modern English mathematical terms, with a smattering of history paralleling the linguistic developments.
I have known Mike Adams for over 4 years, first as a fellow classmate in a business class at Virginia Western and then as a friend. He is an active tutor at my local college, focusing on math and writing. Mike's excellent teaching strategies have made several students successful in their courses including ones I have been in. He also has spent time mentoring new students and prospective leaders to see their true potential not just academically but professionally and spiritually as well. Mike has done extensive computer work. He has designed and built computers, installed replacement components, configured networks and many other services. He is also adept at troubleshooting various software problems. I believe Mike's skills fit superbly well in what is expected of a tutor.
Mike and I crossed paths one weekend. We talked about ourselves and I mentioned I wanted to go back to school. College was something I feared. Mike supported me with his wisdom of school. With his encouragement and many blessings I will be going to college full-time in the fall of 2018. He also told me that he was willing to support me along this journey the best he could. Mike is a good man and friend who truly cares about others. His selfless drive to help others succeed is what will help him succeed and accomplish his goals, dreams and aspirations. Thanks again, Mike.
Mike's trustworthiness as a tutor can be best described by the level of accountability he exudes for his students. During the time I was tutored by him, Mike took extra time to understand my learning habits and helped me develop specific strategies that enhanced my learning of the course I was taking. Mike helped me understand that different academic subjects require different learning approaches be taken to achieve success. Mike revealed learning techniques that helped me adapt to the demands of the course I was taking. I could always depend on him to be extremely flexible with the time he spent helping me. I could always count on Mike to respond to phone calls as well as emails in a very timely manner. Students will find they can trust Mike to take the time to understand exactly what they need and teach them how to apply personalized learning strategies that lead to academic success.
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