Harmon was raised in Palos Verdes and attended Palos Verdes High School. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He always had an easier time with math than most of his friends growing up, but seeing how other people struggled is what attracted him to tutoring. He tutored as a volunteer sporadically through the end of high school and college. After that Harmon tutored math at Mathnasium and recently tutored at Study Hut, where he mainly tutored math but also assisted students in general education physics, English, and middle school history. He has tutored kids from seventh grade through twelfth as well as college students. Harmon specializes in tutoring Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-calculus, Regular and AP calculus, Statistics, Calculus 3, and Linear Algebra. To Harmon, an important part of successfully tutoring a student is being patient with them and understanding where they might be struggling. Harmon tries to build connection with his students by relating the material to everyday life and using humor to make students feel more at ease with math. Through his experience, he has been able to build math self confidence and lessen test/math anxiety.
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Stephen has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Cruz and is a credentialed math teacher. He is currently available for online tutoring and has experience tutoring 8th grade Math, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus, as well as prepping students for the SAT in Math and Reading. With 10 years of experience writing and editing test prep books for educational publishers, he can assist in standardized test prep as well as everyday homework and tests.Stephen enjoys helping students to develop confidence through patience, diligence and encouragement. This involves understanding what is holding the student back, and developing a game plan to improve skills. Stephen takes an individual approach that could include creating flashcards, drilling concepts with test questions, helping students apply their knowledge to solve word problems and going over concepts step-by-step.
So many students struggle with math, especially Common Core style! Whether your child didn’t get a firm grasp on last year’s math concepts due to Covid-19 or just wants to get a great start for the new school year, Beach Cities Tutoring is offering summer math review or preview sessions for all levels of math Kindergarten-5th as well as Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Integrated Math I, II, and III, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, Statistics, Business Calculus, Financial Literacy/ Consumer Math, AP Calculus and other college level math. We can provide materials or if you have your own that works too. We will individualize curriculum and use different strategies that are most beneficial for the individual student. Tutoring can take place in your home, backyard or online. You get to choose how often and when you meet. Our contract does NOT lock you into a certain amount of months or sessions. Having a strong math foundation will not only help your child in future math and science classes but also in life.
Private tutors not only help students academically, they also serve as a consistent mentor who can support students to stay focused and on task. Does your child have trouble sitting down, being attentive, and getting work done? There is only so much zoom a child/teen can handle. It is not a replacement for human interaction. Tutoring can also help provide some structure to a student’s school day. Private tutors can teach important study skills such as keeping a homework planner or online calendar. They can help with binder or google drive organization and turning in assignments. They can also help with goal setting and time management. These are important skills not only for school but for life.
Additionally, tutors can also help to motivate and energize students. If they build the right connection they can make learning fun and even make the child look forward to their tutoring sessions. Finally, tutors can reach out to children’s teachers and work as a team. Many parents are trying to work full time jobs while also being the homeschool teacher, nurse, and counselor. Private tutoring can ease the burden and allow for the family to have more fun learning time together that can include taking virtual field trips, reading, or going on a nature walk.
Many parents often think of tutoring only for students who are struggling. Private tutoring can help students who need extra support in remediation and academic core content, but it can also help students who need more challenging work. Do you find your child is done with all their homework by 1pm and playing video games the rest of the day? Depending on the school and your child’s pace of learning, many students can benefit from supplemental instruction that goes beyond the grade level curriculum. This enrichment could be in the form of creative passion projects, science labs, computer science coding classes, higher level math problem solving, essay or screenwriting classes, or even financial literacy content. For students who are struggling, tutors can revisit and reteach content, provide additional practice review problems, help students study for tests, and guide them through school packets.
For parents that do have reservations about in person tutoring, online tutoring through zoom offers a great alternative where the student and tutor can see each other through a screen while simultaneously using screen sharing and annotating tools to make the sessions very interactive. Some students even enjoy this more and it is definitely the safest method for now.
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We have received several requests for tutors who specialize in Eureka math and we do have several tutors that have a lot of Eureka math tutoring experience.
