Gunlock Math Tutoring
Areas of service:Minneapolis and Saint Paul
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About Gunlock Math Tutoring
I'm Christopher Gunlock. Itís my full-time job to help people with their math.
I do all my own scheduling and consultations, which means there are no middle people involved.
I tutor students regularly all year on:
- High School Courses
- College Courses
- Standardized Test Prep and
- General Honors Enrichment
My tutoring services offer students a chance to work with someone closer to their level than a professor or teacher. I get along great with young people and make my lessons stress free and enjoyable.
First of all, the tutoring is always about you. This is your chance to ask everything you wanted to ask in class, but didnít get an answer to.
Iíve been a student like you and have a lot of things to share about getting good grades in math.
My tutoring specializes in three main areas:
- Homework help/answering any questions
- Efficient and fast test prep
- Study skills specific to math courses
Unless otherwise instructed by my clients, my goal is to make you self-sufficient. Itís usually not to your advantage to depend on a tutor to get your homework done and study for tests.
My clients improve the most when they are able to put in regular time with the material by themselves on top of the tutoring.
Study skills in math courses are often a different story compared to other subjects, so getting a tutor can shed light on the twists and turns of mathematics.
Questions and answers
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
Iíve received over 20 hours of training from various tutor companies.
I have served as a Teacherís Assistant for 6 different Math/Science courses at an accredited university and have been self-employed as a full-time math tutor for over a year.
In that time, I have taken students through over a dozen different school curriculums and textbooks. As a result, Iím very familiar with the different paces and styles of teaching that can occur with my courses of specialty.
I have a resume on hand if you wish to view my references for any of the above work experience.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
- Where do we meet?
I make home visits most often, but I also frequently meet at coffee shops and libraries. I'm able to travel 15 miles from my place near Dinky Town to any location.
- How often do I need tutoring?
1-2 hours per week is the most common for a typical class depending on your needs.
I do get some students with more immediate needs that meet with me several times a week for 2 or more hours at a time.
Others only need an hour each week to clear up questions.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I had an 8th grade boy who really disliked doing any math at all. His mind was always on soccer and was having a hard time keeping his grades up in math.
He was really resistant to learning, at first. But with some hard work and patience, we got his grades up and made him very self-sufficient in his math skills.
- How did you get started?
I began tutoring in my 3rd year of college as a way to give myself more practice with my math skills. It quickly turned into a way to earn a little extra money as well.
I found that I really enjoyed it and liked the idea of being my own boss, so I made it a full-time job after college.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Finding the right tutor depends on location, price, grade level, and a comfortable student-tutor relationship.
Get a tutor that is nearby, so travel time is minimized.
Find one that offers a rate within your budget, but don't get one so cheap that they can't help you.
Not all tutors will have expertise in the specific class you or your student is taking. Find one who has actually tutored the class you're taking or one very similar.
Once you meet the tutor, if you find it's easy to talk to him/her then tutoring will go smoothly. This is simply a matter of personality. Not all people will get along.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
- How much experience have you had in tutoring the course?
- Do you typically retain regular students throughout the semester?
- Do you enjoy working with young people/children?
- Do they enjoy working with you?
- What steps do you take to ensure the student retains the information learned during tutoring?
- Have you had a recent background check?
- What brands or products do you work with?
I have my own textbooks for reference or extra practice problems, but I prefer to use the student's assigned textbook or online curriculum as much as possible.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I'm currently studying to be an audio engineer and music producer. Being a freelance tutor allows me to find time in my schedule to pursue this field as well.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
The value of the time spent during tutoring is directly correlated with the time the student spends studying on their own.
The more the student can work on their own and then come to the tutor with specific questions or areas that need work, the more that can be accomplished during the tutoring session.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
After a lesson with a student, I am able to write up additional practice problems that mirror the ones worked on during tutoring.
This provides the student with a way to revisit the new skills on their own, thus, more fully integrating them into their memory.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Iím an expert with the following high-school courses:
- Pre-Algebra + Honors Classes
- Algebra 1 + Honors Classes
- Algebra 2 + Honors Classes
- Pre-Calculus + Honors Classes
I have advanced knowledge and experience tutoring the following college courses:
- College Algebra
- Finite Math
- Calculus 1
- Short Calculus
- What types of jobs are the most common?
Most of my students are in high school. They or their parents thought it necessary to get a tutor in order to achieve the kind of grades they desired.
I tutor Algebra 1+2 and Pre-Calculus the most often, but Geometry and Calculus quite often as well.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
I typically have about a dozen or so students at a time and a little less during the summer. Some students I tutor multiple times a week. Others, just once a week.