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.
We know that parents have limited safe options with COVID, and we have many summer programs including math previews, Book clubs, screenwriting, computer coding, writing workshops, test prep, Launchpad reading camp, Spanish tutoring and more. Our tutors and teachers are super qualified, and there is no registration fee or minimum amount of hours/months that you need to sign up for. We also have programs for students with special needs.
If you do need any support at all this summer or fall, Beach Cities Tutoring can provide credentialed teachers as well as very experienced tutors who are not credentialed teachers to do private in home tutoring or ONLINE. We also do group tutoring if you would want to hire one for a group of families.
If want any more information, please feel free to reach out to Ivie at (310) 210-4415 or visit our website at http://www.beachcitiestutoring.com. We are locally owned and operated. We have been serving Manhattan Beach families for the last 7 years and are on Yelp and Google Reviews. Hope you have a smooth week ahead! I have taught special ed for the last 17 years and am personally looking forward to getting back to regular school as well!
Ivie and the Beach Cities Tutoring Team
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.
Students may no longer be able to get away with 3 years of math and an easy senior year. ?The CSU system approved a resolution this spring changing the current requirement of 3 years of math to 4 years for incoming freshman.
It is recommended that the 4th year may include a course in mathematical reasoning such as statistics, computer science or coding, which helps students create computer software.
CSU figures point to the need for more rigorous math requirements. ?Last fall 27% of freshman,?or 17,653 students, needed remedial or ?developmental? courses in mathematics. Almost the same number had not taken a fourth year of high school math.
The UC system is also looking at changing their math requirements to 4 years but since most of their applicants already take 4 years, the issue is not as urgent.
We already have a high demand for math tutoring in elementary and middle school with our current system, so as more emphasis is put on math and Common Core Math, we will be expanding as far hiring even more highly qualified math tutors who can help students excel in math.
Wondering what jobs will be the fastest growing in the US by 2020?? If you guessed jobs in computer science, you are correct! These jobs are growing two times as fast as the national average for job growth. By 2020, there will be 14 million jobs but only 400,000 computer science students. So how can you get your kids involved in coding at an early age? Participate in ?Hour of the Code.? Seek computer science tutoring. Build confidence in girls in math and science as in 2013, only 19% of girls took the computer science AP exam. When it comes to choosing a college major only .03% of girl select computer science. Also, ask your high school counselors what the prerequisites are for Computer Science AP. Even some middle schools offer classes in coding? Culver City Middle School? Go PanthersJ!
Below are some great resources to help your kids with coding at home!
Hour of Code and Beyond at http://www.code.org
CSUunplugged at http://csunplugged.org/
15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to code
Teaching Kids to Code, an EdSurge guide
Harvard?s Scratch Curriculum Guide
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.
A common practice these days is not to return students? math tests nor allow students to take the tests home. This prevents students from studying areas in which they are weak and does not allow the tutor or parent to help the student to correct and understand their errors.
Perhaps this comes from teacher laziness because by not letting students take their tests and sometimes quizzes home they can recycle the tests year after year. However, I think students have a lot to loose by not being allowed to review their tests and make test corrections.
In teaching Algebra for special education students, I go over the homework and give my students the correct answers so they can check their work and ask questions on how to solve problems that they missed. This is another practice that many math teachers do not do. There is no point in assigning math homework for the sake of assigning it if students are not able to learn from this practice.
In regards to tests, I give small quizzes almost daily on every section we cover and grade them. I allow students to make quiz corrections, but in order to earn points that can help their original quiz score they must explain the cause of their mistake. This is an essential component that students can analyze their work and understand their errors to prevent them from continuing to make the same errors. This can also help students learn to slow down, show their work and see if their errors come from carelessness or lack of understanding how to solve the problem.
These practices are nothing new; but as a teacher and tutor, I see the frustration of parents who want to help their children, but can?t because never see their child/teen?s test. Hopefully, more teachers can see extreme benefits of learning from our mistakes and begin changing these harmful practices. I know teachers are under a lot of stress and pressure, but in the best interest of our students, allowing them to see their weaknesses and learn to analyze their errors can not only help them in math, but in life.
If your child does not enjoy memorizing their times tables, basic math facts, vocabulary words,etc, you are not alone! One way to make these tasks fun is by making learning a game. Baseball is a very easy way to turn practicing their facts into a game. Although this game works best with two children, you can play the game with one child and one adult.Materials: ?white paper, pencil, ?two game pieces or different colored coins and chipsObject: To score the most home-runs in a set time or to score an agreed amount of home-runs. Of course the real object is to practice the child’s times tables or other math facts:).Directions:1) ? Draw a baseball diamond with home plate, first base, second base and third base on a piece of white paper OR designate areas of a room as home plate, first base, second base, and third base if you would like to incorporate more physical interaction.2) ?Draw a scoreboard with your team and your child’s team name. Decide how many home runs a child must get to win the game. You can take turns if you wish or you can just allow your child to be up at all times, but after they get three strikes they must start back at home plate.3) Tell your child they are at base first. Show them a times table flash card. If they get the answer correct, they move to first base. If they get the answer wrong they have one strike.4) Show them a second flashcard, and either they proceed to the appropriate base or get a strike. Once they complete a home run, give them a point on your score sheet.5) Continue with this process. If you have two students, after one gets three strikes, the other child is up at bat.6) The child wins once they reach a certain amount of home runs or whoever gets the most home runs in a designated amount of time.