Although technology can assist with homeschooling and provide supplemental instruction, it cannot replace one on one in person mentoring/tutoring. Hybrid homeschooling where students attend school a couple of days a week and are homeschooled the remaining days can be a burden on parents who work. Students are often asked to do more project based learning which can be time consuming and difficult for students who have ADHD or poor time management skills. Tutors can help break down projects and help students create a detailed plan. Common Core math concepts can also present many challenges for students. Tutors can coach students by helping to teach problem solving strategies and build their self esteem. Students who also need additional help with the writing process can receive support with brainstorming, prewriting, organization and editing. Many students struggle with even getting started on writing assignments and homeschooling can present challenges for students who need consistent guidance and checking in. Overall, hybrid homeschooling can help students to become more independent but for students who need a little more structure, tutoring for an hour or two a day can set students up for success for the rest of their homeschool day.
Homeschooling and isolation can present many challenges to children and teens. In addition to struggling with academics, it is important to also pay attention to your child’s mental health. Online or private tutoring can help provide students with a mentor that they can bond with and get extra one on one help to lessen the frustration of learning completely independently. In addition, tutors can help improve a student’s self esteem who may be struggling with online learning.
Beach Cities Tutoring also have credentialed and other experienced professionals that know how to work with students with special needs. If your child has an IEP, we can work to provide the necessary accommodations. Tutors can break down the material and give students additional tools to problem solve. They can also monitor student progress and bring additional resources if needed.
Making sure your child includes some exercise and possibly yoga/meditation during the homeschool day is important to prevent depression. Writing in a journal is another great way for students to get out their feelings of anxiety during this challenging time. Additionally, instrumental music is another way to engage and motivate students who are used to a nosier environment and are suddenly stuck during their work in silence. If your child seems to be struggling with anxiety or depression, there are online support groups for children and teens. It is best to familiarize yourself with the signs that depression does not further progress.
Beach Cities Tutoring is now offering discounted online (skype/facetime) tutoring. The spring semester is often the most difficult for the majority of students and with AP tests coming up as well as College Board Tests, Beach Cities Tutoring is offering online sessions in addition to in person one on one tutoring. Please inquire for more information. Online tutoring sessions are still tailored to the individual student. Tutors will still focus on answering specific questions, tackling study skills, helping with essay writing, breaking down ways to solve problems, and most importantly making studying and homework as fun as it can be.
Just because its summer doesn?t mean that your kids should not practice math. In fact, in order to retain their skills from the previous year they should continue to do weekly practice. Here are some great sites that offer math practice. I highly recommend Tenmarks as I used it this year with my class.
1. Tenmarks.com- This program offers a diagnostic assessment and also allows the parent to hand pick specific standards/concepts to work on. In addition, the program offers video lessons and hints for each problem. As your child completes the exercises you can monitor their progress and choose more exercises in their areas of weakness. This program usually costs $39.95 but it is free for the summer.
2. Leap Ahead- This program is geared for students entering grades 3 to 9. It provides 4 assignments per week for a total of 8 weeks. It includes interactive worksheets that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and students can find their mistakes and scores right away. Leap Ahead also offers an online report to track progress and scores and a printable certificate upon completion of the program. The cost is $24.95 for the first child and $19.95 for additional siblings.
3. Math.com-This site is organized by math subject and then by topic. It includes all levels of math from basic math to Algebra to Geometry and even Calculus. I really liked it as it as every topic is defined in simple terms, in more specific terms, with examples and then finally the student can practice the concept. This site also includes unit quizzes, games, and calculators. This site is more self directed so if you have a son or daughter who is self motivated, this site is an excellent source.
4. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics- This website offers a variety of math games as well as paper based games to improve students? math skills over the summer. These games are free.
5. Homeschool Math- This site is geared for homeschooling; however, it is a great summer resources for all grade levels including high school math. It includes free math worksheets, lessons, online math games, ebooks, reviews and more. The resources focus on students? understanding of concepts rather than rote memorization.