Dear Parents and Students,
Beginning today, for new clients, I have adopted the following fees per math tutoring session: $75 for 90 minutes or $60 for 60 minutes. These new rates will go into effect for existing clients on March 1, 2018. The option to purchase 10 sessions for a 10% discount remains the same. The policy for rescheduling or cancelling a session remains the same: no fee if notice is given at least 24 hours in advance; half of the session fee if notice is given between 4 and 24 hours in advance; full session fee if notice is given less than 4 hours in advance or for a noshow; and no fee if a vacated appointment is filled by another student. Regards, Ken Marciel, MS, PRP The above photo shows my solutions to this week's MATHCOUNTS problem.
The above photo shows my solutions to this week's MATHCOUNTS problem. After the official solutions are published next week, this post will be updated to verify if my answers are correct. UpdateHere is the link to the published solutions for the 8/21/2017 MATHCOUNTS Problem of the Week. My answers to the first and third problems were correct, while my answer to the second problem was incorrect. Here's why. I multiplied the rate of each person by 1/2. However, I should have instead divided each rate by 1/2. Equivalently, the denominator of each ratewhich is the time that it takes each person to wire a classroomshould have been divided by two, as shown in the following image, showing my corrected solution:
To kick of this school year, the following image shows my worked out answers to the MATHCOUNTS Problem of the Week published on 8/14/2017. When the official answers and solutions are posted, this post will be updated to see how I did. By the way, this is an example of an enrichment activity that I do with middle school students when time allows during a tutoring session. UpdateHere is the link to the published solutions for the 8/14/2017 MATHCOUNTS Problem of the Week. My answers to the first and third problems were correct, while my answer to the second problem was incorrect. Here's why. There is only one way to pick at least one of each of the four colors, and not 24 ways (4! = 4 x 3 x 2 x 1) as I originally thought. The problem then becomes the number of ways to choose from four colors for each of the two remaining notebooks. Next, there are only four ways to choose two of the same color. What remains is the number of two color combinations. In other words, the number of ways to choose two from four items:
4C2 = 4! / (2! x 2!) = 4x3x2x1 / 2x1x2x1 = 24/4 = 6 Finally, add 4 and 6 to get the final answer of 10 for the second question. LimitedTime Offer for Returning Students: Purchase 10 Sessions in the Month of August and Save 20%8/16/2017 As of the 20172018 school year, my rate for tutoring is $75 per 90minute session (at the hourly rate of $50). There is also the option to purchase 10 sessions in advance for a 10% discount, equivalent to 10 sessions for the price of 9. In other words, $67.50 per 90minute session (at the hourly rate of $45).
Additionally, as a limitedtime offer for returning students, purchase 10 sessions in the month of August and receive a 20% discount, equivalent to 10 sessions for the price of 8. In other word, $6o per 90minute session (at the hourly rate of $40). Don't wait until it is too late to take advantage of this offer. Also, now that the school year has started, my schedule is already filling up. So, call or message me today to get started! (702) 8826284, pro@kenmarciel.com Internet search results for tutors are saturated with third party services, through ads and search engine optimization. These third parties profit as middlemen, taking a significant percentage of the price paid for the services of the tutor. The middleman sells the labor of the tutor at full price, then compensates the tutor at less than full price. Many of these services operate nationwide and are therefore not local. This means that not all of the dollars you spend through them are not going back into your local economy.
A private tutor who is a professional educator, or an expert in his or her field of study, is a consultant who should not have to surrender a chunk of his or her fee to a middleman. It is customary and proper for consultants to work directly with clients, not through a third party. Therefore, I strongly advocate the patronage of independent local tutors instead of third party tutoring services. When you work with an independent local tutor, all of your money goes directly to the tutor and none to a middleman. This means that all of your money goes toward supporting the independent tutor, instead of being spent on advertising by the middleman. The result is a happier, fully compensated consultant who will in turn give you better service. The less you spend on middlemen services, the less demand for them and the less money they have to continue spending on advertising. So, vote with your dollars for independent local tutors. Every summer, students meet with me weekly for a math tutoring session (90 minutes) to give them a head start on the math tutoring course that they will be taking next school year. Additionally, time is allocated in each session for mental math, math for standardized tests, contest math, scientific calculator, or graphing utility, tailored to the level of the student.
My schedule is the same yearround. Monday through Thursday, I provide tutoring from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm; and Friday through Sunday, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. All of my tutoring is provided at Sahara West Library. The fee is $60 per 90minute session (at the rate of $40 hourly). Pay as you go or purchase 10 sessions in advance for a 10% discount. Call (702) 8826284 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a session. I teach using dry erase markers on mini white boards, which my students are welcome to use also. The image below provides a sample of my teaching style during a tutoring session. I also have a library of math books that I work from on my tablet computer. The image below demonstrates the factoring a fourth degree polynomial with four terms. The first step is to find the greatest common factor (GCF). Factor trees are used here to accomplish this. This technique comes in handy if you cannot come up with the GCF mentally. In the second step, a new binomial appears with its own GCF. We again use factor trees. In the third step, a difference of squares emerges. In the fourth step, the polynomial is completely factored. The next two images demonstrate the simplification of rational expressions. This time, factor trees are used slightly differently, to find the least common multiple (LCM) rather than the GCD (as used for factoring a polynomial expression). Each factor is circled in the tree where it is most numerous. All of the circled numbers are multiplied to yield the LCM, which is the lowest common denominator in the rational expression.
In the last step, we check to see if the trinomial in the numerator is factorable, which turns out it is not. 
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