The New North Portland Math Tutor — Me!

The New North Portland Math Tutor — Me!

After tutoring exclusively online, I am excited to announce that I will be meeting with students in person again. I’m the new North Portland math tutor! I’ve been so fortunate to work with students all over the country (and world) online, and I look forward to continuing to do that with amazing technology. At the same time, I’m looking forward to meeting more students in my local community!

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The beautiful St. John’s Bridge in North Portland

After moving around the Portland metro area for the past few years, my partner, dog, and I have settled in a wonderful little neighborhood in North Portland. If you live in a North Portland neighborhood (e.g. Portsmouth, University Park, Kenton, St. Johns, Cathedral Park, Arbor Lodge, Overlook, or Hayden Island) you now have the option of tutoring with me in person! As a North Portland math tutor, I will be traveling to students’ homes as well as meeting students in public places like libraries and coffee shops.

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A North Portland Math Tutor, cool! But who might be a great fit for this?

I’m so glad you asked! How about…

  • a high school student at Roosevelt High School or De La Salle North High School in AP Calculus AB who wants to ace their class and the AP exam in May
  • Someone trying to prepare for the GED math test
  • a Portland Community College student struggling in Math 95, College Algebra, or perhaps Calc 1.
  • a middle school student at Cesar Chavez School or George Middle School in pre-algebra who could benefit from some extra one-on-one support

Those are some examples, but I work with all sorts of students! Anyone in the following classes or studying the following subjects would be a great fit:

  • Pre-algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Pre-calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus 1
  • College Algebra
  • GED Math

Okay, this sounds great. But who are you? What kind of experience do you have?

My name is Katie, nice to meet ya! I have a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and taught high school math for two years after college. Since then I’ve tutored hundreds of students in math (and beginning Spanish) online and in person. I work full-time as a math tutor, so my students get my full attention. I’ve tutored online for the past two years, and am now so excited to be settled and able to tutor in-person as the new North Portland math tutor. Learn more about me here.

North Portland sounds great, but what about online math tutoring?

Let me reiterate for all you online students out there–nothing is changing for you! I’m still tutoring online!

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Kenton Neighborhood of North Portland and its Iconic Paul Bunyan Statue

For everyone in North Portland, you now have another option of in-person tutoring. Interested? Send me a message or start your application today. See you (virtually or in-person) soon!

– Katie, the online & North Portland math tutor

Find the Best Online Tutor for Your Child

How To Find the Best Online Tutor for Your Child

So you’ve been convinced of the advantages of an online tutor? Now, how to find a the best online tutor, one who your child will like, who will care about their success, and who is excellent at what they do? Whether you’re looking for an online math tutor, online reading tutor, or online biology tutor, read on!

Best Online Tutor Search FrustrationAsk Friends or Family

Often friends and family are the best sources for recommendations. As online tutoring becomes more and more popular, chances are someone in your social circles has found a tutor they’d love to recommend. Online tutors network and know other online tutors, so if you’re looking for a Spanish tutor, ask your niece’s online math tutor and you might be surprised to find her with a few recommendations. So, ask around! Maybe someone you know has a relationship with the best online tutor! Bring it up in a conversation at your hair salon, send an email, or post on Facebook.

Watch a YouTube Video

YouTube has become one of the best places for students to get help with their homework. (And for parents to learn how to help their child with homework!) You may be surprised that many of these videos are created by online tutors who are ready and would be thrilled to work with your child one-on-one. Search youtube for something that your child is having trouble with like “the scientific method,” “simplifying complex fractions,” or “consonant blends”. As an added bonus, you’ll get to see the tutor’s teaching style before you contact them.

Here’s an example of one of my videos on simplifying complex fractions.

Peruse listing sites like WyzAnt or Craigslist

Although there isn’t one ultimate site where all online tutors are listed, there are a few to check out. WyzAnt is the most well-known and has the greatest number of tutors. (Although it is less popular among many tutors, as the site takes a hefty chunk of commission from each lesson.) Other sites where you may find a tutor are University Tutor or Tutorz.

No luck on those sites? Check out Craigslist! While there can be shady things going on, a lot of people are out trying to find clients for their services. Search under the “lessons” category, and only contact tutors that you feel safe with. Better yet, the tutor will provide a their website so you can learn more about them.

If you’re looking for a tutor immediately or think you’ll need one who is available on short notice, check out Chegg Tutors. You can immediately be matched with a tutor and with this link your first 30 minutes are free.

Google it

When in doubt, google! Many online tutors have great content and will show up in your search results. You may even find public reviews on Google or Facebook. Search for “online math tutor” (or replace math with the subject you are seeking out). Big companies tend to take up the first spots of search results so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on page 1, don’t be afraid to check out pages 2 and 3. The best online tutor may be waiting for you in the middle of page 3.

Have you found the best online tutor for you yet?

I hope these strategies help you in your search! Finding a tutor can be overwhelming or scary, and I commend you in your effort and commitment to your child. If you’re still looking and haven’t had any luck, comment below or send me a message and let me know what you’re looking for. I’m an online math tutor, but I have connections with tutors who do everything from elementary reading to college molecular biology. I’ll do my best to recommend a great match.

Binomial Expansion Using Pascal’s Triangle

Binomial Expansion Using Pascal’s Triangle

As an online math tutor, I love teaching my students helpful shortcuts! Algebra 2 and Precalculus students, this one is for you. Let’s learn a binomial expansion shortcut. Let’s say we want to expand (x+2)^3.

Without knowing a shortcut, we would start out by first writing this as (x+2)(x+2)(x+2). Then we could FOIL the first two terms.

(x+2)^3
=(x+2)(x+2)(x+2)
=(x^2+4x+4)(x+2)

Which gets us closer, but now we need to multiply these together (by multiplying everything in the first polynomial by everything in the second polynomial).

=(x^2+4x+4)(x+2)
=(x^3+2x^2+4x^2+8x+4x+8)
=(x^3+6x^2+12x+8)

Phew, we’re done. But what if we wanted to expand a binomial that has an exponent of 4 or 5? Multiplying all of those terms together can really make your head start spinning.

Luckily, there’s an easier way. We can use Pascal’s Triangle to expand binomials. Check out my video for four examples of using Pascal’s triangle to expand binomials.

-Katie, the online math tutor