“The foundation our students receive today will define tomorrow.”
Dr. George “the old country doctor for tutoring”
Well known for providing outstanding one-on-one tutoring for high school and middle school students, Grades 7-12. Private instruction for students who either need to catch up, improve grades, or excel beyond their curriculum.
In light of the large number of colleges and universities that are going test optional, good grades at school are more important than ever. My now famous quote above (forgive me) rings even more loudly. This is the premise I have always worked with, and most of my students study with me for years, well prepared and ready for the challenges and wonderful experiences of college.
- Teach the material in the way each individual student learns best.
- Detailed decomposition of and clear solutions to problems.
- Develop real problem solving skills, no memorization.
- Augment the material with missing fundamentals and further knowledge.
- Correctly build or rebuild foundations and craft proper understanding.
- Improve study habits, test taking abilities, and organizational skills.
- Build self-esteem and confidence.
Keep in mind that an equation, fact, or method that is merely memorized will easily be forgotten. A student who does well by just memorizing or following fixed procedures will later find themselves with a serious disadvantage. I emphasize proper comprehension and the ability to creatively and effectively use knowledge. This is the intent of school exams, standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, and college success. Remember, the goal is not just to get into the college of choice, but also to succeed there!
Also, whether studying math or science with me (my degrees span math, chemistry, physics, and biology), or pursuing other academic subjects, the writings of Quintilian (ancient Rome) on education are insightful and relevant for parents and students. Consider this short excerpt required reading.
Results matter and the most important validation is what parents and students have to say, so please take a moment to read the constantly growing list of hundreds of detailed parent and student testimonials with prominent named confirmations. Reading through these reviews will be more informative than anything I could write on this web site.
“During my sophomore year in high school, before I began tutoring with George, I worried constantly about the effect my math grade would have on my grade point average. George started teaching me during the beginning of my junior year, and now, having graduated from high school, I can look back and say that George’s superb skills as a tutor led me from getting B’s in Algebra II to A’s in BC Calculus. Thanks to George, math stopped being a constant source of worry for me and became a course that helped me maintain my GPA. I studied under George for two years, and my attitude towards mathematics changed immensely during that time. George’s patience and creativity make him an ideal tutor for both struggling students and those who wish to broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts.” (770 SAT Math, 770 SAT Math IIC)
Practice problems in blue appear throughout my website and change periodically. Topics and difficulties vary. Have your children try them.
Find all three different cube roots of 8 (hint, think complex numbers). This problem looks simple, but it’s not. If you think it’s trivial, then have a peak at the solution, you may be surprised.