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Welcome to Considine Tutoring

Hi. I’m Michelle Considine. I look forward to working with you (or yours!)

  • Teaching license in Secondary Mathematics
  • Taught math at Fairview High School
  • Parent of 2 who both study/studied Applied Math at CU
  • Have experience tutoring all levels (see below)
  • My undergraduate degree is in physics from CU, Boulder
  • Have a masters degree in structural engineering

Tutoring Services

Math Courses

  • Algebra 1
  • Advanced Algebra 1
  • Adv. Pre IB Alg. 1/2
  • Geometry
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Pre-IB Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Advanced Algebra 2
  • Pre IB Algebra 2/3
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Adv. Pre-Calculus
  • College Algebra/Trig
  • SL IB Math
  • Elementary Functions/Calc 1
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • Calculus 3

Physics Courses

  • High School Physics
  • Pre IB Chem/Phys (physics part only, typically first semester)
  • Adv. Pre IB Physics I
  • AP/IB Physics II

Who

  • High school students (all levels)
  • CU students (both STEM majors and non-STEM majors)
  • Home-schooled high school students
  • Home bound high school students
  • Middle school students in Algebra 1 or Geometry (including those wanting to go into the IB program in high school)

Where

When

  • Here’s my availability to establish weekly, standing appointments
  • During Fairview Block Periods: I tutor in the middle of each block period on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students can easily walk to my house, have a one-hour appointment, and walk back to school before their next class starts. For 2020-2021, I have altered my schedule to fit the Covid BVSD schedule…
  • If you have two periods off back to back (such as 5th and 6th) you have time to walk to my house, have a 1-hour session and walk back to Fairview. Let me know if you’re in this situation. You have opportunities for tutoring that most students wouldn’t be available for on M, T or F. For fall 2020, see my availability.
  • Summer!! Over the summer, I offer a variety of services. If you have need for any type of math/physics tutoring over the summer, please let me know (even if the need doesn’t fit well into one of the categories listed!)

Benefits of Personalized, One on One Lessons

In both math and/or physics, students can find themselves struggling for a variety of reasons such as lacking mastery of foundational skills and concepts, being in a class that is moving too fast for assimilation of new material, being uncomfortable asking questions in front of peers, or simply being time-constrained.  Given that high school teachers have about 150 students, they are hard-pressed to find the time to give individual students the personal attention many students need.

As a professional tutor, I help students develop confidence in themselves as learners of quantitative content. Students begin to feel empowered in math and/or physics as we find and repair holes in their mathematical foundation and strengthen their conceptual understanding of the material. Furthermore, depending on the student’s needs, I work with them on organization, learning study skills, and learning how to use mathematical notation and organize their written work in homework so that they can do it on tests.

Though most of what I bring to students is described above, I also like to briefly highlight connections to what students experience/might be curious about in real life and tip them off to when and where they might see and use their current content again. For example, though learning how to invert 3×3 matrices by hand may not be inherently engaging, realizing that this math is used in engineering to design a wide variety of structures (including the tent of D.I.A.) justifies the effort to learn it (and learning that engineers use computers to do the heavy lifting of inverting huge matrices doesn’t hurt, either!) Electrical engineers actually USE imaginary numbers all the time! Exponential functions are essential in financial planning! Trigonometry learned in Geometry is essential in building and landscaping. When we learn about trigonometric functions in Pre-calculus, we are opening the door to mathematical modeling anything that is cyclic. (Look at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge failure on Youtube!) Realizing that high school math is the foundation for work in a wide variety of fields makes learning high school level math more relevant and thus more engaging. 🙂

Get in Touch

Michelle Considine (she/her)
303-817-6966 (text or phone)

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