My name is Francesca Taylor and the story of how I became a math coach is unique.
It all started in high school when I was accepted into the Beta Club in 11th grade. A requisite for staying in the beta club was to earn points by serving the community and school. One of the activities I could do to earn points was to offer free tutoring to my fellow students. Well, the free tutoring paid off because that is when I discovered my love and passion for helping others learn. By the end of that school year, I had enough beta club points accrued so I started tutoring for money, and have ever since.
At this point, I have 24 years of experience tutoring and coaching students in mathematics. I mostly work with high school and college level algebra, high school geometry, and Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). I also tutor SAT, ACT, and GED math. I have worked with students of all ages and backgrounds. I have worked with adults who decided to go back to school after 20 years. I also regularly work with home school students as well as students taking math courses via the internet. I understand that learning styles vary from student to student so I customize my approach and work with each student as an individual.
I am more than just a tutor. I do not sit around and wait until you’re stuck so I can hold your hand through the problem. No WAY! I am much more proactive than that. I guide the student through the concept, and then as problems are worked I observe the technique and methods used to solve the problems. I coach the student through, not only the work, but also the best ways to solve problems and methods for checking to ensure the answer is correct. By utilizing the graphing calculator I show the student that there is a connection between the equation and the visual image which not only targets different learning styles but adds to a deeper sense of understanding. By working with the student one-on-one I am able to identify weaknesses and target lesson plans for development in specific areas.
Began tutoring high school peers in 1993. Have tutored math regularly since.
I worked for 1.5 years in the disability services office at Valdosta State University, while completing my masters degree in Organizational Psychology. During this time I coached and tutored students with disabilities ranging from low vision to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had.
I tutored upper level math and FCAT, ACT and SAT while working for Sylvan Learning Center for two years. During this time I worked with elementary through college level students on skills building and mastery, standardized test preparation and homework support.
I have a great deal of experience working with students who are home schooled. I can serve as a coach who assists the teaching and learning that is already happening. I can better target specific learning areas than an instructor from an online class.
My Students are:
Persons of any age who are willing to challenge themselves by working hard and maintaining a good attitude. I am looking for a student who wants to do better, because the want is everything.